Triad blueberry farmers expect record harvest


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In the coming weeks at fruit farms throughout Guilford County, everything will be coming up blue.

“This is going to be the best year for blueberries that I’ve ever had,” said Rick Langhorne, co-owner of Blueberry Thrill Farm in Gibsonville. “My bushes are bigger, the demand is higher, and the quality of fruit is really good.”

Growers across the state are anticipating a record blueberry harvest in the wake of a warm, relatively dry spring. Steve Troxler, the state’s agriculture commissioner, said last week that farms were producing “some of the highest yields and best-tasting berries we’ve had in years,” but the peak of the season in the Piedmont is still to come.

“The pivot point for blueberries in the Piedmont is the Fourth of July,” Langhorne said. “That’s when we get going hot and heavy. The people down east are growing hot and heavy now.”

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