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 Maine PYO Strawberry Farms

Maine Fruit & Produce, Strawberry Growers, Berry Picking

Picking Strawberries! What a fun, Maine thing to do. Timing of course is everything.  Maine Living presents the Maine Strawberry Field and PYO Strawberry Guide. Below is a listing of Maine strawberry farms and fields where you can pick your own berries and some Maine farmstands that sell strawberries. This information is subject to changes and peak harvesting time will vary with the New England weather. Please call in advance for directions and to confirm fruit availability. ME Living thanks you for supporting Maine Farmers.

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Maine Strawberry Picking

Maine Strawberries

Alewive’s Brook Farm
Cape Elizabeth, ME
83 Old Ocean House Road, 3/4 miles south from town center.
Ph: 207-799-7743

Maxwell’s Farm
Ph: 207-799-3383

Patten’s Farm
Ph: 207-839-4667
Rte 22, about 20 minutes out of Portland.

Fairwinds Farm
Ph: 207-729-1872
332 Augusta Road, 2.5 miles north of Topsham Post Office on Rte 201 and Pork Point Road in Bowdoinham

Fenimore’s Strawberry Farm
Ph: 207-353-2360

Popp Farm
Ph: 207-737-4351

Chipman Farm, Inc.
Ph: 207-998-3450
Poland Springs, ME Intersection 122 & 26, follow signs.

Dot Rupert’s Strawberry Farm
Ph: 207-966-2721
West Turner, ME : Fern Street (Road name changes to Wilson Hill Road after awhile.)

Goss Farm
Ph: 207-998-2565
Poland: 158 Megquier Hill Rd.

Beaudoin’s Berry Farm
Ph: 207-426-8131

Goodwin Farms
Ph: 207-724-3662

Forever Green Farms
Ph: 207-465-9649

Flying Fox Nursery and Farm
Ph: 207-948-5535

Blue Barrens Farm
Ph: 207-483-4196

Molly’s Orchard
Ph: 207-483-4178
Columbia Falls: Turn off Rte 1 at Columbia Falls, go into village and take Point Street to our farm stand on right.
In season daily until dark.

Cove Meadow
Phone: 207-367-5145
Stonington: On Deer Ilse/ Stonington town line – Route 15A

Cray’s Produce
Ph: 207-938-2006
Rt. 151 Palmyra, ME (stand is on Rt. 2 in Palmyra)

Ireland Farms
Ph: 207-794-8084
Lincoln, ME : Corner of Route 2 & Sweet Road

Langley’s Strawberries
Ph: 207-848-3936
Union Street Bangor.

Lamb’s Farm
Ph: 207-564-3008
Sebec: Hughes Rd

Dole Orchards
Ph: 207-793-4409
Doles Ridge Road, between Routes 11 and 117, Limington, ME

McElwain’s Strawberry Farm
Ph: 207-496-6311
Caribou, ME : Three miles from downtown Caribou on Rte 161

Hebert Farm
Ph: 207-834-5065
Cross Lake, ME : Route 161

 

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Bangor, Brewer, Greenville, Lincoln, Millinocket, Orono, Baxter State Park

Maine Wild BlueberriesMaine Wild blueberries were first appreciated by the Native Americans, who would dry them for much needed nutrition in the long, hard winter months. Maine Blueberries were also used to heal various maladies such as morning sickness, headaches and coughs. 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, wild Maine blueberries have consistently grown in popularity, in large part due to their incredible nutritional value, their impressively high levels of antioxidants, and their ability to help in the prevention of cancer. Maine produces over 90 percent of the wild blueberry crops harvested each year in the United States. This adds up to approximately 30 million pounds of blueberries a year!

Wild blueberries are smaller than their cultivated counterparts, and have a more intense, tangy-sweet flavor. They can range in color from a dark black-blue to a light blue. The wild crops have the advantage of a broad range of variations which provide their distinctive flavor. Wild blueberries are often referred to as lowbush blueberries, while the cultivated berries are referred to as highbush blueberries. Cultivated blueberries are mostly hybrids, thus allowing more successful growth in other parts of both the United States and the rest of the world.

The wild blueberry bush has a 2 year cycle, which means that every other year a blueberry bush will produce berries. During the year that no berries are produced, the farmers try to help the vegetative growth to increase. This helps the general health of the blueberry bush as a whole plant. During a blueberry-producing year, the plant is prepared for an August harvest, when the blueberries will be ready for picking.

When August comes and it’s time to harvest the wild blueberries, a special kind of rake is used. It was created by a Mainer from the Downeast area by the name of Abijah Tabbutt over 100 years ago. Since then this special rake has undergone some minor variations. This rake is closed-tined and still in prevalent use today. In fact, some wild blueberry-picking farms provide them to visitors. Maine blueberries are a favorite food of the black bear. Bear will return to the same Maine Blueberry Fields each year in time to harvest the crop.

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