All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Blueberry Camp in Deblois

Jonathan Levitt writes today in the Globe about migrant berry-pickers in Deblois.
For a few weeks at the end of the summer, much of Maine's usually bleak and fogbound easternmost county becomes a sunny candyland of sweet-smelling blue-berries, which have been big business in this part of the state for as long as anyone can remember. Traditionally, the rakers were local people and Native Americans from Canada. Since the early 1990s the crowd has been mostly Latino, and they come from all over the country for hard work and the chance to make hundreds of dollars a day. They show up alone or with their families, driving pickups and souped-up street racers, and after long days in the barrens working for Wyman's, Cherryfield Foods, Northeast Blueberry Company, and dozens of smaller and independent companies, they spend their evenings drinking beer and playing soccer. [Link]


At 2:07 PM, August 30, 2006, Blogger Michelle Souliere said...

a sunny candyland of sweet-smelling blue-berries...

Mmm... you make it sound absolutely DELICIOUS, Chris!!!

At 7:14 PM, August 30, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

That's the turn of phrase that caught my eye, too.


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