The drought took its toll on Taylor Farms blueberries early in the season, but some of the delectable little morsels may be available soon.
Taylor Farms is owned by Dwight Taylor and his son Lee. Dwight says the recent rains have helped the blueberries considerably.
“The rain has been wonderful,” said Dwight. “Now, if it stays like this for a while, that will be great.”
Prior to the recent rain, the early harvest of blueberries was hit hard by the drought.
“The heat took its toll on the blueberries early in the season,” said Lee. “It made some of them look like raisins on the vine. I doubt we will have any early in the season.”
News is not all bad for the delectable morsels. Dwight says the rain will help ensure some blueberries hit the market soon.
“We still have the mid-season and late-season blueberries yet to go,” he said. “We might be down, but we are not out.”
The Taylors have been growing and selling all-natural blueberries, which are free from pesticides, chemicals, herbicides and fungicides, since 1988. The blueberries are picked by hand.
Blueberry plants are very sensitive to water stress and require frequent irrigation to grow and produce, even when well established.
“This is not the first time we have had heat affect the blueberries,” said Lee. “I can’t remember when the last time was, but we have always made it through.”
Taylor Farms blueberries have grown in popularity over the years. They have won awards for taste and regular customers return each year to purchase them for use in cobblers, jams, jellies and pies.
When available, the blueberries are sold at the Farmers Market. For more information or to place an order, call 607-6364.