Numlock News: November 30, 2021 …

By Walt Hickey Huckleberries Huckleberries are delicious, tart berries that are gathered from public lands in the American West. Demand is up, but supplies are down, and prices have doubled to $17 per pound in the past two years. Peak season is a few weeks of summer, and it’s a frenzy to supply the commercial huckleberry market of around 3 million pounds annually. The overall value of that market is $50 million, which is a blessing as well as a curse for the many small, independent jam producers in the region who are seeing sales soar, but the supply get a little more tenuous. It’s a historically highly competitive market for pickers, who are also competing with bears, which needless to say makes things extremely interesting.

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