Weather Affects Berry Crops

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With all the recent storms and rainfall some areas in Vermont have seen flood and wind damage. The berry industry, however, is flourishing.

Charlotte Berry Farm is doing well following recent storms. Owner Melissa Beatty said that her blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are actually much bigger due to all the rain.

“The blueberries love the rain and all of our other berries– blackberries and stuff love the rain,” Beatty said.

But the farm didn’t go completely unaffected. The rain rotted the strawberry crop and took down a couple of healthy blueberry trees. Beatty wasn’t too worried about it though, because she sees rain as a good thing.

“When it starts pouring a lot the strawberries just kind of seem to rot,” she said.

Beatty thinks the rain may have prolonged the season. It usually ends in the first week of August she explained, but the rain could extend it to the middle of the month– creating an overlap between seasons so the farm won’t have to shut down in between.

“As long as we get some more sun we’ll be good,” Beatty said.

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