Blueberry season is late – blame it on the moon

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Jim Moodie, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:33 PM ET

SUDBURY, Ont. — Blame it on the moon?

Ontario's blueberry season is weeks late, and pickers are blaming it on a wonky lunar cycle this year.

Arthur Choquette, a veteran blueberry vendor near Sudbury, says the first full moon of the year didn't fall until Jan. 18, and this month's supermoon came on Saturday. That means we're "technically just a few days into July," he reasons.

"The best picking is normally around July 15, but now it's going to fall on July 27 or 28," he figures.

While he doesn't think the season will be a complete bust, he does think it will be an abbreviated one, and worries about the impact of the invasive gypsy moth.

Now in its caterpillar stage, the leaf-munching nuisance "has got a head-start on us," says Choquette.

Joe Shorthouse, a retired professor of biology at Laurentian University, agrees the invader is a concern, but all other conditions have come together for a decent season.

"I know the hills near our house have a lot of blueberries this year, so it appears everything came together for a good crop."


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