blueberries http://www.kplu.org en Berry Pickers on Strike Again in Burlington http://www.kplu.org/post/berry-pickers-strike-again-burlington <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the second time this month, about 200 berry pickers at a Skagit Valley farm </span><a href="http://karani.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/huelga-Mixteco-and-Triqui-farmworkers-commence-second-work-stoppage-at-Sakuma-brothers-farms-inc/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">have walked off the job</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The workers are striking over pay for the boxes of blueberries and strawberries they harvest at <a href="http://sakumabros.com/" target="_blank">Sakuma Brothers Farms</a> in Burlington. Many of those berries are sold to Haagen-Dazs for ice cream. The workers in question have been earning $3.50 per a flat of blueberries, which is about 12 pints. They say they can’t pick them fast enough to earn a fair wage.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:22:10 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9404 at http://www.kplu.org Berry Pickers on Strike Again in Burlington Nation’s Monster Blueberry Crop Smashes Prices for Farmers http://www.kplu.org/post/nation-s-monster-blueberry-crop-smashes-prices-farmers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North America’s blueberry crop is so substantial this year that prices are dropping, according to farmers. </span>Thae<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> boom follows about a decade of rapid expansion of new plantings.</span></p><p>The Northwest is one of the top producers of blueberries in the nation, and July is the peak of harvest.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:44:09 +0000 Anna King 9361 at http://www.kplu.org Nation’s Monster Blueberry Crop Smashes Prices for Farmers