Maine Blueberry Prices Down 

Blueberry growers say a good crop and a

poor economy have combined for up to a 50-percent drop in prices

from last year.

David Bell of the Wild Blueberry Association of Maine describes

it as a perfect storm in which both Maine and Canada had healthy

crops. In Maine, this year’s wild blueberry crop is estimated to be

90 million pounds, compared with an average of 75 million pounds.

Bell says berry prices had grown too high for the market to

sustain in a poor economy. He says growers report that they

received 60 to 62 cents a pound for their berries, compared with

$1.07 a pound last year.