Where can I get wild Maine blueberries in seacoast New Hampshire or York county ME?
I'm in the Portsmouth area, where would I go to get wild Maine blueberries? I am not so interested in picking them as I have limited time, however if that's my only option, then I'll consider it. I'm working on a pie and I just feel it will be better with the wild blueberry variety that are smaller.
The best place to get wild blueberries is in Alton Bay, NH. It's a place called Taylor Brown. When your driving up Rt 11 from Rochester, on your left you will see a mountain with cell tower(s) on the top. That entire hilltop is wild blueberries. The owner of said hill top is Taylor Brown blueberries. Using google maps find Prospect Mt. Road. Taylor Brown is on the dirt road section of Prospect Mt. Road. The blueberries are wild NH blueberries, they clean them and put them up in 10lb boxes. 10Lb box sells for $36 (or very close to that). I'm not sure if they have fresh blueberries yet, but the frozen ones are available. You can get blueberries there all year round. The owner is a true NH classic, worth going there just to meet her.
There are blueberry farms on Rt33 heading towards Exeter, but I don't think any of those have the low bush wild berries that Taylor Brown has. You could try going to Barkers Farm on Rt33 in Stratham, it's a little wood shack on the east side of the road just before the Stratham traffic circle. Barkers is always at the Saturday AM farmers market in Portsmouth.
If you wanted to pick real wild Maine blueberries get yourself a blueberry rake and go to the blueberry plains in west Kennebunk, Maine. Go west on Cat Mousam (a.k.a. Rt99) toward Sanford, about 2 miles after you cross I95 the trees disappear and there is very large open area covered in low bush blueberry plants. With a blueberry rake you can accumulate 5 Lbs of berries in a 15-30 minutes. Then it takes about 2-3 hours to clean out all the flotsam, which is why I go to Taylor Brown:)
That hardware store on Market Street in Portsmouth used to sell blueberry rakes. You won't find them at an all things made in China store (Walmart, Home Depot).
Alternative -go to Geno's Chowder in Portsmouth and buy a blueberry pie.