Only Reenders’ smaller fields are currently open for self-service. Owner Ken Reenders said the bigger fields are still ripening and won't open for a couple of weeks.
“The big field won’t be ready until the fourth weekend in July,” the Grand Haven Township farmer said. “... Some of the crops are getting ripe about now and the crop looks fair.”
With a strange frost season last year, the crops were picked earlier, but Reenders expects the berries to ripen up a little later this year.
With the nicer summer days and cool nights, Reenders expects a good season this year. He also expects his sales to remain about the same as last year.
Some of his product has already been shipped to the nearby Green Acres Market in Grand Haven Township.
“There’s been a lot of customer interest right now,” Reenders said. “The season has already been getting busy.”
Several other local blueberry farms are waiting to open to the public.
Behm Blueberry Farm in Grand Haven Township will be opening soon. Owner Howard Behm said that after last year's unpredictable weather, his crop and sales are going to be considerably up this year.
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— By Ashlee Shelley, Tribune intern