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Blueberry Harvest

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Peggy smith is the owner of whispering pines blueberry ranch in Columbia Alabama.

With ten acres of blueberry plants...that’s a whole lot of fruit to take care of.

This year Columbia hasn’t seen a lot of rain, and she thought it may affect her blueberry turnout, but she was one of the lucky ones.

"It hasn’t affected us a lot because we have drip irrigation so we were able to water our berries even though it's in the drought season. “Says Peggy Smith

For the past three years Peggy has participated in the headland blueberry festival.
She is excited for the festival this year because the number blueberries she had, has doubled.

“Last year we got a thousand pounds an acre and this year we are thinking we'll get two-thousand pounds per acre."

Before blueberries are ripe they are a green color...then change to a light pink and then ...to the color blue.
Now even though the blueberries can be a deep blue color...it doesn’t necessarily mean they are ripe.

Many people believe that blueberries are picked off of their plant...but that’s not true. Their tickled so that they fall off in your hand and don’t harm the fruit.

Peggy will be at this year's blueberry festival June eleventh where there will be activities for children, a blueberry recipe contest, and a pie eating contest.


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