Blueberry Crops Thrive Despite Dry, Hot Summer

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

Many farmers across the state are having a tough time after an unfortunate growing season.

The hot and dry weather ruined countless crops, but one berry is having a fruitful season.

Lakeview Berry Farm, overlooking Lake DuBay in Mosinee, is having an unusual growing season.

"It's been insane, it's been crazy," said Danielle Banks, who's family runs the farm. "We opened two and a half weeks earlier than normal for our red raspberry picking," she said.

But the early season, which should have produced even more plump, juicy berries backfired when it came with a drought, wreaking havoc on farmers throughout the state.

"Unfortunately with the weather the drought hit us hard, we kinda seem to be in a stretch here where the rain goes to the north and the south of us, so we went almost three weeks with we had I think two small sprinkles," Banks said.

Along with several varieties of raspberries, the farm also grows gooseberries, rhubarb, currants and blueberries.

Lakeview Berry Farm has 20 acres of berries but only one acre is dedicated to the only berry that's been fruitful this year, the blueberry.

"We've had so many blueberries this year," Banks said. "We started picking them three weeks earlier and we're still picking them."

Though still financially hurting from the drought, the blueberries are keeping the farm open. They consider closing until fall raspberries came in season, but people kept coming back for the blueberries.

"You know a handful a day," she said.

The raspberries are making a comeback with the fall varieties in season, but without more rain they will quickly dry up.

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