Mummy Berry Problem Facing Some Farms, Still Lot of Berries

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A Vermont berry farmer says some of his crop fell victim to the mummy berry disease this summer.

Hartshorn Farm in Waitsfield opened its doors Sunday for its second Blueberry Festival.

Visitors could pick their own berries and/or choose from blueberry creemees, smoothies or even blueberry pizza.

Earlier in the season, the farm was hit by mummy berry as a result of all the rain the region has seen.

That’s caused by a fungus spreading from the dead blueberries on the ground makes the berries still on the plant to shrivel and die.

“Many farms across the state are having epidemic losses due to this mummy berry, it’s called,” said Dave Hartshorn, of Hartshorn Farm. “ If we didn’t have mummy berry we’d have an epic year, the branches are all falling to the ground they’re so loaded with weight. However some of those bushes lost 75% of their berries.”

Hartshorn says the mummy berry only affected the early crops, leading to one week of major losses.

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