[NAFEX] Blueberries vs. Blackberries

Richard J.Ossolinski ossoeo at verizon.net
Wed Aug 6 12:22:54 EDT 2008

Hello, all,

Blueberries, at least the lowbush type with which I'm familiar, lend 
themselves to mechanical harvesting once their habitat has been cleared 
of rocks and boulders - a huge undertaking/expense but one which 
growers in this area (which shares with Hammonton, N.J. the status of 
"Blueberry Capital of the World") have chosen to incur, as it minimizes 
reliance on (increasingly unpredictable) manpower at harvest time, 
which correlates to a more controlled, predictable harvest, hence a 
positive effect on the bottom line.  I can't imagine even firm 
blackberries withstanding the rigors of mechanical 
harvesting/processing that blueberries routinely endure with little 
consequence.  Then again, I don't know diddly-squat about blackberries, 
except that our local ones need to be handled with TLC.

Gouldsboro, ME Zone 5, and just a few days shy of the first ripe Puget 

On Aug 6, 2008, at 10:44 AM, Mark & Helen Angermayer wrote:

> This is puzzling.  Fruit Grower News indicated blueberry production is 
> expected to expand, in the near future, more than any other fruit.  As 
> indicated by the article Sam posted, they are even growing them in 
> Utah.  I can understand their popularity, they are tasty.  What I 
> don't understand is why growers aren't putting in more blackberries.  
> Around here, blackberries sell for quite a bit more than blueberries.  
> At the grocers, they sell California blackberries in a little 6 oz. 
> container for $2.50, equating to $7.50 per #.  The blackberries didn't 
> even look that good.  Blueberries sell for $2.00 per # at the same 
> store.
> I know a blackberry grower who goes to a farmer's market and sells 
> out in the first hour, charging $3.75 per #.  He is thinking about 
> buying blackberries from out of state in order to sell more. 
> We've been giving them away.  One lady, whom we gave some to, called 
> back and wanted to buy some.  She said the place that she normally 
> buys them was sold out.  We ended up selling blackberries without even 
> trying.
> Why isn't there more blackberry hype?
> Mark
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