I'm planning a trip to Coastal Maine during mid-to-late August. As I understand, the 2 to 3 week window from around August 10th or 15th through the end of the month is when wild blueberries are in season - is this correct?
Also, I've heard that wild blueberries only grow in Downeast Maine, especially the areas further up the coast around Machias. Is this true?
If so, is the Downeast/Machias area also the only place where I can find wild blueberries at local farm stands, markets, and restaurants? Or would I still be able to get these Downeast wild blueberries further south at farm stands/markets in the Mid-Maine coast?
The reason I ask is because I'll be driving a long distance up to Maine with some friends and was hoping to visit the Downeast/Machias area for some wild blueberry picking. But because the drive just to get to Maine is quite long for us, my friends do not want to go all the way up to Machias if these wild berries are available further down the coast, even if we can't pick them ourselves.
Unless I can convince my friends otherwise, the farthest north we'll be travelling will be Belfast/Mt. Desert Island. This seems to be on the border of Downeast Maine, and possibly not quite in wild blueberry territory...or am I mistaken? Are there any wild blueberry fields in that part of the state?
If not, can you recommend some farm stands or markets around there that would have the wild berries?
Thanks in advance.