Saturday, May 21, 2011

Blueberry muffins...

A Blueberry Barrens with ripe berries (the blue)
...have to start somewhere, nine times out of ten (for wild berries) it's Maine wild blueberries, along with some good North Dakota wheat.  Blueberries are one of Maines' "Big Three"; Lobster, Potatoes and Wild blueberries), it's big money in other words.
The Barrens are leftovers of the last ice age glaciers, right along with our rocky soil and granite coastline, the 'till' created by the glaciers caused bogs in some places and barrens in others.  The crop is generally in Hancock and Washington Counties.  There are some mechanical harvesters but most are picked by "raking", stooped at the waist and pulling the rake toward you, it's kind of like a dustpan with the handle on backwards.
Person using a blueberry rake.
Unloading the bees, lots of blossoms to pollinate
Close up of the bushes with ripe berries.

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