Blueberry growers in eastern PEI are wrapping up a big harvest. It might be the best crop they’ve ever had. Benny Nabuurs, president of the PEI Wild Blueberry Growers Association (PEIWBGA), says his yields are significantly higher than the last two years and are generally strong across the industry. Midway through last week he had only one field left to harvest.
Nabuurs’ fields run from Selkirk in the northeast to Belle River in the southwest of the region, and the yields have been very consistent from one field to the next. He estimated they are up about 20 per cent from 2021, but two years ago is the better comparison since blueberries have a sprout year and a crop year.
Terrence MacDonald of Savage Harbour finished harvesting about 180 acres on September 6 and said it’s the best blueberry crop he’s grown in 20 years in the business: “The crop is good, the price sounds like it’s going to be pretty fair, the weather was beautiful, life is good.”