This summer’s sizzling weather is helping to put fresh local produce on dinner tables earlier than usual this year.

According to Dean Foster of Fosterholm Farms Inc., crops have been about two weeks ahead of schedule.

“Sweet corn is normally around the end of July. But we’ve had it here for a couple weeks now and we’re just really getting at it good right now,” he said.

Foster, who grows berries, peppers and pumpkin squash among other crops on his farm in Prince Edward County in eastern Ontario, said the weather is a big plus all around.

“The heat advances the crop so there’s more growing time,” he said. “And an early start means you’ve got more potential days to sell your produce.”

According to Pam Fisher, a berry crop specialist with the provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, heat and soil moisture usually lead to crops with a good yield.

Even in parts of southwestern Ontario, where isolated pockets have had little rainfall, farmers have still been able to irrigate.

“The crops out there right now are excellent quality,” Fisher said.

The only real victims? Strawberries. According to Hughes, warm weather in March brought the bloom out early and then frost on Mother’s Day weekend cut the crop in half. But the ones that survived are delicious.