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2014 Ripeness report

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 1, 2014

Duke blueberries

Duke blueberries

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Blueberries are early this year.

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 2, 2013

In other years blueberries would be at this stage of ripeness one or even two weeks later.

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July 9,2012 Duke blueberries

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 9, 2012

Duke blueberries

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Draper blueberry

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 9, 2011

Most of the Drapers are available in one picking. Their skin is thick enough to produce an audible crunch when you bite into one!

Draper blueberry

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Third pick for Dukes

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 6, 2011

This year there will be a third pick of the Dukes starting next week.

Duke blueberries

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Extra large Dukes

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 3, 2011

We have seen some extra large Dukes on the cleaning belt this year. I hope this is a result of our increased efforts to put pollinators in the field!

We are passed the peak of the duke harvest  and we are close to picking Bluecrop.

This antique sign speaks of a bygone era. Prices for fresh bluberries are higher this year in the stores.

Duke blueberries

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Duke blueberries

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 19, 2011

Because of the cool weather harvest is a record two weeks later than normal but the Dukes will be just as crisp and tasty as ever!

Duke blueberries

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Blueberry ripeness – July 19,2010

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 19, 2010

Draper blueberries

Pictured above is the Draper variety of blueberry. Years of plant breeding starting with the Duke variety have led to this new cultivar. Several years ago when the plants were first offered on the market we bought some for our farm and now is the first year they are in production.

Drapers tend to be a little larger than Dukes but the same pop you hear when you bite into a Duke tells you this is the same kind of firm berry that stays fresh in your fridge for weeks.

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Blueberry ripeness July 9,2010

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 9, 2010

Duke is that great fresh market berry – the berry with the crunch when you eat it. Dukes will last in the fridge for several weeks. They also freeze well. They look almost like fresh when thawed.

In a few days these berries will be ready for first pick.

Dukes

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Blueberry ripeness August 15,2009

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 15, 2009

This is a picture of Bluecrop ready for the third picking. Dukes are picked in two pickings so their time of availability is shorter. The coming week should be good for fresh market Bluecrop.

Bluecrop ready for third picking

Bluecrop ready for third picking

Elliot is a low sugar content berry that ripens after Bluecrop. The tartness combines with flavour to cause a love ’em or hate ’em response. I love them – my wife doesn’t.

Elliot blueberries

Elliot blueberries

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