Status of Varieties
Blue Crop – Picked out
Berkeley – Picked out
Jersey – Hard Picking
Blue Gold – Picked out
Little Giant – Picked out
Elliott – Good Picking
The Blue Crop were pink when this picture was taken and have now ripened to blue
Blueberries and Old Books?
We added a feature to our Crabtree's Collection
Old Books website in 2001 and every summer offer Pick-Your-Own
Blueberries at our Maine Farmhouse. Stories about of our blueberry operation
are linked to this page below. Check out the pictures of our place.
The first varieties of our highbush blueberries ripen around mid-July,
and we then open our Pick-Your-Own Blueberry (PYO) operation to the
public for the picking season. If you have been following the Maine
Farmhouse Journals you know how pleased and proud we are of our old place
here (see Bears in the Blueberry Bushes),
and the PYO Blueberry operation gives us a chance to share a part of our
experience with all of you.
Click on these links to get directions
to the farm, our hours of operation and prices,
information about the history of blueberries,
and tips on picking and storing blueberries as well as links to several blueberry recipe websites. Getting Ready for Blueberry Season tells about
some of the work that goes into having big, juicy blueberries for picking. We
also have pictures showing what the blueberry patch looks like during the Quiet Seasons of autumn and winter.
When we purchased the Farmhouse in August 1998, one of the bonus features
was the extensive mature plantings of highbush blueberries in the side
field. The former owner, Dot, had planted and nurtured hundreds of highbush
blueberry bushes. They are now 37 years old, and bear sweet, juicy
blueberries the size of your thumb. The chest-high bushes almost bend over
under the weight of clusters of berries.
Since 1998 we have more than doubled the size of the berry patch with new plantings
and now have 1,500 bushes. We have also installed a drip
irrigation system and pamper the bushes with annual pruning, fertilizer twice
a year, and regular weeding and mowing. Our policy has been not to use any pesticides on our
bushes and encourage people to each the berries right from the bushes to add
to their experience. However, with the advent of climate change a new invasive fruitfly has migrated into the patch from the south that we've never had in Maine, forcing us to spray toward the end of the picking season with an organic pesticide. We'll post a notice when we have to do this, and then will recommend washing the fruit before eating. Sorry!
We opened the berry patch as a Pick-your-own operation in 2001 and
it has become a wonderful experience for hundreds of families every summer.
The picking is easy, and the berries are wonderful. There are several
different varieties that ripen at different times during the summer, so there
are blueberries to pick from mid-July until the end of September most years. We look
forward to seeing you during the summer picking season - watch this page to
see when the different varieties of highbush blueberries are ripe and
ready to pick!
Please call us if you have any questions or suggestions, and we hope to
see you at Crabtree's PYO Highbush Blueberries.
We are listed with the State of Maine "Get
Real Maine" for PYO Blueberries in Cumberland County.
We are also listed on under Regional
Attractions - "Maine
Lakes and Mountains
Allen and Penny
Maine Blueberry banner and Sebago Map created by Allen
F. Crabtree IV
This page was last updated September 6, 2017.
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