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Blueberries

Overview

Blueberries

The United States is the world’s largest producer of blueberries, harvesting a total of 564.4 million pounds of cultivated and wild blueberries in 2012. Nearly 84 percent of the harvest consists of cultivated blueberries.  (NASS 2013)

Michigan was the nation's leading producer of cultivated blueberries; the state harvested 87 million pounds in 2012. Other top producers included Georgia, Oregon, Washington and New Jersey.  (NASS 2013)

Maine was the leading producer of lowbush, or "wild," blueberries, harvesting 91.1 million pounds of wild blueberries in 2012.  (NASS 2013)

Blueberries rank as the second most important commercial berry crop in the United States, with a total crop value of more than $781.8 million in 2012.  March 2013 . . .  Blueberries


Marketing

  • Berry Health Benefits Symposium - Three-day event with speakers from the science community, health and wellness practitioners, food industry professionals, educators and consumers.
  • Fruit and Vegetable Market News Portal, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA - Custom data queries concerning weekly prices at terminal, shipping, movement and retail points for fresh organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables, sourced by product variety and regional locations, can be conducted using this excellent database.
  • Blueberry Council - U.S. Highland Blueberry Council - A non-profit to educate, promote and new ideas for blueberries.
  • Global Agricultural Trade Statistics, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), USDA.
  • U.S. Blueberry Industry, Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA - This site has production, consumption and world trade statistics.
  • U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council - This grower association was established in 2002 to serve the U.S. blueberry industry and promote the consumption of blueberries.
  • Wild Blueberry Association of North America - Since forming in 1981, this organization of growers and processors from Maine and Canada has promoted wild blueberries.

Processing/Manufacturing

Production

Businesses/Case Studies

  • Blueberry Hill Farm, Berkshire County, Massachusetts - This pick-your-own blueberry farm raises three varieties of highbush blueberries and has grown blueberries for more than 50 years.
  • Blueberry Hill Farms, Edom, Texas - This farm features a 10-acre you-pick blueberry orchard.
  • Bluegrass Blueberries, Edmonton, Kentucky - This case study, prepared by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service in 2002, discusses how the owners plan to tackle future expansion of their own business first and then the Kentucky berry industry in general.
  • Gillam Farms, Judsonia, Arkansas - This family farm consists of more than 500 acres of fruits and vegetables. Main crops consist of blackberries and blueberries.
  • Gingerich Farm Products, Inc. - Since 1919, this Oregon family farm has focused on producing blueberries, hazelnuts and grass seed. The farm grows, ships and processes (frozen and dehydrated forms) sustainably-grown blueberries, which have been sold throughout the United States, overseas to China and Australia and more recently to Japanese markets.
  • Merrill Blueberry Farms, Ellsworth, Maine - A fourth-generation operation whose harvested berries go through the Individually Quick Frozen method to preserve taste and nutrition.
  • Springbank Farm, Lebanon, Oregon - This blueberry farm in Linn County, Oregon, used a VAPG award to study the feasibility of making and selling blueberry wine.
  • The Tammen Treeberry Farm, Wilmington, Illinois - This farm markets cut-your-own Christmas trees and pick-your-own blueberries. Blueberries are grown on 50 acres and all are sold directly to customers.


Links checked July 2013.

 

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