New Jersey blueberries look to be running slightly behind schedule for the summer.
Bob Von Rohr, director of marketing and customer relations for Sunny Valley International, Glassboro, N.J., said the harsh winter didn’t really hurt the blueberry crop, but harvest may be just a little later.
“We’re looking for New Jersey blueberries to start harvesting around June 18 or June 19, which is a little later. The cooler spring has impacted that a little,” he said.
Still, the crop is looking good. Von Rohr expects to ship around 780,000 cases of blueberries through the upcoming seven-week season.
“There was plenty of rain — or snow, rather — so everything looks good. We’re past the bloom and most are already pollinated,” he said.
Bill Nardelli, president of Cedarville, N.J.-based Nardelli Bros. Inc., said he expects the season to start sometime in June.
“All in all, I think it may be a little slowed down due to the colder weather conditions, but I think we may catch up a little and have a traditional start at the end of June or first part of July,” he said.
Nardelli Bros. distributes New Jersey blueberries for many growers in the region, Nardelli said.
This start date should put the berries in stores just in time for Fourth of July promotions.
“It normally works out perfectly for that, and it looks like it will this year as well,” Von Rohr said.