Monday, August 08, 2011

Maine Blueberries

It's that time of year again here in Maine - blueberry season! Last year, Jeremy and I found a nearby field and picked some by hand. This year we thought we'd try our hand at raking instead.

I found a farm about 50 minutes away that provides rakes. Raking is so much better than picking by hand.

In less than 30 minutes we almost completely filled our flat.

Next, we watched our berries and debris go through the cleaning machine. Last year we had to pick through our berries ourselves. This was so much easier.

First it blew out the grass and leaves, then the small berries were removed, lastly the smashed berries were carried off. This left us to weed out any stems that got through.

We ended up with 6 lbs of blueberries. We had blueberry pancakes for dinner the night we picked them - I'm also planning on making at least one pie and some muffins. Not sure yet what I'm going to do with the rest.

I'm glad we got to cross off another activity from our "Maine bucket list." While raking was much easier than picking, I don't think I'd want to do it all day, every day as rakers do during blueberry season.


Hannah Q. Parris said...

That looks like so much fun...I've never even heard of raking them since we've only ever had a couple of bushes to pick off of growing up. Now I want to try it!

Cherish said...

How fun! I've never gone to a u-pick farm but maybe next year we'll try it.