Letter: The risks of growing blueberries in Canada

— The News

My family grows blueberries in Abbotsford. We love it. Being outside in the beautiful Lower Mainland, tending our fruit which I know our customers will be eating just days after picking gives me a sense of place and community.  As anyone who has bought blueberries knows, they don’t last forever, and you had better eat them quickly before they’re past their peak.

Part of running a successful business, whether it be in blueberries or televisions, is getting your product to market. Unfortunately, as is the case in any business, sometimes the buyers of your product either can’t or won’t pay for it due to bankruptcy or insolvency. If I sold TV’s, then in such a circumstance I would be able to reclaim my product, but with blueberries, due to their short shelf-life, once they’re gone they’re gone.

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