Asked how he thought berry sizing would end up this season, he replied, “It’s too soon to tell. The bees are just getting ready to leave,” so the berries are just beginning to form.
Diamond Blueberry Inc., which is the sales agent for Variety Farms and Bridge Avenue Farms, will have primarily Duke and Bluecrop varieties, which should account for at least 90 percent of its volume. It has some Elliott variety berries for the end of the season. And it has about 60 acres of the Draper variety, which is a mid-season variety.
With the Jersey product due around mid-June or so, he noted that Georgia blueberries were “wrapping up” on May 20, and “Carolina berries were in the market” on the date of this interview.
Asked if there were any new additions or upgrades at the facility, he said that Diamond Blueberry “picked up one more picking machine over the winter,” giving the company a total of 12.