Local blueberry farm suffers from increased rainfall

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COFFEE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Increased rainfall has been wreaking havoc on farmers and their crops, including blueberries.

Jeannie Reed and her family have operated J and J Blueberries “u-pick/we pick” farm in
Coffee County’s Cool Springs community south of Enterprise for the last 15 years.

The blueberry season typically runs from June first to mid-July, and this season could go down as one of their worst. Heavy rains have watered down the fruits’ flavor.

“We had a lot of blueberries burst when they get a lot of rain after they ripen. And that draws in bees. And the bumblebees come and draw little holes in it,” Reed said. “And wait for the fruit to ferment and come back and get drunk off the blueberries.”

J and J Blueberries are usually going strong in mid-July, but due to increased rainfall, it has dampened the customers’ abilities to get out in blueberry bushes.

And although bees are critical as far as creating the blueberry crop, sometimes they can be a detriment,
especially after heavy rainfall.

Reed believes all this rain does have a silver lining, excess production of blueberries for the Summer of 2022.

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