Blueberries

Blueberries
4:55 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Low Blueberry Prices Great For Fruit Lovers, Hard For Farmers

A pail full of lapis-blue, at a berry farm near Hillsboro, Ore.
Anna King Northwest News Network

The blueberries on your morning cereal are less expensive this year. That’s because farmers are harvesting a bumper crop this summer.

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Blueberry Harvest
6:05 am
Wed July 17, 2013

National Blueberry Boom Means Price Bust For Northwest Farmers

Dozens of workers at the Middleton Farm outside of Eltopia, Wash., stoop over chest high rows of bushes. It’s hot, but they’re they’re bundled in hoodies, scarves, hats – anything to shield against the blazing sun.
Anna King

North America’s blueberry crop is so substantial this year that farmers say prices are dropping. That’s after about a decade of rapid expansion of new plantings. Correspondent Anna King has our story from the blueberry fields of southeast Washington.

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Washington Blueberries
6:07 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Northwest Blueberry Yields Increase Dramatically, But Market Prices Same

Blueberry explosion: Washington state farmers are bringing in more blueberries that ever before this year at more than 60 million pounds. In five years, they are expected to bring in nearly 100 million pounds.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

It’s not news that Washington is producing record amounts of blueberries this year. It happened last year. Next year will likely break another record and the year after that too. The real news is: Where is the fruit going, and why is it still so expensive? Correspondent Anna King explains.

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