He says they bought more covers when the berries sprouted a month ago. His team is covering strawberries with two layers for double protection Tuesday night.
“We’re not particularly concerned about the strawberries because we think we can protect them,” explained Graham.
Those flowers can also usually rebloom and make more berries later.
“The roll covers are a fabric; they’re lightweight, said Graham. “It can give two or three degrees protection, but it’s a lot of labor to put them on and take them off and put them on and take them off.”
Blueberries are harder to protect.
Graham purposely planted multiple varietals of blueberries to stagger his crop and alleviate risk. But this year, they all started to bloom at the same time.
“The blueberries are a little more concerning, but we have different varieties at different stages of blooms, so we tend to think hopefully it won’t be a total loss,” he elaborated. “It’s certainly going to have some negative impact.”
Some blueberries blooming now are supposed to be late bloomers; picking typically isn’t until July.
His team hopes the freeze is manageable and short, so customers have berries to pick in the next few weeks.
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