CARUTHERS, California - Blueberry harvest has officially started in the Valley!
Crews started picking this week at Triple Delight Blueberries in Caruthers. Five varieties of blueberries grow on the 30-acre farm off Highway 41 and Nebraska Avenue.
Mark and Kimberly Sorensen started the farm about 21 years ago. Sorensen is a 5th generation raisin farmer, who wanted to diversify his operation.
In the mid-90s, blueberries were hardly being grown commercially in California.
"There was one guy growing blueberries (in California)," Sorensen said. "And so we decided to try it on a small scale."
Over two decades later, the farm has grown and proven to be a success. Triple Delight Blueberries is named after the Sorensen's three daughters.
This year, Sorensen said harvest started about one week late.
"We had some early damage on our early varieties from frost back in February, but the rest of the varieties did really well and survived," Sorensen said.
You can find Triple Delight Blueberries at the The Vineyard Farmers Market in Fresno and their stand at Hwy 41 and Nebraska Avenue in Caruthers beginning this weekend.
The rest is sold at various farmers markets across the Bay Area. Click here for more.