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In the Shadow of the Blueberry Titans, Smaller Growers Thrive



These breeds were also the pride and joy of Elizabeth Coleman White, a cranberry farmers’ daughter who worked with government researchers to establish the commercial blueberry industry in 1916. Until then, blueberries were a wild thing, an indigenous American fruit foraged like ramps or morels. White made taming the Northern highbush berries in her woods her life’s work, and made American agricultural history in the process.

Like cranberries, blueberries thrive in acidic soils, which the Pinelands have in abundance.

“They were really looking for a second crop for cranberry growers,” said Allison Pierson, the director of Whitesbog Preservation Trust, which runs the 3,000-acre White family farm, now preserved inside the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. Known as Whitesbog Historic Village, it includes the Whites’ original plants, as well as the long-forgotten Katherine, June, Pemberton, Dixi and Wareham bushes still planted around her house. (Yes, Ms. Pierson said, you can pick from them.)...

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54 minutes ago, RalphWaldoMooseworth said:

Hey!  The story was aboot the NJ Pinelands!

It always gets a comment when I say that!  :)  Especially from Piney's.  :) Which president was it that declared the Pine Barrens, the Blueberry capital of the world while he was stumping?  

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