Aug 26, 2020 Blueberry Picking in Maine
I recently learned that the state fruit of Maine is the wild blueberry, so it is only fitting that my first time picking blueberries would be in Acton, Maine at Blueberry Hill Farm. This 10 acre blueberry farm is quite a trip from Portland, however, you should be able to find one closer because blueberry farms are scattered throughout the state. Blueberry season is only a few months, so make sure you check to see if they are in season before making a trip. I always try to check social media or call to make sure that the farm is open for picking.
Blueberry Hill Farm allows you to bring your own container that they weight before you pick the blueberries since you are charged by the weight of the blueberries. My only mistake was that we did not bringing a big enough container. Within ten minutes of picking, we had our container full.
After picking our share of berries, we decided to take a drive to find lunch.. We made our way to Biddeford/Saco area. There is not much to do here, but there are a ton of good places to eat. We chose Pool Street Market, which is more like a mom and pop shop. There was a small wait, because this shop seemed to be the locals honey hole. Though they have a number of deli type offerings on their menu, their most popular item was their lobster roll. Everyone in line before us and everyone that ordered after us, ordered the lobster roll. The roll was HUGE. It was on a foot long hotdog type bun with the amount of lobster varying by weight. We went with the biggest one called the Winn and split it. It was more than enough for two people. For the price, it was probably one of the most affordable ($22.85) lobster rolls we have had. This shop alone uses over 4500lbs of lobster per year. There is no seating in this shop, so we ended up walking a block to a really nice park overlooking the old mills.
Across the street from the park are the old mills, which have been converted into apartments, shopping and food venues. We decided we need to go to one last brewery while in Maine. We went to Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery. The food smelled amazing due to the chefs smoking brisket outback. If you are not in the mood for lobsters rolls, this is a great option for lunch. We ended up getting the pepperell poutine fries topped with cheese and duck confit. For drinks, Sam got the alewife ale and I just got a blueberry lemonade. It was a perfect way to end the day. If you are a history buff, Biddleford does have a walking trail called Museum in the Streets, which tells you about the history of Biddleford. The signs are in English and French. We saw some of the places, however did not fully complete the circuit but looks like a fun day activity.
TIP: Another third day itinerary if you are still in Portland. Make a trip to the closest blueberry farm near Portland. Then if your interested in beer tasting. There are several tours of different breweries around Portland. You can do a walking tour, bus tour, or even a sailing tour of the breweries around Casco Bay, since Maine is also well known for its vast breweries.