The raspberry and blackberry industries in Michigan are relatively small, but these Michigan berries are prized by Michiganders nonetheless.
Fresh Michigan raspberries are in season in the months of July and September or year round as frozen or processed products. Fresh Michigan blackberries are available from August through September, but because most blackberries are sold for processing or value-added products, consumers have access year round.
Michigan Raspberry and Blackberry facts:
- Many raspberries are used in Michigan restaurants and processed into local preserves
- Fall fruiting blackberries have recently been developed and may help to extend the Michigan fresh blackberry season
- Michigan berries are low in carbohydrates, calories and fat
- They are rich in vitamin C, fiber and phytochemicals, which may help reduce the risk of certain cancers
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