Cold brings bittersweet news about strawberry harvest

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Posted: Jan 30, 2014 10:31 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jan 30, 2014 10:31 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: strawberry, weather, crop, harvest, louisiana, ponchatoula

PONCHATOULA- The deep freeze was a double-edged sword for strawberry farmers.

Eric Moreau said two spells of unusual frozen weather killed a lot of blooms but some fruit survived.

"The weather whacked them pretty good," he said but is encouraged about future forecast models. He anticipates a traditional strawberry season.

"We won't have many early berries, but they will be good by March," he said. He added people should not expect many strawberries for Valentine's Day, which is about two weeks away.

However, he did say the berries taste great.

"The strawberries are really, really sweet," he said. Dry weather and cold temperatures actually helped make them sweeter.

Ponchatoula strawberries will be sold at Saturday's farmer's market in downtown Baton Rouge.

Crawfish were also negatively impacted by the recent cold spell.
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