The Wild Blueberry capital area is right around here, essentially the Fundy Basin area encompassing much of Northeastern Maine, North Western and Central Nova Scotia and most of New Brunswick. Oxford Nova Scotia is said to be the Blueberry Capital of Canada
and the centre of the wild blueberry world. (I just read the signs and the aritcles.. I do not own stock in any blueberry producers
). There are some interesting articles on the History Of Blueberries.... The History of the Lowbush Blueberry Industry in Nova Scotia, 1880 - 1950
Here in New Brunswick, blueberries - the wild kind are a big big deal.. almost as big as Potatoes.. Bleuets NB Blueberries
. My son-in-law to be's family harvest blueberries every year both here in NB and in Maine. Their Mi'Maq families have for probably thousands of years.
Rule of thumb here is to burn the fields every so often to 3ensure that the blueberries get the right soil conditions. If you notice in the boreal forest areas.. at least in the Canadian Shield (geologically speaking), wild blueberries are common, and will be the first berry that will grow after a major forest fire of which we have many. So it makes sense that the wild blueberry farmers here burn their fields periodically. I am not sure what the rotation would be. Ever since I was a kid in Northern Ontario, blueberries were an integral part of summer, strawberries in June, Raspberries in July/August and blueberries late August through to the end of September.
When starting blueberries, the old folks back home in Northern Ontario used to burn the fields, and it is no different here in the Maritimes. After the initial burn to prepare for blueberries, the old folks over the next few seasons would treat the fields with wood ash from the furnace/wood stove. Em and I have done that as well, and in one area we have two types of blueberries growing now.. highbush wild and much shorter lowbush variety. Both yield nice plump juice berries, with good body and firm flesh. Makes a great BlueBerry Pate.. mmmmm good
We don't get enough, so Em and I usually buy about 50lbs to 100lbs per year. About $9.00 Cdn/5lb box. Freeze em just like that and one box makes one pate... perfect
I have never gotten a liking for cultivated varieties of blueberries, always found them to be too large and too soft for my liking. Guess it is all a function of where you is from. Much like Saskatoon's... they are a relative of the blueberry as well and are highly favoured out west in the praries but I don't much like them either.