The sea, salty coastlines, lobster dinners, and, of course, wild blueberries — these are the things that have become synonymous with Maine summers. Wild blueberries are one of our state’s most significant agricultural industries, and this summer, the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine is putting this delicious and healthy wild fruit in the spotlight.

Aug. 7-8 will mark the first-ever Wild Blueberry Weekend. Mainers and visitors will have the opportunity to eat, drink and experience the taste of Maine summers by visiting 15-plus wild blueberry farms and 40-plus participating restaurants, inns, bars, wineries and distilleries. For a full list and descriptions of local farms and businesses, visit

During the weekend, visitors will be able to learn how multi-generational family farms have stewarded and harvested Maine wild blueberries for generations. Locations are offering a range of activities from farm tours to u-pick, hand-raking demonstrations, and even the ability to camp out in select fields. Additionally, visitors can purchase farm-fresh and frozen wild blueberries and a number of value-added products like dried wild blueberry powder, jams, syrups, honey and more.

Interested individuals can plan their family’s weekend itinerary by browsing the map of participating farms, restaurants, bars, wineries, and eating establishments, on the Wild Blueberry Weekend website. Participants will also have the chance to highlight their “wild” experiences and win prizes by following along with @wildblueberries on Instagram and Facebook and using #WildBlueberryWeekend on social media.

Locally, Rollie’s Bar and Grill at 37 Main St., Belfast, will be serving blueberry lemonade and blueberry martinis. Winterport Winery, 279 Main St., Winterport, will be featuring blueberry wine and blueberry hard cider.

Fresh Off the Farm, 495 Commercial St., Rockport, lists wild blueberries in all forms — jam, jelly, chutney, soda, frozen, fresh, dried, toppings, vinegar and beer.

Brodis Blueberries, 87 Jones Hill Road, Hope (off Route 235; not accessible from the town of Appleton) has an array of festivities and tastings planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, including its fresh and frozen wild blueberries, jams and other products.

Blue Barren Distillery will be in operation each day, offering tastings and sales of its award-winning spirits, with cocktails available for purchase each evening from 4 to 7 p.m. A food truck will be on hand, and there will be a variety of blueberry-related activities for adults and children both days.

Ridgeberry Farm, 1005 Appleton Ridge Road, Appleton, offers visitors an in-the-field experience of modern-day blueberry farming, while enjoying views from the top of Appleton Ridge. Visitors will see how berries are harvested with the latest blueberry harvesting machinery, and a demonstration of what it’s like to hand-rake at this family-owned farm. They will visit the wild blueberry “picking line” and sample delicious wild blueberries. Hay wagon rides around a field will be offered if the harvest allows.

Tours will be held between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. From noon to 3 p.m., Gun Slingers BBQ will be grilling with a specially made Ridgeberry Farm Blueberry BBQ Sauce. Fresh wild blueberries will be available for purchase (single, four and eight-quart boxes), with freezer-ready options. No pets are allowed.

Blueberry Valley farm, 2788 North Union Road in Union, is a family-owned business with a 50-acre farm that generates around 50,000 pounds of wild blueberries a year. Fresh berries, jams, pies and more are sold at the farm store from 11 a.m. to  5 p.m.

Bixby & Co., 1 Sea Street Place, Rockland, is a craft chocolatier celebrating wild Maine blueberries with its Maine Blueberry Smoothie Bar, Whippersnapper Bixby Bar and Maine Blueberry Jam Bon Bon.

Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery, 347 Carroll Road in Union, is offering a selection of blueberry drinks for $5 with a souvenir glass, including Maine Wild Blueberry Sangria, Blueberry Smash dessert wine and Blueberry Aromatic Bitters.

Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery, 175 Barrett Hill Road in Union, is a family farm making Maine grown wines, including blueberry wine.

To learn more about Wild Blueberry Weekend, visit For information about the health benefits, origin and eating wild blueberries, visit for research, recipes, and more.