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katzzz Sep 4, 2011 05:58 AM

I've bought them at Russo's, $9 for a quart. Good, but so wet that I tried to dry them off with paper towels to prevent them rotting before I used them. Quite a pain, toweling off those little suckers. I've also seen them at Whole Foods, about $5 a pint, and at Wilson Farms (don't remember the price). Truth be told, the wild ones I've had lately don't taste any better than the better normal-sized ones. Your thoughts on wild blue taste, price and availability as their season draws rapidly to a close?

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    smtucker RE: katzzz Sep 4, 2011 08:36 AM

    Season for wild blueberries is long past in Northern New England. I went up the second week of August to stock up for the winter. Could be that South of the notches you can still find some.

    1. gansu girl RE: katzzz Sep 4, 2011 08:56 AM

      Just got some organic wild ME blueberries at Whole Foods this a.m. - haven't tried them yet - will report back.

      GG
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      1. MichaelB RE: katzzz Sep 4, 2011 03:59 PM

        I've found essentially the same thing with the ones I've bought recently from Whole Foods and Wilson's Farms - a bit wet and past their prime. I would guess that they were picked at least a week or so before they hit the store, so they've started to get mushy and lose some flavor.

        I find that they're best cooked in a mass to capture their distinctive taste - like in a pie or a cobbler - rather than in muffins or pancakes, where their flavor kind of gets lost.

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          gimlis1mum RE: MichaelB Sep 4, 2011 04:58 PM

          I actually prefer them in muffins, but then I don't like the big wet spots that regular blueberries leave behind when they bake. My favorite is a wild blueberry and peach combo in a muffin, with a pinch of nutmeg.

          I bought a pretty nice 5-lb box or wild blueberries through Boston Organics several weeks ago. I thi they still have them up on the add-on order page, subject to availability. I remember a bit in their newsletter where they said that the berries cannot be harvested if it is too wet, the growers need to wait until the bushes dry out a bit. it sounds like that's been a problem for the berries folks have been finding around town...for the record, my box of wilds was slightly damp but not soggy. I think I paid $27 for it.

        2. MrsCheese RE: katzzz Sep 5, 2011 07:05 AM

          Verrill had them yesterday for $5 a pint. I can't speak to their taste because I haven't eaten them yet.

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            katzzz RE: katzzz Sep 6, 2011 10:43 AM

            I found my personal best batch of the summer at Russo's today. A quart for $8. They seem slightly larger than the usual wild blues, but are tasty and not at all soggy in the package.

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              y2000k RE: katzzz Sep 6, 2011 12:21 PM

              I just picked up a qt too today at Russo's. Ready to have some this afternoon!

            2. Kirs RE: katzzz Sep 6, 2011 11:22 AM

              Got some this weekend at the Roslindale Farmer's Market for $5 a pint. Bought three and made jam. They were pretty tasty and made a pretty tasty jam.

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                hto44 RE: katzzz Sep 6, 2011 03:32 PM

                Oh man! We have wild blueberries growing on our summer property in Athol. Sorry - not the most responsive post but there is nothing like picking them right off the bush and popping them into the mouth :o)

                1. BostonZest RE: katzzz Sep 6, 2011 06:18 PM

                  My 5 pound box of organic wild blueberries from Maine arrived as an add on with my Boston Organics order today. They are so good. we washed a couple of cups of them an the two of us nibbled them away over the afternoon.

                  http://www.bostonorganics.com/

                  If you are a customer of Boston Organics go and add these to your next order. You can freeze them, use them for gifts to friends or just eat blueberries for one meal each day until they are gone.

                  Penny
                  http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                    katzzz RE: BostonZest Sep 7, 2011 06:18 AM

                    I checked out the Boston Organics web site. Looks pretty great. Do you think this service offers good value as compared to running over to Russo's every week? And how's the stuff they send over in mid-winter? From your reaction to the blueberries, I'm guessing Bost. Organics makes you happy!

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                      BostonZest RE: katzzz Sep 7, 2011 12:09 PM

                      They do make me happy and anytime something goes a bit wrong you can let them know and they will make it up to you in the next order.

                      I don't have a car so it is certainly a better value for me than renting a car and going to Russo's. I do love Russo's and will grab a ride with friends or occasionally stop when I have a car for some reason.

                      I compare it to buying at Whole Foods. It's about the same price with free delivery and the optional add ons make it great. I've been a customer since they started. I adjust my choice depending on the season.

                      In winter they offer a dogma box for people who still want local, that is getting better all the time as they work with farmers to insure supplies. Or, if you just want organic, they source where they can and supply what they can get. It's usually a good assortment.

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                    fairyinthewoods RE: katzzz Aug 2, 2012 11:42 AM

                    Bumping this thread for 2012. Just came back from Maine - the wild blueberries are in, and it's apparently a great year for them. Anyone know where I could find some locally?

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                      Kirs RE: fairyinthewoods Aug 2, 2012 11:56 AM

                      I'd expect to see them hitting the farmer's markets soon then! Yeah!

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                        pemma RE: Kirs Aug 3, 2012 05:36 AM

                        I used to pick them up in the Medford woods (Middlesex Fells). They are quite small and taste so much better than the usual big ones in the supermarkets. You can freeze them for future use in baked items. If you're up for it and can find someone that can show you where they are it would be a nice outing.

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                        drb RE: fairyinthewoods Aug 3, 2012 08:58 AM

                        Allandale Farms usually has them, but they ain't cheap.

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                          hyde RE: drb Aug 4, 2012 10:02 AM

                          yeah, russos had them on thursday but at 7usd/pint i passed.

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                            katzzz RE: hyde Aug 4, 2012 11:14 AM

                            Yeah, I passed on the $7 wild blueberry pint at Russo's this morning -- easy to pass up when they had pints of conventional blueberries there for $2.50.

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