SUMMER is on the way and the first strawberries of the year to hit supermarket shelves came from Chichester.
Grown on land at North Mundham and Runcton, the strawberries were produced by the Hall Hunter Partnership in their glasshouses just off Vinnetrow Road.
Managing director David Kay was delighted.
“I always think of a strawberry as a little piece of a perfect summer day captured,” he said.
“The team have worked exceedingly hard over the winter to ensure the plants are grown in the perfect conditions so that every ounce of energy is directed to making the fruit soft and sweet and ready to delight our customers.”
The company is the largest fruit grower of soft fruit in the UK and has built glasshouses all over the Chichester Plain in the past five years.
“Chichester is perfect for our crops as it has the best quality light and growing temperatures that are perfect in encouraging our plants to produce the earliest and sweetest fruit available,” he added.
The strawberries were supplied to Waitrose, which said the crop arrived a week earlier than 2013.