Wild Blueberry Picking in the Kennebunk Plains

The Cute Potato family is having the busiest August on record. We’re moving to a new house, hosting summer guests, and preparing to take on an exciting new project (more on all in future posts). With so much happening, MP asked Jessica Jenkins, our friend and sponsor from Daytrip Jr., to guest blog. Jessica and her crew recently traveled to the Kennebunk Plains to pick wild blueberries. Here’s their story: 

Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk… it’s blueberry season in Maine!* The staff at Daytrip Society is always on the look out for fun, all-ages nature spots. We’ve heard more than a story or two about the bountiful, blueberry harvests and rare flowers in the Kennebunk Plains, but we had yet to visit ourselves. We grabbed our hats, berry baskets, and bug spray and prepared for adventure.


When we reached the plains, we felt as though we’d entered a desert state. Low grasses, wild flowers, and blueberries lined the snaking dirt road as far as the eye could see. Each of us found a favorite spot and started picking. Many berries made it into our bellies rather than our baskets, but before long, we had an abundance of sweet, Maine blueberries to share. A perfect Daytrip!

Want to take your family to the Kennebunk Plains? Blueberry picking is free and open to the public (bring your own supplies). Visit the Nature Conservancy for more information.

*From the story, Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

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  1. Wow, you read my mind! I planned to take my 4 year old daughter b.b. picking and that book had come to mind. Cute way to tie it all together :). We are new to Maine so still learning all of the great spots – thank you for the info!!

  2. Blueberry picking sounds wonderful! I live in Iowa. Will have to see if there is an open blueberry field in my area. We do have a strawberry field nearby that is open every summer. Just as fun! 🙂

  3. McCloskey’s books have always been my favorites since childhood. I look forward to reading them to my young grandchildren and hope they will love them as much as I do.
    I grew up and still live in the town of Brooksville, where One Morning in Maine is based. I was also lucky enough to know Mr. McCloskey. Such wonderful memories. 🙂

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  4. I took my kids blueberry picking last year for the first time and they had a great time. And blueberries for sal was a book my grandmother used to read to me when I was a kid. Great book!

  5. At Caterpillar Kids Child Care, blueberry picking is a favorite daily activity from our blueberry bush. This book would be a great addition to our curriculum.

  6. I keep meaning to buy Blueberries for Sal for my daughter but haven’t done so yet. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  7. This was a favorite of mine growing up in North Carolina – where there are no blueberries!!!

  8. what a fantasic way to celebrate summer! we have eaten the berries in our own yard, but have not taken our appetites on the road.
    thanks for sharing.

  9. we would love to win this for our 3 year old twins– we live in maine and it is a classic we would love to add to our library.

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