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California blueberries boast high yields for fresh markets

California blueberry growers use mechanical harvesters, hand crews to pick fruit

California is not the largest blueberry producer in the U.S. This designation belongs to Michigan though the Golden State has the highest per-acre yields of blueberries in the nation at over 10,000 pounds.

Blueberries are grown in a variety of locations in California, from the hot San Joaquin Valley to more temperate climates along the Central Coast.

U.S. blueberry production is on the increase as consumption climbs. Per-capita domestic consumption of blueberries grew 50 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.

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