Kinsey, AL (WTVY) Many people enjoyed the warm winter, but farmers say the weather may have caused a shortage in the blueberry supply. They are now having to work around this unexpected season.
"Normally you need 400 chill hours to 675.. And we didn't get hardly any this year. And that's anything below 45 degrees," said local blueberry harvester, Harold Raley, owner of Premier Blueberry Farms based in Kinsey, Alabama.
The normal season for blueberries usually begins at the end of May and lasts until the end of July. Nationwide farmers from Florida, North Carolina, to New Jersey have been seeing the result of the unusually warmer growing season.
"They bloom early, especially like North Carolina and New Jersey.. they get a lot colder than we do… so they lost all that.... we lost part of it, but not all of it," said Raley.
The price you pay to pop a couple blueberries on these hot summer days you can also expect to go up, as the demand outweighs the supply.
Stores that provide blueberries and other fresh fruit are anticipated to hike up the price for a pack of blueberries an extra dollar.
Along with a shortage, this season is also expected to be shorter than normal, Only lasting until end of June.
You can begin purchasing local blueberries