The amount of fresh cranberries sold in the U.S. will likely be lower this season because of poor growing weather in Quebec.

An estimated 275,000 100-pound barrels of U.S.- and Canadian-grown fresh-market cranberries will be available for sale in the U.S. this year, said David Farrimond, general manager of the Wareham, Mass.-based Cranberry Marketing Committee.

About 333,000 barrels of fresh-market cranberries were produced in the U.S. in 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

In mid-August, following the release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service's annual Cranberries report, Farrimond and shippers estimated 2010-11 fresh market volumes to be in the 300,000 range.

But following a meeting of the committee later that month, industry members adjusted their prediction down, Farrimond said.

“The biggest drop was in Quebec,” Farrimond said. “Their fresh crop was hit by hail and frost.”

Farrimond said Sept. 8 it was too soon to tell whether the lower volumes will mean higher fresh prices. U.S. fresh markets have been soft in recent years because of the recession, he said. 

Growers expect about 7.35 million barrels of cranberries — 6% more than last year — to be shipped in the U.S. in 2010-11, but the vast majority of that is slated for the fresh market.