Maine is the world’s largest producer of wild blueberries, 85 million pounds of commercially harvested wild blueberries grow in the state. It is the only place where the naturally growing fruit is commercially harvested.
The glacially formed "barrens", vast rolling plains of sandy soil, are perfect for raising wild, lowbush blueberries. The barrens are a stark, wild, almost surreal landscape, a smooth undulating carpet of blueberry plants.
While leaf peepers head to the mountains, coastal Washington County, offers a different seasonal experience. Fields of the low-bush blueberry plants that weren’t raked and harvested transform into a brilliant red. The raked fields turn a browner red. Bordering forests of deciduous and evergreen trees provide color contrast and texture to undulating fields of ankle- and knee-high bushes so expansive that the landscape sometimes feels like the Midwestern plains.