General News · 11th August 2015
By our best guess, sometime during this year's blueberry season, we harvested our 20,000,000th blueberry.
An average season sees a harvest of 5000 lbs, and with approximately 250 berries per pound, the math says 1.25 million berries per harvest. The first big year was 1996 and with the exception of a few years, the harvest has ranged from 4000-6000 lbs per year.
All of this would not be possible without the support of the community. We are very grateful to all our customers and to all the people and friends who help with the harvest. The list of thanks is long.
This year we have a special thanks to Mel Williams who single-handedly has picked over 1000 lbs or 250,000 berries, or for all those pickers, that's 167 buckets. And Mel commuted from Tiber Bay every day. An extraordinary effort!
And where would we be without Bertha and all the cardboard flats? We sell the berries in flats and over the past 20 years this amounts to more than 10,000 flats!
And a big thanks to Jim Murphy for all the support and encouragement over the years!
With an average of 23 berries per lineal foot, if the 20,000,000 berries were placed side by side, they would stretch out for 164 miles, about the distance from Campbell River to Victoria or four laps around the perimeter of Cortes.
Thank you very much to all,
Mike and Donna Manson