Blueberries in October
I'm hoping to make one last blueberry buckle this year and am on the hunt for semi-local blueberries. I realize it may be a lost cause at this time of year but a co-worker got blueberries from Cider Hill in Amesbury a few days ago so it gave me hope (she said they were pretty wiped out though). I'll accept Canada but hope not to go as far as Peru (which is what Whole Foods seems to be down to). If anyone has seen semi-local blueberries around, I'd love to hear about it. I'm in the Greater Boston area but willing to drive. Thank you.
I hadn't found a local blueberry that I loved all summer and then a few weeks ago I got some, I believe from Canada, at the Reading Market Basket and they were the best I have had in years. I haven't had a chance to get back, so don't know if they are still there though. If you call MB produce mgrs. will tell you where everything is from. eg.. I had the best corn there too and it was from N. Andover.
I was in Montreal this week, and a few of the farmers at Jean-Talon Market had blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Clearly their own. So apparently science has puzzled out a way to keep the blueberry season going longer than it did when I was a kid.
Blueberries have been plentiful at Hay Market until about three weeks ago. They were from the Canadian Maritimes! And you'd see those at Market Basket as well. Then there were none. A week later, last Friday, they reappeared - rare and in smaller containers - again from the Maritimes.
You can get a peak at what things will cost and availability by checking out the market report for the Boston Terminal Market - http://j.mp/15ScaPs I don't know if the shutdown effects that data, it but looks like the market movement data http://j.mp/H3zzUV was effected.
Thank you for the information bhyde! I've noticed the same phenomenon with Canadian blueberries and wondered how they were managing to keep producing so late. The availability of blueberries at Cider Hill in Amesbury was also quite a surprise. I ended up getting 4 ounce containers of blueberries from Peru because aside from some dried up Canadian blueberries and a stray package from Michigan, it was all I could find. But at $4.99 a container (times four), it will be my last blueberry buckle of the season.