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Local growers offer only the ‘berry’ best

This year’s local strawberry crop will soon be ripe and available for picking. Flats may now be purchased. - Web image
This year’s local strawberry crop will soon be ripe and available for picking. Flats may now be purchased.
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Here in the Lower Mainland, nothing says summer quite like biting into a juicy, sweet strawberry that’s been naturally ripened to perfection by the warm sun.

The climate of the Lower Mainland is a dream come true, for strawberry producers: mild wet winters, cool springs and hot summers.

Combined with rich earth, we have growing conditions that are unsurpassed yielding a luscious, flavourful and naturally sweet strawberry.

As our cooler spring weather starts gave way to the warmer days of late May and early June, the highly-anticipated strawberry crop, one of the first crops of our bountiful growing season, is available in local vegetable markets, farmers markets and at the many “U-Pick” farms around the region.

There are plenty of reasons to anticipate the arrival of the local strawberry crop, and first and foremost, it’s because the quality and flavour.

The moment you bite into a locally-produced strawberry you’ll appreciate the freshness, succulence and fantastic flavor that can only be found in strawberries that are ripened to their natural peak of sweetness and flavour, just as  nature intended.

Local berries are distinctive in their juiciness, intensity of flavour, and tantalizing combination of natural sugars that develop over time in the mild growing conditions of the Lower Mainland.

Consumers of home grown strawberries know that these gifts of nature deliver unsurpassed quality, flavor and value every time.

Local strawberries are nutritional powerhouses, offering health benefits-anti oxidants, fibre and vitamin C.

Local strawberries are picked at the peak of perfection. Consumers know local strawberries offer unmatched freshness, picked and delivered the same day guarantees that local strawberries will arrive at the table at their peak of ripeness.

Whether you purchase locally grown strawberries for a summer treat, for canning and preserving, or for adding to everything from salads to pancakes, you’ll appreciate the unique freshness of strawberries that are sweet, satisfying and wholesome.

For information on where to find delicious B.C. strawberries, and for full range of recipe ideas, go to the BC Strawberry Growers Association website at www.bcstrawberries.com

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