O U R S T O R Y
Our lives have revolved around the blueberry industry. Dell is the farmer’s farmer and worked at the University of Maine for 53 years on the only wild blueberry research farm in the US. Marie, a certified and award winning chef, has taught in the Maine Community College System for 30 years. With dedication to saving small farms and preserving the environment, we built Wild Blueberry Land, Engineered by Nature, in 2001. It stands as homage for value added products and the future success of small family farming.
Our farm, Wild Wescogus Berries (A Passamaquoddy name translated to “above the water”), is located in beautiful Downeast Maine, one of the last undeveloped areas on the US east coast. Our farm overlooks tidal Pleasant River; and Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park can be seen in the distance.
Meet Dell and Marie Emerson
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A B O U T W I L D B L U E B E R R I E S
The Wild Blueberry is one of only four fruits native to North America. The other two are the cranberry and the wild grape. Wild Blueberries are grown on a two year cycle, harvesting every other year. These rare gems grow on the glacial soils that provide perfect conditions to prosper in this Northeast corridor of America. In the fall we burn our fields to control the competition and prepare for the harvest in the following year. This trick was taught to the settlers by the Native Americans, who held the Wild Blueberry in high esteem. The Wild Blueberry has been proven to provide many health benefits, can be used to preserve meats and other foods, and is absolutely delicious. Maine has been blessed with this completely natural, wild, wonderful treasure.