If you live in the Coopers Riverview, you might be looking at a dry summer.
Coopers River View, located in the western suburbs of Toronto, has seen its watermelon harvest reduced by 40 per cent this year due to a drought, with watermelon picking scheduled to resume in late July.
“Coopers is in the midst of an incredibly dry summer,” says Tim Fenton, the Coppers regional manager for Canada.
“We have a really good crop this year, but we’ve seen that there is a lot of drought.”
Coopers has been struggling to grow its own crops in recent years.
It used to produce about 50,000 tonnes of watermelon per year.
Now it is about 7,000.
Coopers says it will not be able to produce watermelon this year and will be forced to rely on local farms.
In some parts of the country, farmers are using less water.
Cooper’s farm, in the area of Maitland, west of Toronto is one of the few to continue to produce a large quantity of watermelons.
Its owner, Jim Prentice, says the situation has forced him to make tough decisions.
He says he’s looking to expand his crop in order to stay afloat.
But even with a bigger crop, he’s concerned about his ability to maintain his watermelon business.
“We have had a few customers that have stopped paying for our watermelos and we’re now looking at that as a possibility,” he says.
Prentice says that watermelones have been the only crop he can continue to sell to customers, but he’s been forced to raise prices.
Coppers Watermelon and Garden Co. sells about 5,000 watermelops per day, but it says it’s been affected by a drought that has made it difficult to find suppliers to meet demand.
With the Copps Watermelon shortage, it’s likely that Coopers will need to scale back its watermelonic production.
For now, Fenton says Coopers has not given up hope of getting back to normal, but says he believes that this year’s drought will continue.
It’s just a matter of time.”