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Outlook for Blueberries and Peaches

Posted 5/1/2011 9:25pm by Sam Bellamy.

Outlook for blueberries and peaches!It is not every day that I get excited in looking at crops before they reach maturity. Believe me a lot can happen in a short time particularly with matters beyond our control. ( farming is very humbling) But in looking at the peach crop this week I was impressed. So much so , I wanted to take my wife out to see it but alas we are too busy for even that. It will be about June 10th before we begin harvesting the early varieties ( Candor and Derby); then comes Ruby Prince, Red Haven ( semi-free and freestone respectfully). Around June 20th it all becomes freestone varieties. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that freestone peaches aren’t available until later in July. Look for a listing of varieties later as the season nears. Likewise the blueberry crop is looking very good also. The high bush varieties should begin their harvest this month, maybe the third week of May. The rabbiteye varieties will start about June 15th. Pick your own blueberries should begin about June 20th. For a heads up the week of July 4th is generally an excellent time for pick your own. Climax and Premier varieties are usually mature with large full flavored fruit. The ideal type to freeze as individual berries and pour out the amounts you want later or eat them frozen as little treats on a hot summer day. Look for more information later. Meanwhile, give some thought to how the health benefits of blueberries and blackberries can potentially impact you and your families.

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