Berry season is magical. But it’s also full of questions. We’re all wondering when our favorite berry is going to be available and for how long. It’s like having a beloved friend in town who keeps hinting that they may leave at any moment. To make this magical time a little more transparent, we’re shedding some light on which berries are going into Imperfect boxes and why.
After a wet winter, the recent warm start to spring kickstarted our strawberry season. You’ll see a bunch of strawberries on the market early this year. So start gathering all your favorite strawberry recipes like this Refreshing Strawberry Basil Lemonade.
A recent cold snap in California set our blueberry growers back. Plants stop ripening when it gets too cold, so right now there are remarkably few blueberries ready to harvest. One of our Santa Maria growers reported that in a harvest where they normally expect 30,000 pounds, only 15,000 were available to pick. So while we’ve got some blueberries now, you can expect more and lower prices in late May and early June.
While the Central California blackberry crop is just waking up from its winter nap, the Central Mexican season is well underway, and so we’ve been getting large, ripe blackberries from south of the border for a few weeks now. The berry season supply will only increase once Californian growers start harvesting.
If you need blackberries for that Memorial Day pie, we’ve got your back. If you’d prefer to wait until blackberries are available more locally, wait a few weeks until the domestic season starts in earnest. Either way, you’re in for a lot of blackberries once June arrives.