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  • Anonymous

    Del also sells them in freezer-ready boxes to the public.  I pick-up around 400lbs each year for family and co-workers from him.  They were so plump this year, that they burst at the slightest touch.   Everyone was still happy despite this.

  • Anonymous

    I went to McDonalds today for some oatmeal with blueberries. These were out of state highbush blueberrys.they said it was a promotional special and is no longer being served and all they had was some other fruit stuff that I don’t care for. No plain oatmeal there either.

    hello McDonalds start getting local blueberries for your oatmeal and I will start going to your drive up window again. thank you very much!

  • Anonymous

    Great news for Washington County!

  • cleanearth

    Ah, yes.  Another puff piece on “wild” blueberries that are no more wild than the apples you buy in the store.   Unless they’re labeled USDA Organic.  

    All not marked USDA Organic  have been sprayed with pesticides –  fungicides, herbicides, powerful insecticides which poison the entire region, including people, wildlife, and fisheries. 

     Organic blueberries are selling for the same price as the chemical-grown blueberries right now;  organic growers sell out rather quickly because who would knowingly buy poisoned fruit? 

    Pummeled with pesticides, flamed with burning oil, frizzled with fertilizers, out-competed in the fields by alien grasses the growers themselves brought in, these unwild plants are mistreated year after year.  Wonder they produce at all.

    You can easily see the fields where the alien grass has taken over completely.  Many smaller growers have given up those fields to the alien grass because they either can’t afford OR – one hopes – their consciences won’t let them pour huge amounts of poisons on the ground to kill the “grass which cannot be killed” – – poisoning our groundwater, which is our drinking water. 

    Here’s how it works:  the large blueberry companies (Cherryfield Foods is a Canadian company) poison our water and create dead zones where nothing will grow, not even blueberries, then move on to new fields, leaving us with dead land and poisoned waters. 

    Quite disgraceful that the BDN  – year after year – refuses to even say the word “pesticide” in connection with the unwild blueberries. 

    They do know better, but apparently, they, along with the unwild blueberry growers, believe that we, the people who live Downeast, don’t count for much so they can poison our water with impunity. 

    To the big growers,  MONEY IS ALL THAT MATTERS.    They get the money; we get the poisons in our woods, waters, wildlife, fisheries, and in our bodies where these poisons eat away at our health.

  • Anonymous

    I see Debbie’s rake has 2 handles, my 60 prong rake I used 30 yrs ago had only one… Must be a new thing.

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