Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the few fruits which are native to the Northeast.

Delicate and difficult to pick, these tiny fruits make up for all the effort with each berry burst of dark, sweet juice laced with hints of lemon. In the wild, blueberries come in two varieties: low and high bush.

Low Bush, Wild Maine Blueberries

Low bush plants cover the ground, and can’t be planted or farmed in similar ways as row crops, i.e., in rows. Spread primarily by rhizomes (underground runners), which give rise to new stems, plants generally grow where they please. The bushes are managed in a two year cycle – the plants bear fruit one year and for vegetative growth the other.

With 99% of wild blueberries destined for the frozen food isle August is a truly special month. Fresh berries are available for only a short time! Fresh berries require special care and must be harvested by hand to avoid bruising that is otherwise acceptable in frozen berries.

In 2017 Red Tomato partnered with Blue Sky Produce of Maine help solve the logistics connections in bringing Wild Maine Blueberries to the greater Boston area. Learn More about Wild Maine Blueberries and where to find them in Boston here!

 
Whole Foods Cambridge Whole Foods Market

115 PROSPECT ST | Cambridge, MA, 02139

Whole Foods Symphony Whole Foods Market

15 WESTLAND AVE | Boston, MA, 02115

Whole Foods Charles River Plaza Whole Foods Market

181 CAMBRIDGE ST | Boston, MA, 02114

Whole Foods Wayland Whole Foods Market

317 BOSTON POST RD | Wayland, MA, 01778

Whole Foods Charlestown Whole Foods Market

51 AUSTIN ST | Charlestown, MA, 02129

Whole Foods Wellesley Whole Foods Market

442 Washington St | Wellesley, MA, 02482

Whole Foods Dedham Whole Foods Market

300 LEGACY PLACE | Dedham, MA, 02026

Whole Foods Westford Whole Foods Market

160 Littleton Road | Westford, MA, 01886

Whole Foods Framingham Whole Foods Market

575 WORCESTER RD | FRAMINGHAM, MA, 01701

Whole Foods Woburn Whole Foods Market

400 Cambridge | Woburn, MA, 01801

Whole Foods Fresh Pond Whole Foods Market

200 ALEWIFE BROOK PARKWAY | CAMBRIDGE, MA, 02138

Foodie's Duxbury Market Foodies Markets

46 Depot Street | Duxbury, MA, 02332

Whole Foods Ink Block Whole Foods Market

348 HARRISON | Boston, MA, 02118

Foodie's Urban Market - South Boston Foodies Markets

230 West Broadway | Boston, MA, 02127

Whole Foods Jamaica Plain Whole Foods Market

413 CENTRE ST | Boston, MA, 02130

Foodie's Urban Market - South End Foodies Markets

1421 Washington St. | Boston, MA, 02118

Whole Foods Lynnfield Whole Foods Market

100 MARKET ST | Lynnfield, MA, 01904

Pemberton Farm Pemberton Farms

2225 MASSACHUSETTS AVE | CAMBRIDGE, MA, 02140

Whole Foods Medford Whole Foods Market

2151 MYSTIC VALLEY PARKWAY | Medford, MA, 02155

Clark Farm Farmstands

163 Hobart St | Danvers, MA, 01923

Whole Foods Nashua Whole Foods Market

255 Amherst St | Nashua, NH, 03063

Whole Foods Melrose Whole Foods Market

880 MAIN ST | MELROSE, MA, 02176

Davidian Bros. Farm Farmstands

500 Church St | Northboro, MA, 01532

Whole Foods Andover Whole Foods Market

40 Railroad St | Andover, MA, 01730

Whole Foods Newton Whole Foods Market

916 WALNUT ST | Newton, MA, 02461

Allandale Farm Farmstands

259 Allandale Rd | Brookline, MA, 02476

Whole Foods Arlington Whole Foods Market

808 MASSACHUSETTS AVE | Arlington, MA, 02476

Whole Foods Newtonville Whole Foods Market

647 WASHINGTON ST | Newton, MA, 02458

Broadway Marketplace Independent

468 Broadway | Cambridge, MA, 02138

Whole Foods Bedford Whole Foods Market

170 GREAT ROAD | Bedford, MA, 01730

Whole Foods River Street Whole Foods Market

340 RIVER ST | CAMBRIDGE, MA, 02139

Whole Foods Brighton Whole Foods Market

15 WASHINGTON ST | BRIGHTON, MA, 02135

Whole Foods Somerville Whole Foods Market

45 BEACON ST | Somerville, MA, 02143

Whole Foods Brookline Whole Foods Market

1026-28 BEACON ST | BROOKLINE, MA, 02446

Whole Foods South Weymouth Whole Foods Market

35 PLEASANT ST | South Weymouth, MA, 02190

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High Bush, Cultivated Blueberries

High bush bear larger fruit making them slightly easier to harvest. Available in markets the first week of July all blueberries are considered a nutritional super food. Blueberries contain high levels of cholesterol-lowering compounds, antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, folate and dietary fiber. The first cultivated varieties were developed from wild high bush plants by the daughter of a New Jersey cranberry grower in the 1900s – their popularity has spread ever since!

Red Tomato works with Dzen Farms in Connecticut to source both strawberries and cultivated blueberries.

Storage

Today, many varieties of blueberries are available at market. Those that are bred only for size, however, lack any substantial acid and can be somewhat bland. For the best flavor, keep an eye out for small berries that are dark in color. While they might be time consuming to pick, blueberries are a dream to prepare. Simply spread out the berries in a single layer, remove the stems and/or any bruised fruits. Next, swirl the berries in a cold water bath, and spread to dry on a clean towel. Unwashed blueberries will keep in the refrigerator for 5-6 days and in the freezer for up to six months.