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U-Pick Blueberries
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Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Date: June 26, 2015

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U-Pick Blueberries

I’m Lacy Gray with Washington Ag Today.

Blueberry Hills Farms, near Lake Chelan, opened its fields for u-pick on the 13th, and co-owner Kari Sorensen says that their 16 different varieties of blueberries are bigger and better than ever.

SORENSEN: They’re beautiful. We’ve got a great crop on. We’ve got three different fields for a total of 13 1/2 acres. We’re 3 weeks early; it’s been crazy. I mean, it caught us so off guard.

Being a smaller operation Sorensen says they haven’t been affected with the recent H2A visa crisis.

SORENSEN: We’ve got our farm foreman, and he’s got his whole family and a few close friends that pick for us every year, so it’s the same crew. It’s because we don’t have a whole lot of acreage in apples or in blueberries, it’s easier for us to manage.

Bad news - most of their apples got hailed out this year. Good news - they have one property that should be semi-okay.

SORENSEN: We’re not looking forward to making a lot of money on apples this year, but we grow all the golden delicious that we use for our pies here at Blueberry Hills. We sell over 100 whole pies a day in the summer.

But again, as far as blueberries…

SORENSEN: The fruit looks absolutely beautiful this year.

For u-pick times and prices, as well as directions on how to get to Blueberry Hills Farms be sure to visit wildaboutberries.com.

That’s Washington Ag Today.

I’m Lacy Gray with the Ag Information Network of the West.

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