4262 Kennebec Rd
Dixmont ME 04932
Photo by American Images, Marshfield WI
Jean Hay Bright David Bright
Our Growing Season Shakes Out Like This:
April & May -- Vegetable and Herb Seedlings
June -- Strawberries
July -- Red Raspberries
August -- High-Bush Blueberries
July to October -- Tomatoes
September & October -- Onions, Winter Squash, Pumpkins
Our Pick-Your-Own Season is in Full Swing
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Our HIGH-BUSH BLUEBERRIES are $4 per pound U-Pick (about $6 per quart)
We have more than 300 blueberry bushes, seven varieties, with different ripening
schedules, early, mid-season, late, so we'll be picking for several weeks.
Some are loaded with berries, one variety (because of this strange spring weather) did not blossom at all. (It's been interesting farming this year.)
No more RED RASPBERRIES, they are done for the year.
Pick-Your-Own schedule is:
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
We accept cash or checks. We are not set up to take credit cards.
Already-picked and packed blueberries, blackberries, and
tomatoes are available in August at
at Natural Living Center in Bangor and Tiller and Rye in Brewer
and at the Pick-Your-Own tent at our farm
BrightBerry Farm is a small organic farm in the hills of Dixmont, Maine, about 20 miles southwest of Bangor. The farm is the last 30 acres of a large dairy farm that was first homesteaded in 1830, and, as far as we can tell, has been farmed or homesteaded continuously since then. Our piece includes about 20 acres of open fields, a year-round stream, two spring-fed ponds (which we have expanded) and about 10 acres of woodland on the edges of our property. The property is quite steep, particularly around the house, but it slopes south and southwest, which is great for sun exposure and drainage. That orientation was key to our excited purchase of this farm in 1999.
(Jean owned and operated Hay's Farm Stand in Blue Hill, across from the Blue Hill Fairgrounds, in the 1980s and early 1990s.)
We've planted about two acres in several different kinds of berries, extending the season with early, mid-season and late ripening varieties.
Blueberries. We have Pick-Your-Own high-bush blueberries. Our 300-plus high-bush blueberry bushes are in two plots, which are finally full-grown. Last year the blueberry season went from mid-July all the way through August. Check our Facebook page or call first to check for availability (to make sure previous pickers haven't cleaned out the patch for the day).
Raspberries. We have six varieties of red raspberries. The season is short, but usually runs from early July into early August. For our raspberries, pick-your-own is best. Because they are so fragile, we do not sell fresh raspberries wholesale to stores, and only sell them fresh here at the farm if they are pre-ordered, and even then we carefully coordinate pick-up with same-day picking.
We fresh-pick and immediately flash-freeze those berries not picked by the Pick-Your-Own crowd. We wholesale our red and black raspberries to folks who do great things with them -- like John's Ice Cream, Wild Cow Creamery, a candy maker or two, and vendors at the Common Ground Fair in Unity. Collectively they've been taking our entire crop (except for the U-Pik) several years running now.
Blackberries. The thorns on our single row of blackberries are wicked, so those are only available pre-ordered, fresh or frozen, not U-Pick. Some pints are also available in season at Natural Living Center in Bangor and Tiller & Rye in Brewer.
Strawberries. We have a couple of small patches, are expanding with 1,500 new strawberry plants, hoping for a bumper crop next year.
Tomatoes. In addition to the various fruits, we have about half an acre in vegetables. We grow tomatoes (only full-sized slicers this year) in a 20'x48' unheated moveable hoophouse. We wholesale them to the Natural Living Center. We may have extra 10-lb flats available in August, pre-order and we'll see what we can do.
Other Veggies. We also grow and wholesale limited quantities of snap peas in July (sorry, no shell peas), and a ton or so of winter squash and pie pumpkins in the fall.
Changes. The original farmhouse, with its fieldstone foundation, was remodeled in the 1980s and early 1990s, so in 1999 when we moved in we could concentrate on developing the property into our dream of a pick-your-own raspberry and high-bush blueberry operation. Three years ago we turned our focus to our housing again, adding a three-car garage/barn on the east side of the house, and last summer, having a small addition and second story built over our kitchen and what we call the West Wing (our packing area) on the west side of the house.
Included in the addition is a small room off the kitchen which we hope will serve as our farmstand next year, replacing the self-serve table.
We'll let you know when that's open for business.
Enjoy your summer in Maine!
Look for our label!
Here's hoping for a great season!
Jean Hay Bright
Our best raspberry patch.
Common Ground Fair award winning specimens!
Some agricultural links
Maine Dept. of Agriculture web site http://www.state.me.us/agriculture
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association http://www.mofga.org
Maine Farm Bureau http://www.mainefarmbureau.com