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Flathead Valley seeing great huckleberry season

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It's been a bountiful season so far in Northwest Montana. (MTN News photo) It's been a bountiful season so far in Northwest Montana. (MTN News photo)
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It's no secret that some of the healthiest huckleberries come from the Flathead Valley hills -- and this season is no different.  Amy Pholphiboun spoke with some huckleberry hounds who say it's been a bountiful season.

We’re right in the middle of huckleberry season. Thanks to low gas prices and the National Park Service's centennial celebration, tourism has been fantastic for the Flathead Valley.

MTN News caught up with Huckleberry Haven owner Edward Springman too see how things are going. He says this has been a record year for his business and that the huckleberries have arrived early for this season, as well.

“It’s probably the second earliest. I’ve seen berries coming in early the last couple weeks or so; the nice mild spring with early, warm temperatures we had a month or so ago really helped out.”

He says the demands are great and the retailers are asking for more.

“[People]...are wanting to order more frequently, sooner and increasing the size of their orders. Retailers are saying that folks are traveling and that they are spending money in the specialty food and specialty gift market," Springman said.

Huckleberries grow in the mountains at elevations between 3,500 and 7,200 feet.

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