By Sam Carter Baldwinsville, N.Y. (NCC News) — Despite heavy rains in May and June, this year’s central New York strawberry crop is strong.
Some berry growers feared that the harvest would be negatively impacted by all the rain the region endured over the past six weeks.
Tony Emmi, the proprietor of Emmi Farms, said that it came as a shock that his strawberry crop was unaffected, but adds that they are not out of the woods yet.
“Surprisingly, they’ve taken it really well. But now that the fruit is beginning to ripen, I don’t know how much more it can take,” Emmi said.
Although the first yield of the season was good, Emmi said that if the second is washed out, it could affect the price consumers pay for strawberries.
“If enough people lose their next picking it could affect the price,” Emmi said.
Emmi said he does not think it should not affect the price too much.
“Not more than a couple of cents a pound,” Emmi said.
According to the National Weather Service, central New York experienced its third rainiest May on record. The average rainfall for the month is just over three inches, while this past May saw more than six inches of rain.