Henri expected to have everything in by Canada Day, July 1.
While last fall’s carrots were gone by February, Sherrington-based Groupe Vegco Inc., the marketing arm for 14 Quebec carrot and onion growers, was still offering good quality yellow storage onions to local chain stores, said saleswoman Charlene Newton.
“We planted on time, and we’re trying to be optimistic, but the weather is not cooperating, and these plants need sunshine,” said Newton.
Gord Medynski, director sales and purchasing for St. Ubalde, Quebec-based Patates Dolbec, said the grower’s 3,000 acres of sandy, well-drained soil can handle the rain pretty well.
Medynski said he expected to harvest the new crop of round whites around July 10, a week later than last year, and said demand and prices are strong after a mediocre season.
Demand is strong for all Quebec-grown products as the summer begins, Milette said.
“Even though we’re an importer, our priority is to give people what they want, and Quebec consumers want local products,” he said.
A decade ago, Courchesne Larose was selling 220,000 boxes of local grown product during the summer. Last year, he said, they sold 1.2 million boxes.
Now, everyone agrees, it needs to get warmer and drier for the Quebec season to truly begin.