Maine Wild Blueberry Production Statistics

Updated May 2021

Prepared by Lily Calderwood, PhD and David E. Yarborough, PhD
Extension Wild Blueberry Specialists
and Brogan Tooley, Research Assistant

This Fact Sheet Contains:

  • Historic to Present Maine Wild Blueberry Production and Value 1924-2020.
  • Current Maine Wild Blueberry Production and Value.
  • Maine Wild Blueberry Production Statistics by County.

Historic to Present, Maine Wild Blueberry Production and Value 1924-2020

Wild Blueberry production and value graphed from 1924 to 2020

Figure 1. 1924-2020 Maine wild blueberry production and statistics. Source: 1924-1989 Maine Department of Agriculture (1924 to 1928 includes imported berries), 1990 to 2021 New England Agricultural Statistics Service.

 


Current Maine Wild Blueberry Production and Value

Table 1. 2012-2020 Maine wild blueberry production and value statistics. Source: USDA & NASS. 2021. USDA/NASS, National Agricultural Statistics Service. QuickStats Ad-hoc Query Tool. Available at https://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/ (verified May 2021).

TOTAL

USE

PRICE

Year Harvested Weight Weight/Area Fresh Processed Fresh Processed
acres million, lbs lbs/acre % of total weight $/lb
2020 20,700 47.4 2,290 1.5% 98.5% 0.82 0.600
2019 20,500 77.9 3,800 1.6% 98.1% 1.19 0.461
2018 18,800 50.4 2,681 3.1% 96.7% 1.05 0.455
2017 17,000 67.8 3,988 0.5% 99.3% 2.20 0.249
2016 23,100 101.8 4,409 0.4% 99.4% 0.79 0.270
2015 22,400 101.1 4,514 0.5% 99.4% 1.90 0.460
2014 22,800 104.4 4,579 0.6% 99.4% 2.00 0.600
2013 87.9 0.6% 98.5% 1.95 0.750
2012 18,110 91.1 5,030 0.5% 99.5% 2.25 0.750

 


Current Maine Wild Blueberry Production and Value – Graphed

Maine wild blueberry production price by Use (Fresh & Processed) 2007-2019 graphed

Figure 2. Maine wild blueberry production price by use, fresh or processed between 2007 and 2020. Source: USDA & NASS. 2021. USDA/NASS, National Agricultural Statistics Service. QuickStats Ad-hoc Query Tool. Available at https://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/ (verified May 2021).

 

Maine wild blueberry area harvested (acres) and production in 2012 and 2014-2019

Figure 3. Maine wild blueberry harvested acres and production (lbs/A) in 2012 and 2014-2020. Source: USDA & NASS. 2021. USDA/NASS, National Agricultural Statistics Service. QuickStats Ad-hoc Query Tool. Available at https://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/ (verified May 2021).

 


Maine Wild Blueberry Production Statistics by County

State of Maine counties map
Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maine-counties-map.gifState of Maine Counties for Reference

Table 2. Wild blueberry fruit bearing acres by county (every 5 years), with state totals. Source: USDA & NASS. 2019. USDA/NASS, National Agricultural Statistics Service. QuickStats Ad-hoc Query Tool. Available at https://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/ (verified May 2021).

County 1997 2002 2007 2012 2017
ANDROSCOGGIN (NA)* (NA) (NA) 1 (NA)
AROOSTOOK (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA)
CUMBERLAND 246 141 (NA) (NA) 41
FRANKLIN 92 135 (NA) (NA) 23
HANCOCK 3839 3162 5812 2717 4,496
KENNEBEC 97 (NA) 122 35 23
KNOX 1647 1494 1398 776 1,345
LINCOLN 396 309 286 299 (NA)
OXFORD 242 168 115 147 (NA)
PENOBSCOT 139 119 95 111 82
PISCATAQUIS 233 133 221 96 (NA)
SAGADAHOC (NA) (NA) (NA) 12 12
SOMERSET (NA) (NA) 24 3 (NA)
WALDO 609 391 380 199 498
WASHINGTON 17861 16844 14222 13668 (NA)
YORK (NA) (NA) 7 32 (NA)
State Total 25,429 23,000 22,747 18,110 20,023

*NA are counties/years where data are withheld to protect individual operations.

 

Maine wild blueberry acres harvested in eastern coastal counties graphed

Figure 4. Maine wild blueberry, fruit bearing acres (every 5-years) in eastern coastal counties, Lincoln to Washington where a majority of Maine’s wild blueberries are grown. Source: USDA & NASS. 2021. USDA/NASS, National Agricultural Statistics Service. QuickStats Ad-hoc Query Tool. Available at https://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/ (verified May 2021).


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