US (WA): Blueberry production up

Whatcom, Washington, is the biggest county when it comes to blueberry production. With an estimated 7,000 acres dedicated to growing the sweet blue fruit, it comprises nearly 40% of the total state production, according to Alan Schreiber, administrator of the Washington Blueberry Commission. Blueberries are in such a growth pattern in Washington State that the challenge may be where to go with all the production.

He said that overall production is almost in and that it may even reach a total figure of 120 million pounds, 6 times what it was just 10 years ago. He expects Whatcom to have produced around 48 million pounds when 2016 comes to a close.

Blueberries are growing so much in Whatcom County that they could soon even overtake raspberries in the county. While the raspberry continues to find new fans, the blueberry has ridden a tide of worldwide acclaim for its healthful qualities over the past decade. With current progression some believe the total production of blueberries in the state could rise past 200 million pounds in just a few years.


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