Blueberry crops prospering this summer - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Blueberry crops prospering this summer


The heat, humidity and frequent rain showers may not be everyone's ideal summer weather, but it's perfect for blueberry season.

Tara Caetano and her daughter, Brynn, were on the hunt at Rose's Berry Farm in South Glastonbury.

"I figure she'll eat them more if she actually picks them," Caetano said of Brynn. "She's been on a blueberry kick for a while now. We like to make muffins and pancakes."

All the blue is good news for the South Glastonbury farm. Last year's warm winter led to a tough berry season, and the strawberries this year struggled in the springtime rain.

Now all the blueberries are coming in strong.

"They do thrive from the rain and having the really strong sun so when we have these heat strokes like this every couple of weeks, it does well," said Tyler Walles, of Rose's Berry Farm.

There are nearly 50 acres of blueberries so people need to take a little ride to get to the fields.

And to keep all of it free from birds that like to eat the berries, the farm brings in some extra help with the use of falcons.

"They come on command," Walles said. "It's the fastest, sharpest trained animal you've ever seen. And they do a really good job just patrolling the boundaries of the farm and keeping the birds away from the crops."

Farm workers said berries there cost you $2 less than in the stores, and you really can't put a price on the whole berry picking experience.

For information on Rode's Berry Farm, click here.

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