Blueberry season escapes damaging May frosts

Blueberry season escapes damaging May frosts
Thérèse Charbonneau, co-owner of Paradis des Fruits Dunham (Photo : Courtesy )

By Michael Boriero

While Quebec’s strawberry production took a hit this summer due to damaging frosts in May, blueberry season was able to continue unabated, and in some cases, produce one of the most fruitful years in recent memory.
Thérèse Charbonneau, co-owner of Paradis des Fruits Dunham, said it has a lot to do with location. Her farm is in a special microclimate zone in the Eastern Townships. She managed to cultivate as much as she normally does in a regular season.
“I feel very privileged where I am because I have a very nice crop of blueberries, raspberries, corinths, autumn fruits […] I didn’t have a lot of frost damage,” said Charbonneau.
It is peak blueberry season, according to the berry farmer, and business has been running smoothly, despite ongoing pandemic health and safety measures. She has seen a lot of visitors this summer, and all of them are looking for fresh blueberries.
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