Welcome to BrightBerry Farm
4262 Kennebec Rd Dixmont ME 04932
Jean Hay Bright David Bright
Photo by American Images, Marshfield WI
Late July and August at
Organic High-Bush Blueberries
Before heading out to the farm, please check out our farm Facebook page for the latest information. Or call us 207-234-4225.
Our Growing Season Shakes Out Like This:
March thru June -- Herbs, Vegetable and Flower Seedlings
June --Strawberries. NONE. We are officially out of the strawberry business. We can't get Google to fix its listings, so if that's how you found us -- Sorry.
Mid-July to early August -- Red Raspberries
Late-July and August -- High-Bush Blueberries
Late July -- Black Raspberries
Early-Mid August -- Blackberries
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Where are we?
4262 Kennebec Road, Dixmont ME 04932
Seedlings. March through June. We had a banner seedling season this year, selling lots of herbs (basil, parsley, sage, etc.), plus thousands of tomatoes, peppers, and other garden vegetables from display carts in Bangor, at Natural Living Center in Bangor and in early spring at Tiller & Rye in Brewer. Thank you all for a great spring seedling season.
We have about two acres in several different kinds of bramble and berry bushes, ripening mid-July into September
Red Raspberries. Mid-July into August NO Pick-Your-Own in 2020. (2021?)
After the 2019 crop failure (due to the harsh 2018-2019 winter), we had hoped to have some raspberries for you to pick this year. But the patches did not bounce back well. We had to replant two of our five varieties -- three years to mature stands. And the bearing canes on the other varieties are few and far between, not nearly enough to justify a trip to the farm. Sorry. Here's hoping 2021 will be better.
Blueberries. Pick-Your-Own Late-July thru August
The blueberry plots did well in 2020. Despite some winter damage 2018-19 (we had to replace 10% of our mature stock), our two organic high-bush blueberry patches were loaded with berries this year. We have two well-separated plots, a patch of 60 plants in what we call Blueberry Circle, and a larger field across the farm road with 300 plants (six varieties) in 14 long rows. 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. Covid-19 rules applied, but the patches are spread out enough that social distancing was not a problem.
Black Raspberries -- Late July -- John's Ice Cream in Liberty has first-dibs. But the patches didn't produce as much as we had hoped in 2020. Even John got only a partial order. Maybe next year?
Blackberries. Mid-Late August The thorns on our single row of blackberries are wicked, so we've been reluctant to do U-Pick with them. But in 2019 we had a bumper crop and no time to pick them all, so we let in a few families (who knew what they were doing and dressed accordingly), and that worked out well. So this year (2020) we opened the row for picking blackberries during our regular hours, and the patch was repeatedly picked clean.
Hey farmers, if the dry spring got you thinking about an irrigation system, consider our 5-thousand gallon water tank, bought new, never installed, that we have available for $2,000 (current new price is $3,453). We designed a system to use two of these tanks to irrigate the fields above the farm pond. Then we reworked our farm layout and took those upper fields out of service. So we don't need this tank. (We sold its sister tank a few years ago during the last spring drought.) July 2020
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.)
Farm changes. Now semi-retired, we have decided to focus more attention on the spring seedlings and berry patches, and cut out the annual vegetables. That means no more tomatoes or fall vegetables. Maybe a few pumpkins this year, we'll see.
Farmhouse changes. The original 1830 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.
Five years ago we turned our focus to our housing again, adding a three-car garage/barn on the east side of the house. In 2016, we had a small addition and second story built over our kitchen and what we call the West Wing (our seedling-starting and packing area) on the west side of the house. We're slowly finishing up the insides ourselves, insulating, wiring, sheet-rocking, etc.
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Jean Hay Bright
Black Raspberries West Wing Seedlings (Nursery room off kitchen)
with heated floor
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