Bad harvest for Colorado’s peaches and Maine’s wild blueberries
Poor weather conditions over the summer led to a weak harvest for both Palisade peaches in Colorado and wild blueberries in Maine. In Colorado, a temperature drop back in mid-April decimated the harvest for peach farmers in the Mesa region. Few farmers were lucky to salvage most of their peaches; others lost the entirety of their crop. One farmer interviewed by The Denver Post said he usually sells over one million pounds of peaches. This year he’s not selling any. Across the country in Maine, wild blueberry farmers face a similarly devastating harvest. Frosts in early summer followed by a steady drought led to fewer and smaller berries. “It is a disaster,” a farm advisor told the BBC.