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Raymont's Berries

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MPP Deb Matthews and Brad Raymont

MPP Deb Matthews and Brad Raymont

Stop by Raymont's Berries any time from May through September and you'll find a plethora of strawberries. Typically, Ontario growers can only produce strawberries for five to six short weeks. However, Brad Raymont found that by switching to day-neutral strawberries, which start producing earlier than other varieties, he was able to extend the growing season to as long as five months. He started using black mulch and row covers to warm the soil, getting a head start on the season. Adding a high tunnel helped move up production another two weeks, while using white plastic mulch extended the spring harvest season. The net result is more opportunities for people across Ontario to enjoy local strawberries, while extending the work term for seasonal employees.

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