New blueberry freezer tunnel at Jasper Wyman & Son Company taken Aug. 18, 1989. Buy Photo
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Pruning blueberry fields taken May 12, 1994. Buy Photo
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A blueberry worker stacks boxes of blueberries at the Norel Farm in Waldo County. Circa 1989. Buy Photo
By Jeanne Luetjen, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 28, 2014, at 2:29 p.m. Last modified Aug. 28, 2014, at 3:27 p.m.
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.