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Weller's Blueberry Farm Bolstered With Help From Chinese Community

07/30/2015 06:55 EDT | Updated 07/30/2015 07:59 EDT

This season's blueberry crop is the best Gert Weller has seen in more than 40 years. Problem is, the 89-year-old farmer can't pick them all himself.

His grandson advertised the unusually large harvest at Weller's Blueberry Farm in Langley, B.C. on Facebook, according to Global News, and word spread to Metro Vancouver's Chinese community on a popular messaging app called WeChat.

In two days, more than 100 people have showed up to pick the sweet blueberries.

"The crop has more berries. They're not growing as big, they're smaller. Sweet, but not big," said Weller.

gert weller blueberry farm Blueberry farmer Gert Weller, centre, found some new customers after word filtered through WeChat. (Facebook photo)

Weller has had even more customers after a TV story aired on Global News.

"I didn't have so much advertising (and now) maybe in some way too good," Weller told HuffPost B.C. on Thursday.

Weller's wife is in a care home, and he's slowed down after a recent operation. But Weller did not talk about plans to retire.

"Have you ever seen a farmer who is satisfied?" he said.

Then he had to get off the phone because a lineup of customers was waiting.

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