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NCDA&CS - Marketing Division - Horticultural Crops - Blueberries

Email: Dexter Hill

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For more than 70 years North Carolina’s blueberries have been a favorite in the diet of North Carolina consumers. Compact, tasty, and packed with health supporting nutrients, blueberries rank as one of nature’s super foods! Blueberries are a healthy source of anti-oxidant compounds that are proven to protect the body from stress and improve the immune system.  The North Carolina Blueberry Industry generates an estimated $72.1 million in farm income with 6,400 acres harvested. North Carolina ranks 7th in the nation in blueberry production with 48.5 million pounds annually. All of these factors make the North Carolina Blueberry Industry a vital part of the total diversification of agriculture in this great state.

North Carolina produces highbush* varieties of blueberries from mid-May through mid-July and the season is extended through mid-August with rabbiteye* varieties.

Blueberries produced in North Carolina are sold on the fresh market through pick-your-own farms, farmers markets both local and regional, and grocery stores. NC Blueberries are also sold to the food processing market and can be found in a wide range of formats for the food industry. North Carolina Blueberries are utilized in hundreds of food industry applications in not only North Carolina but all across the nation.

So this summer when you think of blueberries think also of “Got to Be NC Blueberries."

Please follow the links below for information on North Carolina Blueberry Events statewide, the history of blueberries, nutritional information, grower locations and much more!

 

 

For more information on North Carolina Blueberries contact:
Dexter Hill, Marketing Specialist
North Carolina Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services
202 Cunningham Road
Kinston NC 28501
Phone (252) 527-7125
Fax (252) 527-2893
Email: dexter.hill@ncagr.gov