June 16, 2010

Natural Foodie: Season’s fleeting, but organic berries abound in Maine

By Avery Yale Kamila akamila@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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WHERE TO FIND BERRIES

Here's a map to guide your berry search.

 

WANT MORE ORGANIC EATS?
Check out the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association website, www.mofga.org, where there is a directory of certified organic Maine farms that allows you to search by the products they offer. Find it under the Resources tab.

STONECIPHER FARM
Strawberries available now on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon in Deering Oaks park at the Portland Farmers Market.

SUMMIT SPRINGS FARMS
summitspringsfarm.net
The farm is seeking organic certification and doesn’t use chemical pesticides. It offers berries on Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Portland Farmers Market in Monument Square; on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon at the Portland Farmers Market in Deering Oaks park; and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at the Bridgton Farmers Market.

SWEET SEASON FARM

77 Liberty Road, Washington. 845-3028; sweetseasonfarm.com
Sold at the farm store and offered through a limited pick-your-own operation.

YODER HEIRLOOMS
sweetseasonfarm.com
Offers berries from Sweet Season Farm on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Monument Square at Portland Farmers Market.

ORGANIC BLUEBERRIES

BEECH HILL PRESERVE
Beech Hill Road, Rockport. 236-7091; www.coastalmountains.org
Limited quarts of berries are for sale at the farm stand, and you can pre-order 10-pound bags on the website.

BERRY BROOK
299-4577
Offers quarts and pints of wild blueberries starting around the last week of July on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Orono Farmers Market.

BLUE SKY FARM
Ames Cove Road, Brooksville. 326-9099
Offers pick-your-own wild blueberries and lessons on how to use a traditional Downeast-designed hand rake. Or buy fresh quarts from the farm stand. The farm is open seven days a week from Aug. 1 through Labor Day weekend.

BLUE-ZEE FARM
652 Front Ridge Road, Penobscot. 374-9976
Find the wild blueberries the last weeks of July and throughout August on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Castine Farmers Market; Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Stonington Farmers Market; Saturdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Blue Hill Farmers Market; and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon in Deering Oaks park at the Portland Farmers Market. Call during the season to inquire about buying at the farm.

BURKE HILL FARM
520 Blackswood Road, Cherryfield. 460-6215
Offers pints, 5-pound boxes and 10-pound boxes of wild blueberries at the farm stand. Or find them on Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Lewiston Farmers Market; Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Rockland Farmers Market; Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Acadia Farmers Market; and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ellsworth Farmers Market. Look for berries from the end of July or early August through mid-September.

BURNT MEADOW FARM

25 Spring St., Brownfield. 890-7403; burntmeadow@hotmail.com
Sells a minimum of 20 pints when ordered in advance.

GORANSON FARM
250 River Road, Dresden. 737-8834; www.goransonfarm.me
Sold at the farm stand, which is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. Or find them on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Boothbay Farmers Market; Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Damariscotta Farmers Market; and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Bath Farmers Market.

GRAMP’S FARM

320 Front Ridge Road, Orland. 469-3003; grampsfarm@aol.com
Call in advance to order 5-pound bags. Occasionally makes deliveries to Portland. Also offers farm-made fruit leather. Expects berries by July 4.

HATCH KNOLL FARM
29 Hatch Knoll Road, Jonesboro. 434-2674; www.hatchfarm.com
Buy them at the farm stand when the berries ripen around the beginning of August, or pick your own. Both are open daily during daylight hours.

INTERVALE FARM
199 North Main St., Cherryfield. 546-2589; www.intervale blueberryfarm.com
Sells wild blueberries at its farm stand and on Tuesdays at the Winter Harbor Farmers Market and Saturdays at the Millbridge Farmers Market.

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