Berry season is magical, but it’s also full of questions and uncertainty. 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 help this fragile and magical time be a little more transparent and comfortable, we’re shedding some light on which berries are going into Imperfect boxes and why.
Strawberries: A more pie-friendly version of a buyers market
The report: After a wet winter, the recent warm start to spring kickstarted our strawberry season, fast-forwarding the ripening process, and putting a bunch of berries on the market early.
The takeaway: There will be lots of strawberries on the market for the next few weeks, so stock up!
Blueberries: Cold weather has us feeling blue and missing you
The report: 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.
The takeaway: While we’ve got some blueberries now, in late May and early June, you can expect more blueberries and lower prices once our growers can harvest more.
Blackberries: California and Mexico team up for a sweet surplus
The report: 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 supply will only increase once Californian growers start harvesting.
The takeaway: 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.