Blueberry boom in Upper Peninsula
MARQUETTE, Mich. - Wild blueberries in Michigan's Upper Peninsula are so abundant this year that pickers may be gathering the fruit until the end of August.
The Mining Journal of Marquette reports that the bountiful harvest is being attributed to above average precipitation and cooler than normal temperatures.
Karyn Vanlinden of the Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Marquette says the bureau is receiving calls from tourists from as far away as Chicago.
Blueberry picking is popular in many parts of the area. The sandy plains where jack pine grow are ideal for blueberries.
A big event tied to the season is in Chippewa County where organizers are getting ready for the Wild Blueberry Festival on Saturday and Sunday in Paradise. The festival offers arts, crafts, music and blueberries.