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Where can I pick wild blueberries (not on a farm, really wild!) near New Hampshire/Vermont border?

moofy Aug 4, 2009 03:58 PM

Hi! I am driving to Putney, VT with my family this weekend (Aug 8-9) to enjoy two days in the country (now in Boston). We all want to cook up a storm with blueberries now in season and would love to pick them while also hiking a trail or climbing a mountain, like I used to do as a kid when I went to camp in Plymouth, VT. (I know there are plenty of blueberry farms, but I would prefer to pick and walk in the wild.)

If you have any ideas for trails/parks etc where blueberry/raspberry/blackberry/thimbleberry picking is possible, please let me know. Many thanks!

BTW, if anyone is interested in this topic, I have found a cool festival: the Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival which goes until Aug 10, which I hope to check out in Wilmington, VT. More info here: www.boydfamilyfarm.com/blueberry.html

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  1. Infomaniac RE: moofy Aug 4, 2009 05:00 PM

    If your near Goshen and Ripton, head for the Hogback Mountain trails. The south end of Hogback Mountain is loaded with wild blueberry bushes

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      moofy RE: Infomaniac Aug 4, 2009 06:43 PM

      Fantastic, thanks for the tip. I did some googling and found this Hogback hike: http://yhst-79237104446391.stores.yah... which starts and ends at a B&B. Unfortunately it's a bit far from our destination in Putney, VT. This place would be an additional 2 hour drive. I don't think we'll go there on this trip but I'll keep it in mind for the future. Thanks!

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        Infomaniac RE: moofy Aug 4, 2009 06:56 PM

        That's the place and sorry it's not close to where you will be. If you like to mountain bike, the trails are excellent for it.

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      hicow RE: moofy Aug 4, 2009 05:00 PM

      If you want to pick wild blueberries you will need lots of time and patience because they are at ground level and very small. They are usually harvested with a blueberry rake which is like a dust pan with long skinny teeth.

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        moofy RE: hicow Aug 4, 2009 06:48 PM

        Yeah, I remember picking them for hours as a kid. It's definitely not about gathering quantity, more about getting stained blue hands, eating a few juicy ones on the spot, and taking home a couple handfuls worth for a batch of pancakes. One of our neighbors here in Cambridge has a few blueberry bushes of a different genus/type than the wild ones I've seen--it's much taller and more upright and the berries are pretty high off the ground--much easier for picking!

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        Uncledave RE: moofy Aug 5, 2009 08:33 AM

        Great post. If anyone knows of such trails in CT I'd love to hear about it, too.

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          littlej RE: moofy Aug 5, 2009 08:38 PM

          Try Black Mountain in Brattleboro. I know there is a spot near the top that has them, but I have not checked on them this year. You can also try Mt Wantastequit in Hinsdale,NH.

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