Wish Farms Expands Its Blueberry Reach in Michigan

Wish Farms Expands Its Blueberry Reach in Michigan

Leduc Farm of Paw Paw, MI, has partnered with Wish Farms in Plant City, FL, to expand production into Michigan. (Photo: Wish Farms)

Plant City, FL-based Wish Farms has expanded its relationship with Michigan grower, Leduc Blueberries. The expansion marks a projected increase of about 30% over last year’s volume from the region.

“This [five-year] deal speaks to our team’s continuing effort to work with exceptional grower-packers that adhere to our rigorous food safety standards, quality guidelines, and core values,” stated Teddy Koukoulis, Wish Farms’ Director of Blueberry Operations.

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The Michigan season kicked off in July and will last through mid-September. Volume is projected to reach 2 million pounds, and Koukoulis is optimistic that number could increase to 3 million over the next five years.

“We anticipate great blueberry growing weather for the region this season. The ‘Duke,’ ‘Blue Crop,’ and ‘Elliot’ varieties all look and taste excellent,” Koukoulis said.

The Leduc family has been growing blueberries in Paw Paw, MI, since 1955. When Roger and Jackie Leduc started their 20-acre farm, they had no idea it would blossom into the 400-acre operation it is today, complete with a popular retail store.

“We are excited to market 100% of our crop with Wish Farms. The fact that they are also a family-operated business is just icing on the cake for us,” remarked Joel Leduc, Roger and Jackie’s son and owner-operator. “This is a great opportunity to continue growing together, hopefully for years to come.”