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Photographing Maine's Blueberry Barrens

VIDEO: David Brooks Stess photos of Maine’s Blueberry Barrens

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Updated Monday, June 22nd, 2009

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5 Responses to Photographing Maine’s Blueberry Barrens

  1. Keith Dunn July 11, 2009 at 8:20 am #

    Excellenet video. I’d like to see more like it.

  2. JANE A REEL July 18, 2009 at 7:19 am #

    Good article and photos. These types of stories give me a glimpse into others’ reality which I wouldn’t ordinarily get. Many issues and questions come up for me after reading this story.

  3. Charlene Foster July 18, 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    Great video,!! I remember racking blueberries 40 years ago. It was hard work but lots of fun. It sure has changed in the past 40 years. Its gone from all hand rackers to mostly all tractors and mechical harvestors. Wow, how I miss the old days!!!!

  4. Patricia Rand January 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    I had a cousin,Mary Ann,that lived in Ellsworth,Me. and decided one year that her and her daughter were going to rack blueberries.They got the heavy metal racks from her ex and proceded to venture out to the fields with $$$$ in their heads.Well ,needless to say at the end of the day they both only made a litle over $40,had sore backs,legs,sunburns and hung up the blueberry racks on the wall to hold dried flower arrangements.And that was the end of being a blueberry racker for them.

  5. Tom Sprague February 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    I started raking the blueberry barrens in Dublois around 1975 or 76. I made friends with the MicMac Indians, and they called me popeye! Popeye, because I always squinted one eye. As far as I knw, I think I was perhaps the top raker on the barrens, at that time. My biggest day, ever, was(I was in my late 20s) 250 boxes. And, at that time we had to winnow our own berries. Nowadays, no one winnows anymore–just rake right into the boxes, leaves and all. back then there were no Mexican rakers–just the local people and the MicMacs from Big Cove, Canada. The most berries ever raked, that I know of, was 325 boxes, by a Mexican over at Dublois. The time that I raked 250, we were in an area that had been reserved for the harvesters, but somehow we ended up raking them!!! I am 67 now, and I still love to rake berries!!!

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