Picking Blueberries

Picking Blueberries

Picking Blueberries. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Fruit Grower Report.

I’m a sucker for blueberries and according to Kari Sorenson, co-owner and general manager for Blueberry Hills Farms in Manson this years blueberry crop looks really good.

SORENSON: I would say the berries are even bigger this year than last. We’ve got three different fields for a total of 13.5 acres and one of our farms got hit with hail pretty hard. It’ll just make those our processing berries so we’ll use those for pies and jams and syrups and juice and then the other ones will be our fresh sales.

Blueberry Hills Farms is a family owned and operated and is small enough that the recent labor issues just don’t affect them. Sorenson says that as far as the prices for blueberries.

SORENSON: I know the price of blueberries has gone up but we’ve kept our picking the same as it was last year.

And she says that like everyone else they got started about three weeks early.

SORENSON: It’s been crazy. It caught us so off guard.

She says that a good portion of their apple crop was hailed out but she did have some good news.

SORENSON: We’ve got one property where they should be semi-okay. 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 here in the summer.

And that’s the best news I’ve heard all day.

That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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