In the May issue of the Voice, I shared the reasons why there was a boycott of Driscoll berries, and in particular of the berries relabeled as Driscoll’s but actually grown by Sakuma Berry Farms.
The Driscoll Boycott has now ENDED!
If you helped by boycotting Driscoll berries, now you can enjoy them again.
On September 12, 2016, following negotiations during the course of the summer, the farmworkers at Sakuma Brothers Berry Farms voted successfully to form a union, Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ). According to the website https://boycottsakumaberries.com, “FUJ is the second independent farmworker union to form in WA in 30 years and the first union led by indigenous workers.”
Here at Nine Mile Farm, we re-use Driscoll boxes for picking and sorting our heirloom tomatoes. They are great boxes well suited to single layers of tender fruits, and we are thrilled to take advantage of their fine quality once again. And, wow! Once berry season here in New York comes to a close we are looking forward to an occasional out-of-area purchase of their best organic berries.