We, Everett and Lee Worcester, live on our low bush blueberry farm located some 30 miles north of Bangor in Orneville Plantation. Orneville is an unorganized township consisting mostly of forest land with a smattering of homes here and there on the few year round roads that exist. Our farm is located on Route 11 (Lyford Road) between Milo and Bradford. The farm has 147 acres of which about 20 acres are in blueberries. The rest is forested. We also own additional blueberry and forest land in Orneville at a second location and lease additional blueberry fields in Barnard and Sebec. All told we are farming 70 acres or so of blueberries.
Low bush blueberry fields develop naturally as you clear land and control competing vegetation. One can not buy seeds and “plant” low bush blueberries. As much as possible you try not to disturb the top soil. The roots of low bush blueberries grow horizontally just under the surface of the soil and spread in that manner. We typically pick about 35 acres per year. In the fall, after the harvest, we will mow the bushes in the picked fields as close to the ground as possible. The next spring (April) these mowed fields will be burned. This helps to control diseases and gets rid of the pruned stems so that new shoots can grow. These fields will be harvested the second year so that in any given year we have 35 acres ready to pick and an additional 35 acres growing new bushes that will be harvested the following year.
For over 30 years, Worcester’s Wild Blueberries have been sold at area farmers’ markets, numerous local stores, selected craft fairs, and our own roadside stand. We also have an extensive wholesale market to other roadside vendors throughout the region. During late July and August, the fresh berries are available in pints, quarts, and freezer ready five-quart containers.
In 2003, with encouraging support from our many customers, we ventured into making value added blueberry products. Whether it is blueberry jam, jelly, syrup, juice drink, chutney, pie fill, vinaigrette, or our sugar free products, all products are made in small batches for maximum flavor and consistency. That’s the Maine difference. Our goal is not to be the biggest but to utilize as many of the berries we raise as possible either in the fresh market or through our kitchen products. High quality is a constant focus.
Please use the drop down menu at the left of this page for pictures and more information on each of our many value added products.