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Massachusetts hails start of blueberry season

BOSTON (AP) -- Blueberry season has arrived in Massachusetts.

It's estimated that local farms sell about $4 million in fresh blueberries each year. Agriculture officials established the Commonwealth Quality Program to help consumers find products that are grown, harvested and processed in Massachusetts.

Gene Kosinski, a Westfield farmer, says the blueberry crop appears to be on a normal schedule thanks to enough cool and rainy weather during the month of June.

Peg Ventresco of Ward's Berry Farm in Sharon predicted a "bountiful" blueberry crop and said the fruit appeared to be sizing up nicely.

Agriculture Commissioner Greg Watson says purchasing blueberries and other locally-grown products not only helps Massachusetts farms but also boosts the state's agricultural heritage.