SALEM, Ore. — It’s summer in Oregon, and that means it’s time to enjoy some delicious Oregon-grown fruits and nuts. Newly released statistics show Oregon as a top grower.
Oregon led the nation in production of several berry crops last year. One-hundred percent of the nation’s commercial blackberries, black raspberries, boysenberries and marionberries all come from our state, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service non-citrus fruits and nuts summary for 2011.
Oregon is also the sole producer of hazelnuts, or filberts.
“There’s certain parts of the country where you can only grow two or three things and they don’t have any water to irrigate stuff with and they have to rely on rain or snowmelt, and here we’re lucky to have good soils and the right climate,” said Thistledown Farm Owner Jared Henderson.
Many crops produced their best yields in several years in 2011.
Blueberries alone brought in a record $116 million last year.