New Jersey blueberries to enter season a week early

05/24/2012 02:24:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

ABI’s growers grow on 1,200 acres.

Freshwave Fruit & Produce LLC, Vineland, plans to begin harvesting in early June.

Tom Consalo, director of sales, said that timeframe should see high volume of blueberries as Freshwave also plans to be marketing its Georgia and North Carolina production during New Jersey’s seasonal debut.

“We will have a lot of blueberries to move,” he said in mid-May.

“We look to have really good volume and quality, especially compared to the last couple of years when those were cut short.”

Consalo said recent seasons started late and finished early.

Vince Consalo, president of Wm. Consalo & Sons Farms Inc., Vineland, said the early varieties should start earlier than normal, although he said he expects the later varieties to begin in their normal slots.

“Talking with the growers, they can’t wait,” he said in mid-May.

“With the season starting earlier, we should be able to offer the Jersey blues earlier. We should get a better movement because we will be ahead of the other areas.”


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