Summer's harvest early

Last updated 10:54 12/12/2013
Albert McDowell
Sollers-Hope Strawberry Farm owner Albert McDowell with some of his early strawberry crop.

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You know its summer when you can eat a fresh strawberry, so it seems that summer has come early to Southland this year.

Southland grower Sollers-Hope Strawberry Farm, of Oreti, is about four weeks ahead of schedule producing fruit, and owner Albert McDowell said it was the summer sun that had helped.

''We've had some really warm days lately, which is certainly bringing the fruit on and November was also a warm month which has put our crops at least four weeks ahead.''

The weather office confirmed that November was a warmer than usual month in many parts of the country.

Normally at this time of year strawberries are brought in from other parts of the country, he said, but not this year.

''People can enjoy locally grown strawberries right now because we're so far ahead.''

And as for the taste?

''They're sweeter.''

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