Title

August downeast is the month for wild blueberry picking, one of the most demandi

Source

Biz

Date

9-1-1996

Pages

25

Abstract

August downeast is the month for wild blueberry picking, one of the most demanding summer jobs. Because this year's picking season will last only three weeks, most pickers will work six days a week if their backs can stand it, making $60-$80 a day. This year's cool, wet summer has left behind thin berries, which are less profitable. 50,000 acres of wild blueberry barrens run from Ellsworth to Machias. The wild blueberry is one of only three berries native to North America, and has been valuable commercially in Maine since the Civil War.

Subjects

Blueberry industry

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