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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Alewive’s Brook Farm
Fenimore’s Strawberry Farm
Chipman Farm, Inc.
Dot Rupert’s Strawberry Farm
Beaudoin’s Berry Farm
Forever Green Farms
Flying Fox Nursery and Farm
Blue Barrens Farm
McElwain’s Strawberry Farm
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Maine 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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