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.