The wild blueberry is the official state fruit of Maine, and most certainly the folks of DownEast Acadia are “wild” for the dark blue gems. The region leads the way in making Maine the single-largest overall producer of blueberries in the United States.
Growing and Harvesting
Eat them Up
During harvest season, there are endless opportunities to enjoy this delightful fruit; visit a farmers’ market to pick up a few pints, grab a just picked quart at a roadside stand, or take some time on a cool summer morning to create an unforgettable memory by finding a pick-your-own place. Once you have your berries, savor their sweet and just a little bit tart flavor in pies and pancakes. Preserve them in syrups and jams. Combine them into mustards and salad dressings and micro-brews, or cover them with chocolate and pop them in your mouth handfuls at a time. There are countless ways to incorporate wild Maine blueberries into your cooking, so be adventurous and create some original flavor combinations.
True Maine Fall Foliage
During late September and early October, many visitors flock to Maine for the brilliant golds and red colors of our fall foliage. The colors of the wild blueberry barrens across DownEast Acadia are just as unique and perhaps even more captivating.
After the wild blueberry harvest is completed, the leaves of the bushes will soon turn to a dark crimson color, then explode into remarkable hues of red and purple as the fall progresses. Miles upon miles of blueberry barrens appear to be carpeted by these colors as you drive along the byways and backroads.
One of the best routes to take it all in is the Bold Coast National Scenic Byway and the Epping Baseline Road. Some of the more important communities that support this agricultural gem include Cherryfield and Columbia Falls. In fact, Cherryfield is the home of Wyman’s which along with the other producers in the region grow the world’s entire wild blueberry crop.
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