The organic blueberry acreage in Washington state increased by 130% between 2009 and 2012. During that same time the farm-gate value of the state’s organic blueberries grew from $7 million to $23 million. Washington State University reported that Washington is the number one producer of organic blueberries in the US.
According to the North American Blueberry Council (NABC), world high bush blueberry acreage increased 42% from 2008 to 2012, while production grew by almost 70%.
The Pacific Northwest is currently one of the world’s largest blueberry regions. They produced 261 million pounds in 2012. British Columbia was the largest producer, with 115 million pounds. In 2012 Washington reached 11,360 acres and 70 million pounds in 2012. Washington is ranked third in U.S. production behind Michigan and Georgia.
NABC predicts that worldwide highbush acreage will grow 41% from 2012 to 2017.
With 70% price premiums and only 10-15% greater production costs than conventional, organic blueberries can certainly be a profitable choice for growers.