History of Maine's wild blueberry industry

May 23, 2013
Dr. David Yarborough, professor of horticulture and blueberry specialist at The University of Maine, Orono will lead a talk about the blueberry industry, Wednesday, June 5 in Union.

Union — The Union Historical Society will host a talk by Dr. David Yarborough, professor of horticulture and blueberry specialist at The University of Maine, Orono.

The Power Point presentation will be Wednesday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the society’s Old Town House.

Like the state’s fishing and lumber industries, the cultivation of blueberries defines Maine. In 1896 the bumper crop was 1 million pounds; in 2000 it was 110 million pounds. General improvements in agriculture, weed and pest controls, more efficient harvesting, research into the human diet, and effective packaging combine to make these berries available at all seasons. The program will explain when, why, and how these changes occurred.

The Old Town House is located just north of Union Common at 128 Town House Road or Route 235 south, off of Route 17. Snacks and time for questions follow the meeting. There is no fee. Enjoy learning about this important aspect of Maine’s history. The hall is also available to rent for special occasions. Leave a message at the society’s telephone number, 785-5444.

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