By Virginia Wright
In the early years of my children’s lives– we lived in Maine; my husband was a reservist in the USN, drilling once a month out of Bangor. Eventually he went in the USN full time, made it a career with 24 years active…and that took us away from Maine until he retired, and then we returned home last summer. But before all that, and while he was going to the University of Maine at Machias, during blueberry season each year, we would rake blueberries. It was a way to make extra money, and a way to fill our freezer with blueberries.
We would pack the white Thunderbird full– with our blueberry rakes, wooden crates, a cooler filed with plenty of drinks and a lunch. We’d grab up the kids…and off to the wild blueberry fields we would go– to rake blueberries for the day. The kids sat down in the patches of blue and had tons of fun picking and eating, and they always ate more blueberries than they picked! Though, we would go away from the blueberry fields with plenty of blueberries to sell, and ample berries for the freezer, enough blueberries for blueberry muffins, blueberry cake, blueberry cobbler, blueberry pie and the like.
I hope you enjoy this blueberry muffin recipe; it is our families favorite! When you shop your supermarket for blueberries, look for Organic Wild Maine Blueberries, or “Organic” blueberries, wherever you shop.
Blueberry Picking Times in Maine (ME)
If you happen to be visiting Maine…Pick your own blueberries that grow wild in Acadia National Park…Starting in July through August, you will find wild Maine blueberries ripening.
In the Blueberry fields– picking is generally from late July to mid-September. But if you are interested in picking your own, it is always best to call the blueberry farm to see when their picking times are.
Pick your own BLUEBERRIES AT A FARM IN MAINE, go to...www.pickyourown.org. for these counties Androscoggin County, Kennebec County, Lincoln County, Sagadahoc County, and Waldo County, Maine.
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