GREENFIELD – It’s National Wild Blueberry Month, and Alexander’s Wild Maine Blueberries is preparing to welcome back customers for blueberry season.
“The wild blueberry is an unbelievable fruit,” said Denise Alexander, owner of Alexander’s Wild Maine Blueberries. “I love wild blueberries, even if I didn’t farm them.”
Maine’s wild blueberries are icons in the state and attract people from all over.
“People have great memories associated with wild blueberries, whether it be that their family was involved with a harvest, they themselves raked, hand raked blueberries,” Alexander said.
Alexander said they will be using precautions against COVID-19 when dealing with customers, but everything else will remain normal.
“We’ve had to put in some measures in place for social distancing and the use of masks,” Alexander said. “Our food plan already included a lot of the steps that are being taken for hand sanitization.”
She said they take pride in greeting people with their blueberry orders on the barn porch.
“Some of the steps will be to make sure we only have one customer at a time on the porch,” Alexander said. “There will be measures take to make sure when we take payment, we keep our customers as safe as possible.”
She said although they are losing some customers from out of state this year, they have gotten more pre-orders than expected.
“We have had so many customer orders come in to reserve the boxes of wild blueberries,” Alexander said.
Alexander said the blueberries are riping quick this year and may be ready by the end of July.
“Harvest season typically begins in August,” Alexander said. “This year, with the warmer than usual weather that we experienced the end of June and into this month, we’re expecting that the harvest could start early this year.”
Alexander said they will notify their customers when it’s officially blueberry season. People can place orders online or come pick their own blueberries across the street.