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Pandemic isn’t slowing down blueberry season

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ELEVA (WKOW) -- August is the height of blueberry season and at one orchard in Eleva, COVID-19 hasn't slowed down business.

The owner of Blueberry Ridge Orchard, Andrea Nysath, said even with extra safety measures and regulations in place, people are still eager to come out and pick blueberries.

The orchard has 20 acres of land, which Nysath said provides customers with plenty of space to work while still being able to maintain a physical distance.

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Nysath said business this year has been similar, if not busier, compared to past years. She said she's seen more interest from people on social media who are looking to pick their own berries.

"We did start noticing, probably mid-June, many more Facebook followers than we had seen from the incline in other years," Nysath said. "I'm sure it's because people are just excited to be able to get out and do something. It seems like an activity that people enjoy, and they can be safe while doing it."

Nysath suggested in order to get the best freshest blueberries, pick from the outside of the bush and work your way in. The bluer the berry, the sweeter it is.

Jessica Porter

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