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Berry sales "hectic" after farm shut off

NARELLE HENSON
Last updated 10:29 24/12/2013

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The berry farm closed off by a road accident yesterday is open and sales are "hectic" this morning.

Raewyn Matthews, owner of Purunui Berry farm in Newstead, said sales had started at 7am, and were "very, very hectic."

"We are probably going to run out by mid afternoon. We'll still have blueberries and gooseberries, but I'd say we'll run out of strawberries."

Around 350 kgs of strawberries were left sitting at the farm yesterday as a police road block kept customers away.

Farm workers had arrived before the accident to begin work, and had done a half day by the time Mr and Mrs Matthews decided there were not enough customers to chip away at the 350kg harvested.

That left the berries stranded at peak sales time for the farm.

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- Waikato

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