It's strawberry season

Bill Zylmans with local strawberries. - Martin van den Hemel photo
Bill Zylmans with local strawberries.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

When the kids are finishing their last days of school, that’s the reminder it’s strawberry season, says W&A Farm’s Bill Zylmans.

And so with about a week left in the school year, Zylman’s pickers were out enmasse Thursday for the first time, picking massive red strawberries from his fields.

Zylmans is hoping that Mother Nature will come through for him for the coming weeks with plenty of sunshine.

“By having the cooler moisture in May and the first part of June, that has made our plants very lush, with lots of plant growth. But it’s taking berries longer to ripen.”

If the sunshine cooperates, and it remains dry, Zylmans is hoping there will be a solid four weeks to the strawberry season.

“This may turn out to be is a longer, drawn out strawberry season which is great for the consumer, and awesome for the farmer,” he said.

Zylmans grows five or six different varities of strawberries, with the sweetest version most popular for jam making, being ready in the next 10 to 14 days.

His strawberries are superior to imported varieties in terms of flavour, juiciness and sweetness.

Opened in 1948, W&A Farms, at 17771 Westminster Hwy., is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

For other strawberry farms in Richmond and the surrounding region, see

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