Hello and Welcome to Circle B Farms. This is just a little history about us, and what we do at Circle B Farms. In 1986 & 1987 we planted the first 700 Highbush Blueberries bushes on the farm in Caribou, Maine just as a hobby. In August of 1990 we opened the first, “You Pick” Highbush Blueberry orchard in Aroostook County.
Over the years we have enjoyed serving the people of Caribou and surrounding towns. It seems that people like it out here, or just like to pick and eat Highbush Blueberries. They keep coming back and they bring more friends with them every time they come, that is fine with us. The problem was that we were running out of Blueberries. What do I do?? Think and Think hard. IDEA!!
In summer of 2001 we hatched a plan. LET’S PLANT MORE BLUEBERRIES! So we did....
Now in 2016 we have just over 10,000 Highbush Blueberries planted on 10 acres. We service most local grocery stores from Houlton to Fort Kent, and many Hannaford stores in Southern Maine. Fresh when in season, and frozen for most of the winter.
YES, you can still pick your own blueberries at the farm if you like, not a problem.
We have grown the commercial side in order to keep up with demand this is true. But we have not forgotten where we started. The old You Pick berry shed will remain customers will be met with a smile. Please and thank you have not gone out of style. You are welcome to pick all the highbush blueberries you like. Patty has added you pick peas and string beans if you like.
In 2014 we built a new storage and packing facility with cooler and freezer. Now we offer our Highbush Blueberries frozen fresh. Here at the farm, or you can find them at many Hannaford stores, plus Natural food stores.
Highbush Blueberries from Paradis in Madawaska to Whole Foods in Portland. Look in the frozen section, for Circle B Farms logo on 1 quart bags, of frozen Highbush Blueberries heat sealed for food safety. Same great berries frozen fresh, just for you!
We also have a bulk, #10 lb or #30 lb box for your home freezer. Bulk boxes also works great for schools, or any large kitchen. Our delivery truck runs 3 days a week.
You may ask yourself, why plant Highbush Blueberries in Maine there is some 50,000 or so acres of Wild Blueberries already there?? Let me tell yea. I will say right- up-front. There is nothing wrong with Wild Blueberries from Maine or any other area if that is what you like. Caribou, Maine is 180 miles north of wild berry country. We planted Highbush Blueberries just so you could have the fun and experience of picking you own blueberries, plus saving many locals a long drive and all that gas. We planted Very Cold Hardy varieties in Caribou.
The other reason was that Highbush Blueberries are BIG in size. We have some Blueberries as big as a quarter. Most run the size of a nickel, depending on the variety, that makes for easy picking. The bushes at Circle B Farms are 3 to 6 feet tall and planted in rows for easy access.
We have 12 varieties that are yielding us the highest quality blueberries possible. We also have more varieties that we are testing for future plantings, some of which are doing better than others. So, come to Circle B Farms and pick all the Highbush Blueberries you can carry. If you want more than you can carry we will get you a wagon, and some one to pull it if need be.
Circle B Farms uses I.P.M. for pest control. I.P.M. is ( Integrated Pest Management ) This means we do field scouting for pests and diseases, spray only when needed. We use natural methods and organic products first. We only take the next step when all else fails.
We have amenities available such as; rest rooms, soda, water on tap, picnic tables, and shade if you want to sit for a bit and visit or take in the view. In addition, we also have blueberries pre-picked. We have plenty of parking and are handicapped accessible.
Bring a picnic lunch, spend some time and just unwind. Fresh air and sunshine are free!
On the right day, you could see an Eagle!!
Poke around the web site and you will see some of what we do. Check out the health facts. Blueberries are good for you and fun to pick too. I hope to see you in the Blueberry field. We are open no later than August 1st every year and stay open until the Apples are all gone, in October. We may take a short break and by November 20 or so, we are back at it and getting ready to cut Christmas Holly!! Ho, Ho, Ho!!
Keep an eye on the schedule page to see what is in season!!
We ship fresh Blueberries & Apples by Priority Mail every Monday & Tuesday throughout the harvest season (normal shipping time is 2 to 4 days depending on your location).
We have had a small elderberry patch for some time. In the fall of 2012 we started to expand the elderberry side of things. Elderberries will be available fresh when season and frozen while supplies last. They are great for jelly, juice, wine, and sauce, among other things. Some even say elderberries are good for you.
Circle B Farms makes no health food claims with any of our products. Just do your research and you be the judge.
Holly (Holly is used to decorate the house for the Christmas season). We start cutting holly around November 15 or so. Holly is available at the farm and in a few local grocery stores over the holiday season.
BUY FROM YOUR LOCAL FARMER!!
It is just good food safety to support your local farms. When you do, you know where your food comes from. Spend some time at the farm talk to your grower, he or she will answer your questions if he or she is not on a dead run in pursuit of resolving the next daily crises. We hire local people when available. You will be supporting the local economy, and save on food miles as well.
(Food miles, is how far your food travel before it gets to your table?)
It is a long ride from here to Mexico, or California think of the fuel wasted to get it here from other lands.
Buying local, when you can, may give someone you know a job!!
We want you “Our Customers” to know how much our family appreciates you coming to our farm. As a family farm, we survive only through your continued support. Please tell your friends and neighbors about our Circle B Family Farm. Please let us know what we can do to serve you better. Thank you,
Sam & Patty Blackstone and Family
Circle B Farms
When ordering berries or plants on line we welcome Visa & Master Card. For your safety and ours we do not take credit cards on line. Put your phone number in your Email and I will call you for credit card info. Thank You!
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org When sending Email please put Blueberries, or Apples, In the subject box so I know it is from the web site Thank you.
Sorry, NO PETS in the Blueberry field or Apple orchard during the harvest season. We are GAP certified and USDA inspected. This means we need to keep the fields clean, and ecoli free for your health & safety.
What’s in season, when is it time to pick??? Keep an eye on the schedule page for updates.
BLUEBERRIES AND U-PICK - July 25 - Sept. 20 (most years)
APPLES & ELDERBERRIES - Sept. - Oct. 20 or so
CHRISTMAS HOLLY - For decorating around the house - Nov 15 to Dec. 10
Plants are available:
APPLE TREES Spring only
BLUEBERRY Spring and fall
We also handle Koppert, Bumble Bees, and supplies for your Blueberry bushes.
We offer a Blueberry / Apple / Gardening class in the spring. Normally the first Saturday in May. Check the schedule page to see which one we are doing this year. Please let us know if you plan to attend.
MASTER CARD & VISA ARE WELCOME!