Blueberry season starts early this year

A very warm spring means you can have a red, white and blue-berry pie on the fourth of July.

An early start to a six-week long blueberry season started Monday.

The blueberry ranch on Buckeye Rd. in Mishawaka is open for picking, and they say that they have a wonderful crop this year.

Their blueberries were able to survive the April freezes because of water. The blueberry ranch owner says they doused their field with 250-thousand gallons of water an hour, 14 times in April.

“We are approximately 2 and half weeks early,” said owner John Nelson. “We're excited because we will have blueberries for the 4th of July. A lot of our customers have out of town guests that come in and they will be able to pick blueberries and show them a local treat.”

You can pick blueberries every day except Sunday at the Blueberry Ranch.

They open at 7 a.m. and stay open until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays so that customers can avoid picking fruit during the heat of the day.

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