Created: June 30, 2021 06:53 PM
After many farms have been suffering under this drought since early June some farms are starting to make a comeback. Including the Wrenshall farm, Farm Lola, who has their honeyberry crop resurging.
Never heard of the honeyberry? Well Farm Lola co-owner Jason Amundsen says, “if you can imagine a honeyberry as a blueberry that fell in love with a pack of Sweettarts. Some are sweet, some are tart, and some are sour.”
Now this year the picking season arrived earlier than ever. Lucie Amundsen was surprised of the early ripening. “This season just really snuck up on us. We're many days earlier than last year and it's because of warm weather we've been having and I would say it's due to climate change.”
These fast growing fruits were not seen at all in Minnesota until Farm Lola planted them on their land. Becoming the only commercial scale honeyberry farm in the nation.
And with that exclusiveness, many businesses travel across the state to pick the honeyberries. Breweries are one of their main venders. They use their berries for all kinds of beverages. Joshua Eckton is a brewery owner who loves to use the honeyberry unique taste. He says, “it's not very common, you know there's lots of berries out there, and this combination of tart and sweet is very unique.”
The Honeyberry taste alone is responsible for drawing even more businesses to the farm. Which the Amundsen’s are happy for. They say that their business, "has been very welcome to the northland and [we're] very excited about that.”
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