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Maine Wild Blueberries

A Field of Blue

Maine Wild Blueberries

Maine Wild Blueberries were one of the first plants to grow in the rugged terrain left behind by receding glaciers and are known around the world for their wonderful flavor and health benefits. The first time these precious little berries were commercially harvested was during the Civil War, when the berries were canned and sent to Union soldiers. Since then, Maine Wild Blueberries have consistently grown in popularity.
Wild blueberries are not planted, but managed, and encouraged to grow in a healthy and supportable way. The barrens of Maine provide an ideal combination of soil and climate, which has enabled these vitamin-packed berries to flourish for thousands of years. Because of the typically rocky and uneven ground where they grow, and the inability to till and replant, it can be a great challenge and expense to manage this unique crop.
For many growing up in the region, raking blueberries was their first summer job. It was a great way to earn money in August to pay for school clothes. The history of blueberry production on our farm is a long one. These pictures show how the crew processed the berries in the 1940’s. The fruit was winnowed to remove leaves and stems and then sorted as they moved on a conveyor belt. Finally, they were packed in wooden quart boxes to be shipped out and sold on the fresh market. All of this work was done right in the field.

Winnowing blueberries in the field
Sorting blueberries in the field
Packing bluberries in boxes for market