Georgia Blueberries – Home-grown & Here to Stay

Waycross, GA -- June 17, 2010 – With more than 14,000 acres dedicated to growing two main blueberry varieties and with claims of holding the longest season than anywhere else in North America (late April through the end of July), Georgia blueberries are home-grown and here to stay.

In 2010, the Georgia Department of Agriculture formed the Georgia Blueberry Commission. While the commission is just getting started, blueberries have been a part of Georgia’s agricultural landscape and culture for some time. The Georgia blueberry festival, which takes place in Alma, Georgia from June 4-5, has attracted statewide visitors for 36 years. With everything from pie eating contests to blueberry-themed breakfasts, blueberries do have a place in Georgia.

“We’re not known for our blueberries, but quietly we’ve been growing these delicious berries and they have certainly taken a foothold in our fine state,” notes Joe Cornelius, chairman of the Georgia Blueberry Commission.

A few facts about Georgia blueberries are:

  • Two main varieties are Highbush and Rabbiteye
  • More than 14,000 acres are dedicated to growing blueberries (2009)
  • Georgia claims the longest season lasting from late April through the end of July
  • Growth has more than doubled over the last 10 years (from 6,000 acres in 2000 to more than 14,000 in 2010)

Based out of Atlanta, Georgia, the Georgia Blueberry Commission was formed in 2009 to support research, education and promotion programs on behalf of the state’s growers. For more information about Georgia blueberries, contact Sahlman Williams Public Relations 813.251.4242.