Wild blueberry harvest to be celebrated in Colchester and Cumberland counties

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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TRURO - The fifth annual Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival kicks off next weekend, with plenty of events for all ages.
The festival is celebrated throughout Colchester, Cumberland and East Hants Aug. 14 to 29. Kickoff activities are being finalized for Truro, and will include performer John Gracie Aug. 15 at the Marigold Cultural Centre.
A number of events including processing tours, live music, exhibits and competitions will take place throughout the three counties.
"It's taken a few years for people to realize what the festival is. The most challenging part has been getting the word out," said Devin Trefry, marketing co-ordinator with the
Central Nova Tourism Association, based out of Millbrook.
"Small (blueberry) events used to be held in rural communities but this is collectively holding them, as a broader festival, that draws more attention."
Trefry said people don't realize just how abundant wild blueberries are in this area.
"The central region of Nova Scotia has long been known for its abundance of wild blueberries. There are a lot of fields people just don't know about between Colchester and Cumberland," said Trefry.
Nova Scotia is the largest processor of wild blueberries in the world and is the second largest producer, second only to Maine.
The wild blueberry is the provincial berry and is the Number 1 agricultural export in Nova Scotia.
"We want to celebrate what we have and the benefits of blueberries," said Trefry, adding the wild blueberry is renowned for health benefits, having the highest levels of antioxidants of all fruits and vegetables.
These antioxidants help fight cancer and urinary tract disorders, among other health concerns.


Organizations: Marigold Cultural Centre, Nova Tourism Association

Geographic location: Colchester, Cumberland, Nova Scotia Millbrook Maine

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  • Sam
    January 18, 2010 - 10:15

    These antioxidants help fight cancer

    Like the kinds of cancer that the pesticides they spray on the blueberries can possibly cause.

    Google: Catching the Toxic Drift: How Pesticides Used in the Blueberry Industry Threaten Our Communities, Our Water and the Environment

    If you're blueberries aren't organic, they may have been sprayed over and over and over again.