Blueberries

It’s blueberry season here in New England – hooray! We have very productive, established high bush blueberry plants here on the farm, but we all love them so much it seems we can’t ever get too many.

So, the other day I woke up to a beautiful, sunny day and decided to go blueberry picking at a fellow blogger’s farm. Rivard Farm is in Springvale, Maine, about 45 minutes away.

After a nice ride in the country, I pulled into Rivard Farm, drove up the hill, and parked along side at least another dozen cars. There was plenty of parking, and everyone was in a good mood greeting and chatting with other pickers. I didn’t count the rows, but there was a huge field full of well maintained blueberry bushes. There was plenty of room to space yourself from other people picking blueberries. They have blueberry bushes – lots of them.

The bushes were loaded with blueberries with some branches reaching to the ground they were so heavy.

Picking blueberries this big is like picking grapes. They are almost the size of a quarter. It sure didn’t take me long to fill my containers when they were this big.

They also have tomatoes in their hoop house. They are planted in black plastic bags being fed with an irrigation system. Interesting process that appears to be working well for them judging by the almost ripe tomatoes. So, it shouldn’t be long before they’ll have tomatoes for sale too.

Rivard Farm is a family owned farm since 1926. While according to their website, the senior Rivards may be considering retirement, the family including the eight children are looking to the future and how the Rivard Farm can continue to be a vibrant and growing part of the community. Check out their website, blog or Facebook page and keep up with their berries, hoops, bees, farmers markets, and growth plans for the future.

The summer growing season in New England is short – sad but true. If you live in the Maine/NH area and want to buy and eat local, check our Rivard Farm and their delicious blueberries. Happy picking and eating!

 

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About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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9 Responses to Blueberries

  1. rivardfarm says:

    Thank you so much for this lovely write-up. I’m glad you enjoyed your experience at the farm. Farming and marketing has kept me very busy the past few months with very little time to write about what’s going on. I will share you experience with other Rivard Farm blueberry fans! Thanks!

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  2. Debra Pugh says:

    I have NEVER seen blueberries that big / awesome! 🙂

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  3. Picking blueberries with my paternal grandmother is the only memory I have of doing an activity of any sort with her. She lived in Wisconsin and come blueberry time, all the grandkids were given the old-time gallon ice cream buckets with wire handles to tote about and fill with the luscious berry goodness. Bucket upon bucket was handed off to Grandma so she could make…well…I don’t remember what she made with them. I just remember picking them. Funny.
    I do love blueberries, though, and every time I have fresh blueberries, I think of Grandma. Of course, hers were *never* as large as those you found. Incredible.

    Thank you for linking to the GRAND Social! Enjoy your berries!

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  4. Now they look impressive. Here in our garden we get a few very small fruits only.

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  5. Grandma Kc says:

    Blueberries are certainly something that California does NOT do well! Our blueberries here are little bitty things and they aren’t even very tasty. YOURS are beautiful! We used to get nice ones when I lived in Michigan but not that big! Those are amazing and I wish I had a big bowl!

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  6. Those are big berries! We are having a record year here as well. Time to stock up while we can and fill the freezer.

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  7. Anne-Marie says:

    Those blueberries are gigantic! Our blueberries here (at least in my yard) are not that big. The bushes are about 3 years old, so still young.

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  8. Ellie says:

    I am fascinated to see how large the blueberry bushes are – I assumed they would be small plants like strawberries!

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    • Judy says:

      Here in New England there are low bush and high bush. Those were high. We have two mature ones, and I can’t reach the top of them. But, I always figure out a way to get those berries on top – too delicious to leave.

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