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Maine's Wild Blueberry Growers Had A Rebound Season

Blueberry Bounce Back
Robert F. Bukaty
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AP
FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2017, file photo a girl holds a handful of wild blueberries picked near Sherman, Maine. Maine's wild blueberry growers had a bounce back year this summer after struggling with low prices and small crops sizes in recent seasons.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's wild blueberry growers had a bounce-back year this summer after struggling with low prices and small crops sizes in recent seasons.

The only commercial scale wild blueberry growers in the U.S. harvest the fruit in Maine, mostly in the state's rural Down East region.

The 2020 crop was less than 48 million pounds, and that was the lowest number since 2004.

But experts say the 2021 season, which ended recently, appeared to be much better. One horticulturist said the crop was likely about 90 million pounds, which would be the most blueberries since 2016.