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twentyoystahs Sep 7, 2006 08:40 PM

Does anyone know where I can get these? I know most supermarkets will have blueberries, but they are not local and not the cute little tiny ones. When I was in Maine last summer they had tiny little pints for sale at roadside stands; I'm looking for these!
A farmers market perhaps? I went to Allendale Farm last week and they did have the tiny little blues, but they were from Canada, I'm really hoping for something more local. Have I missed the season? TIA.

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    cheryl_h RE: twentyoystahs Sep 7, 2006 08:44 PM

    Russo's still had some wild blueberries for sale last Saturday, though they're not as perfect as a couple of weeks back. I picked up 2 quarts to freeze for later. Cost was $5 per quart.

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      MichaelB RE: cheryl_h Sep 8, 2006 03:10 AM

      I got some of those at Russo's last weekend as well -- good price, but as you pointed out, definitely not as beautiful as they had been a few weeks before, there were some soft ones that were on the verge of molding. The ones at Verrill seemed a little nicer, though also more expensive. They're definitely all from Canada at this point, which is still local enough for me.

      I think some local farmers still have the cultivated berries, which I actually prefer for things like muffins, where the sweet-tart *pop* is really nice. But wild are certainly way better for pies and tarts -- anything where they're cooked in a mass.

    2. gini RE: twentyoystahs Sep 7, 2006 08:50 PM

      2 weeks ago Verill Farm in Concord was overflowing with quarts.

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        cap RE: gini Sep 8, 2006 02:04 AM

        Verill still had them on Tuesday this week.

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        fullbelly RE: twentyoystahs Sep 7, 2006 09:36 PM

        Ward's Berry Farm still had some, but I think they might have been from Canada as well. I'd say the season for Mass-based blueberries is pretty much over, although you might still find some local raspberries...otherwise, the season moved northward into Maine and Cananda, and is definitely winding down. $5 for a box (not sure if it was a quart or pint though) struck me as a LOT. If you're just making a pie with it, there are some good frozen wild blueberries for quite a bit less.

        1. macca RE: twentyoystahs Sep 7, 2006 10:39 PM

          I was at Wilson Farms in Lexington last Saturday, and they had them. Tiny and sweet. Not sure if they will be there this week- but worth a try- everything else there is great, too.
          I bought a quart of the blueberries ($7.98), and made a blueberry pound cake from a recipoe I got on this site a few weeks ago. Delicious. And have been enjoying them in my yogurt for breakfast. Pricey, but good.

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            LindaWhit RE: macca Sep 8, 2006 01:27 PM

            I was at Wilson's 2 days ago - yes, they still had them.

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              macca RE: LindaWhit Sep 8, 2006 01:47 PM

              I think I may have to make a trip this weekend for some more. Time for a blueberry pie!
              ALso got some great string beans, small eggplant and summer squash, peaches and fingerling potatoes.
              Bought some chicken thighs, too
              ( bone in, skin on). They were only $1.29 per pound- and look nice and meaty. Have not tried them yet. They also had some pork tenderloins, cut into rounds- with a strip of bacon around them. They were great- and only $2.50 per tenderloin. Made and easy dinner one night this week, with just a bit of honey mustard flavoring.
              Also- I always get their scones- so good. Love the lemon ginger and carrot.
              I find that some of their items are pricey, and some are downright cheap- but the quality would keep me going, even if all of the prices were high.

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                LindaWhit RE: macca Sep 8, 2006 03:21 PM

                I saw those chicken thighs, but already had the duck breasts in my cart. That's where I usually buy them when I have a craving for duck and haven't had it at a restaurant recently.

                I also picked up some of their corn (already shucked) to make chicken corn chowder last night after coming back from Brimfield. I didn't bother cooking it before cutting it off the cob - had a small handful of the raw kernels - OMG, they were SO good! Who needs cooking when they are naturally sweet and taste so "corny"!

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                  macca RE: LindaWhit Sep 8, 2006 03:46 PM

                  Have never tried their duck breasts- but have bought a whike duck from them. As a matter of fact, I have never cooked a duck breast. Will have to try it.
                  I had some corn from there about a month ago. It was really good. Unfortunately, I have had some exstensive dental work done since that time, and I think I will miss the rest of the local corn season.

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            emilief RE: twentyoystahs Sep 8, 2006 12:59 AM

            Voante's farm in Nedham had the small wild blueberries last weekend.

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              goodeater RE: twentyoystahs Sep 8, 2006 03:16 PM

              Whole Foods had them a few days ago -- 5.98/lb -- same price as regular blueberries.

              1. hotoynoodle RE: twentyoystahs Sep 8, 2006 04:09 PM

                both massachusetts and maine blueberries are finished. anything that comes 'round saying "local" is from canada, and that won't be for much longer.

                1. Chris VR RE: twentyoystahs Sep 8, 2006 09:07 PM

                  I saw quarts at Brooksby Farm in Peabody last week. They also had local corn and it was pretty good.

                  1. BostonZest RE: twentyoystahs Sep 12, 2006 02:50 AM

                    Boston Organics has responded to my request for another 5 lb. box of Organic Wild, Maine Blueberries with tomorrow's order.

                    "Hi Penny,

                    Good news! The berries are IN this week. So, you will indeed receive them tomorrow.

                    Enjoy,
                    Sarah"

                    I'll let all you berry-craving Chow pals know how they are at this point in the season. Every berry from my first order is gone. My husband found the ones I hid in the back of the freezer.

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                      BostonZest RE: BostonZest Sep 13, 2006 02:23 AM

                      Still excellent! We are back to having a strainer of berries sitting by the sink.

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