While the recent horrendous weather has left the majority of the UK feeling depressed and with a sense of will summer ever come, two of our most popular British-grown foods have experienced contrasting fortunes.
While cricketers have been left sat inside staring at the walls rather than standing in the sun before heading in for the traditional teas, strawberry growers have been harvesting what have been described as bumper crops. A recent article in the Telegraph revealed that strawberry growers are expecting to produce around 56,000 tonnes of strawberries, which would be 4,000 more than last year.
However, asparagus growers have been experiencing the complete opposite fortunes as the annual British Asparagus Festival due to take place in Evesham in Worcestershire at the beginning of May was cancelled because of a lack of asparagus!
In the case of the strawberry farmers, they had initial concerns that the warm weather we experienced in March which seems so long ago would have damaged the crop. However, the damp weather that we had throughout April enabled the strawberries to grow in their perfect conditions.
While the cool weather helped the strawberry growers, it was detrimental to the asparagus crop. Farmers said that because of the unseasonably good weather in March, they were expecting a crop of similar to those that the strawberry farmers revealed. However, the flooding of many fields throughout April left the crop sodden at the beginning of its peak growth season, which spans from April until June.
With plenty of causes for celebration in 2012, the public are certain to get their fill of what is a truly summery fruit in the UK. With Wimbledon, the Queens jubilee and the Olympics, you can fill your fridge with strawberries, and the URBAN eat range is taking full advantage. Coming soon to our exciting range of fruit products will be a strawberries and cream snack pot, perfect for strolling through a park at lunchtime this summer!