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Jun 24, 2008 01:20 PM

Maine Early July: Any Blueberries Yet?

We are off to our annual holiday on Cape Rosier (Brooksville, Blue Hill, Ellesworth are nearby towns, if you are trying to get your bearings) next week for the first two weeks of July.

Should I both bringing my pie pan and tapioca so I can make my traditional blueberry pie while 'in camp'? It seems to have been a very wet spring without a lot of sun, which usually means early July is just too early for picking.

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  1. Last year, I was unable to go blueberry picking because I was in labor for a couple days. That was the first of August. Now, our picking spot is on top of a mountain in full sun, so I bet that peak ripeness would be around the same time frame for the coast. The bushes in our woods have green berries now, so, then again, it certainly wouldn't hurt to bring your pan and tapioca, although don't get hopes up. It is more temperate on the coast, though...

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    1. re: annaschauffler

      I am in VT and it is strawberry season which just barely started. Blueberries typically are not ready till Aug, maybe end of July.Since where you are going is farther north, most likely they will not be ready.

    2. On MDI the blueberries are still green and hard. I don't think they will be ready until the end of July.

      1. blueberry season in Maine is late July, early August, we are part time residents and picked for my Gramma's pie and muffins then.....Too early now for anything but maybe some high bush types, not small, maine ones....

        1. Their not ready until August! You can go to Allen's Blueberry factory in Penobscot Me
          on route 15 for frozen But I would go to Merrill & Hinckley in Blue Hill for Pies, their
          made every morning... get there early ...better yet order one a day ahead. you will
          be thanking me when you get back! Merrill& Hinckey's number is 207-374-2821

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          1. re: brucekc

            Too early for blueberries, but it'll be the tail end of strawberry season.

          2. Thank you all for info!