Wild blueberry harvest: celebrating 40 years of Maine’s special fruit

Posted Aug. 28, 2014, at 2:29 p.m.
The hands of a blueberry picker taken Aug. 18, 1988.
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The hands of a blueberry picker taken Aug. 18, 1988. Buy Photo
A blueberry Picker on Aug. 27, 1990.
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A blueberry Picker on Aug. 27, 1990. Buy Photo
Self-propelled blueberry harvester.
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Self-propelled blueberry harvester. Buy Photo
A blueberry plant.
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A blueberry plant. Buy Photo
Workers grade blueberries for packaging taken Aug. 2, 1985.
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Workers grade blueberries for packaging taken Aug. 2, 1985. Buy Photo
A homemade yoke helps a blueberry raker carry the fruits of his labor.
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A homemade yoke helps a blueberry raker carry the fruits of his labor. Buy Photo
German blueberry rakes. Circa 1945.
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German blueberry rakes. Circa 1945. Buy Photo
New blueberry freezer tunnel at Jasper Wyman & Son Company taken Aug. 18, 1989.
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New blueberry freezer tunnel at Jasper Wyman & Son Company taken Aug. 18, 1989. Buy Photo
Pruning blueberry fields taken May 12, 1994.
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Pruning blueberry fields taken May 12, 1994. Buy Photo
A blueberry worker stacks boxes of blueberries at the Norel Farm in Waldo County.  Circa 1989.
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A blueberry worker stacks boxes of blueberries at the Norel Farm in Waldo County. Circa 1989. Buy Photo

Maine is known for its blueberries.

The Machias Wild Blueberry Festival has drawn people Down East to sample pies, jams and arts and crafts for almost 40 years. But behind the festivals and baked good are the blueberry barrens and the people who work them.

For decades, workers have used their hands and rakes to harvest Maine’s sweet crop. And through the years, the Bangor Daily News has captured the harvest in photographs.

Here is a selection of those images through the years.

 

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