With summer approaching, berry farmers want Manitobans to know that they are open for business despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a release sent out earlier this week, the Prairie Fruit Growers Association said that farms are working on plans that will allow customers to come and pick berries while maintaining health standards.
One of the proposed measures is to implement an appointment system to limit the number of people at any farm at one time. Other measures being considered include hand washing before and after entering the farm, physical distancing and not allowing in large groups.
"We also think there might be an increase in the demand for pre-picked berries so we’re working on setting up an online store for those farms that will need it." association director Philip Ronald said in the release.
The association said that haskap berries, saskatoon berries, strawberries, raspberries and sour cherries should be ready for picking by mid to late June.
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