The weather may not be exactly what people picture for the summer months, but so far Pemberton farmers have been reaping the rewards of the cooler weather.
"Last year was so hot that the strawberries pretty much roasted out in the field. This year they are carrying on much longer because theyve held better, because the weather hasnt been so hot," said Jordan Sturdy of North Arm Farm.
McEwans Farm has also seen an unusually long and productive strawberry season brought on by the abundance of cool, moist weather.
"The crop is much much better (than last year). Nicer berries. More berries," said Allen McEwan. "It (the weather) is much more conducive to growing berries."
The strawberry season usually lasts about four weeks; this year McEwans Farm is in its fourth week and showing no signs of slowing down.
"Normally, by the time we get into our fourth week its very slim pickings. But, this year were into our fourth week now and theres still good berries to be had and still berries to ripen yet. So who knows how long well go," said McEwan.
And it looks as if people have been taking advantage of the extended strawberry season.
"Were pleased with the response weve had. We could always use more people here but weve had good crowds and a good visit with folks as they come through, so its been fun," said McEwan.
"The farms been doing well," said Sturdy. "Theres lots of people coming because the weathers so nice. I dont know the numbers, but it certainly looks like theres lots of cars in the parking lot all the time."
Strawberries are not the only crop doing well in the cooler weather.
"The raspberries look fabulous. Actually everything does it all looks really good," said Sturdy. "All the veggies look great because theyve got nice even moisture. The only detriment at this point Id say is that the corn is going to be delayed a little bit "
The increased moisture this year is also an advantage for farmers. "Its been quite pleasant actually. A little bit of (precipitation) saves me money watering . Its nice not to have to water all the time. Thats big work," said Sturdy.
McEwan agrees: "The moisture means we dont have to irrigate, which takes a big load off of our shoulders as well."
But while the weather has helped some crops, it creates other problems for farmers.
"The big challenge for many of the farmers right now is to try and make some hay," said McEwan. "Thats been impossible except for that one little burst of heat we had at the end of May. Thats a negative. On the positive side, the potato crops and most everything else weve planted are doing very well with the moisture."
Sturdy has a similar philosophy. "Well, the way I look at it is that any year, any weather is good for some things and not so good for others. Its just the bounty of that particular season. For example, corn and melons are not going ahead as fast as Id like to see because we havent had the heat units. But other stuff is great because weve had a real nice amount of precipitation."
Potato farmers, however, will be watching the weather.
"The potato growers may have some concerns in weeks to come if this weather stays," McEwan said. "Blight is a big concern. This kind of weather might bring on blight, so wed have to worry about that. Certainly I would assume the vegetables could use some sun eventually too but were not complaining right now."
"All in all its pretty good," said Sturdy. "Everythings green, the place looks great. The weathers good."