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U-Pick Wild Blueberries in the Maritimes

With the summer truckin’ on, we are all excitedly anticipating the wild blueberry season, which usually starts sometime in August, and goes through until September (depending on the year)! There’s nothing that quite beats the taste of fresh wild blueberries, straight from the shrub, right? While you can often find these blue gems on your adventures down trails and paths, there are also several U-Picks throughout the maritimes! 

Nova Scotia

Wild Blueberry U-Pick

Location: 1 km north on the Upper Clyde Road Clyde River, NS, Canada
Phone: (902) 637-8322
Check out their website HERE

 

Glenhill Berry Farm

Location: Hwy #7, North Lochaber, NS
Phone: 902-783-2787 or Email: staylor@stfx.ca.
You can find more information HERE

 

BeeCee Farms Wild Blueberries

Location: 172 New France, Afton Rd. Antigonish, NS
Phone: (902) 863-2047
Watch for updates and information HERE

 

Phillips Honey & Wild Blueberries

Location: 159 George Weatherby Road, Debert, NS
Phone: (902) 662-3399 or Email: philbee@ns.sympatico.ca
To find their website, follow the link HERE

 

Wild Blueberry Health Benefits

 

New Brunswick

Trueman Blueberry Farms

Location: 255 Etter Ridge Road, Aulac Sackville, NB
Phone: (506) 364-7458
Check out their website HERE

 

Sunset U-Pick

Location: 49 Ferris street, Fredericton, NB
Phone: 506-459-3183
To learn more about Sunset U-Pick, click HERE

 

Michel Ross

Location: 3252 Route 135, Trudel, NB
Phone: 506-764-3533
There is no website for this farm, so you’ll want to call for all the updates!

Prince Edward Island

Blue Acre Farms 

Location: 15623 Route 14 Tignish, PE
Phone: (902) 882-3410
To watch for updates and get more information, click HERE

 

The McCardle’s Berry Patch

Location: 11860 St Peters Rd Tracadie Cross PE
Phone: (902) 676-2945
Check out their page for more information! You can find it HERE

 

Woodingtons Blueberry U-Pick

Location: 539 Route 104 Kensington, PE
Phone: (902) 836-5305
Click the link HERE to find out more information! 

 

 

Strawberries are great, apples are delicious, and picking your own pumpkin can be a blast. But we think there’s nothing quite like picking a bucket full of fresh wild blueberries! 

 

Have another u-pick in mind that you don’t see listed here? Drop a comment below and help us update this list! 

 

 

 

 

Lemon Cake with Wild Blueberry Sauce and Citrus Buttercream

Lemon Cake with Wild Blueberry Sauce and Citrus Buttercream

Chef Alain Bosse (The Kilted Chef)
Nothing short of zesty and refreshing, this lemon cake is perfect for your next summer bash. With a juicy wild blueberry sauce, and topped with a citrus buttercream, it's sure to be the star of the show whenever you bring it out!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

Wild Blueberry Sauce

  • 2 cups wild blueberries frozen
  • 1 lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 package Knox gelatin
  • ½ cup wild blueberry juice (or water)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp butter

Lemon Cake

  • 5 egg whites
  • 2 lemons zest
  • 1 lemon juice
  • ¾ cup room temperature butter
  • cups sugar
  • cups cake flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup buttermilk

Citrus Buttercream

  • 1 cup room temperature butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 5 cups icing sugar

Instructions
 

Wild Blueberry Sauce

  • Sprinkle gelatin over the wild blueberry juice. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Combine the frozen wild blueberries, sugar and lemon juice, and bring to a boil. Turn heat to medium, add gelatin mixture, and cook for 1 minute.
  • Finish with the almond extract, lemon zest and butter.
  • Set aside to cool.

Lemon Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine egg whites with lemon zest and juice. Set aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together. Scrape down the sides and add in the other dry ingredients.
  • Mix until they start to come together, then slowly add in egg whites.
  • Once egg whites have been incorporated, beat in buttermilk. Divide between two prepared 9 inch pans.
  • Place pans in preheated oven at 350°F and bake for 25 minutes. The cake will be quite light on top.

Citrus Buttercream

  • Place butter and salt in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Beat until smooth.
  • Add lemon juice and mixed until combined.
  • Add icing sugar one cup at a time until the buttercream is smooth.

To Assemble

  • Place one of the cakes onto a cake tray. Anchor in place with a tab of buttercream.
  • Put ½ of the buttercream into a piping bag and pipe a ring around the top of the cake. Place the cooled wild blueberry filling inside the ring.
  • Top with second cake. Use the remainder of the icing to frost the cake.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword baked treats, dessert, wild blueberry

Wild Blueberry Beet Salad

Wild Blueberry Beet Salad

Kilted Chef Alain Bosse
A delicious side dish that is earthy and improves with time!
Prep Time 1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Salad

Ingredients
  

  • lbs red beets
  • lbs wild blueberries frozen
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 orange segmented
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Scrub beets. In a medium pot, add water to cover the beets and cook for approximately 1 hour. To check for doneness, insert a knife into a beet and check to see if it comes out easily.
  • Cool the beets. Slip off the skins.
  • Cut into ¼ inch cubes and place into a large bowl.
  • Combine beets with sugar, white wine vinegar, olive oil, sea salt, freshly grated ginger, zest of one good sized orange, the orange segments, chives and wild blueberries.
  • Toss delicately and set for at least an hour.
  • Top with grated orange peel and sea salt.

Notes

This salad recipe can last for up to 1 week if refrigerated. It also improves the flavour the longer it sits!
Keyword healthy eats, salad

Wild Blueberry Stuffed Chicken Breast with Wild Blueberry Hunter Sauce

Wild Blueberry Stuffed Chicken Breast with Wild Blueberry Hunter Sauce

Kilted Chef Alain Bosse
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 chicken breasts skin on, bone-in
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 sprigs thyme

Wild Blueberry Stuffing

  • ¼ cup wild blueberries
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • pinch salt and pepper

Wild Blueberry Hunter Sauce

  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • cups wild blueberries
  • ½ medium onion
  • 8 oz mushrooms sliced
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme

Instructions
 

  • Combine ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Debone your chicken breast. Create a cavity inside the chicken breast for the stuffing.
  • Place an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter & canola oil until thebutter has melted into the oil, and it begins to shimmer.
  • Place the chicken breast skin side down in the skillet and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until golden brown. Flip chicken breast, add sprigs of thyme and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, basting with pan juices.
  • Remove chicken from the pan and place on a cutting board. Fill the cavity with the stuffing, returning it to the pan.
  • Place pan into preheated oven at 400°F for 20 minutes.
  • While chicken is cooking, prepare the hunter sauce.

Wild Blueberry Hunter Sauce

  • Heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. Add blueberries and onions and cook until onions become soft. Add tomatoes and mushrooms. Continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the Dijon mustard and tomato paste while cooking, stirring to combine.
  • Deglaze the pan with the red wine and add the beef stock along with the thyme. Stir well and cook until the sauce has reduced by half.
    *Option* You can create a cornstarch slurry with 1 tsp cornstarch, 1 tsp water to thicken the sauce.
  • Once the chicken has cooked, remove from the oven, cut in half and serve on a bed of your favourite greens. Top with the wild blueberry hunter sauce.
Keyword chicken, dinner, wild blueberry

Canadian Wild Blueberry Festivals You’ll Want to Check Out

We love the wild blueberry, and we’re not alone! Many people love them because of their versatility, their vibrant taste, and the mega health benefits that they give. The Canadian wild blueberry industry provides jobs to thousands of people across the country. We think it should be celebrated, and others agree! 

 

We’ve compiled a [growing] list of wild blueberry festivals that can be found across Canada. 

 

Prince Edward Island

St. Peters Wild Blueberry Festival

http://www.stpetersblueberryfestival.com/

A week long festival with many events and activities. Usually runs at the end of July. 

 

New Brunswick

Granite Town Wild Blueberry Festival 

https://www.facebook.com/GraniteTownWildBlueberryFestival

A week long celebration of all things St. George, NB. This town also known for its large blueberry! 

 

Nova Scotia

Wild Blueberry Fest

https://www.wildblueberryfest.com/

A two week celebration throughout the central region of Nova Scotia!

 

 Quebec

Festival Du Bleuet 

https://www.festivaldubleuet.com/

This festival is located in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Québec and runs for a week long. 

 

Saskatchewan 

St. Walburg Wild Blueberry Festival

https://blueberryfest.ca/?fbclid=IwAR1zZ78nOVskbSiA2U1mbq3Dhpy-Qpm1DVRDG2U-cmAMok8Oxmd8X8wU19g

Located in St. Walburg, Sask, this festival is held the 4th Saturday of August each year. 

 

 

Have you ever visited any of these festivals? Do you know of others that we haven’t listed? We want to hear from you! Drop us a line in the comment section below! 

 

*Disclaimer: due to the nature of the pandemic, some of these festivals may not be running in 2021. Please check out their websites & social media pages for up-to-date information

Wild Blueberry and Lemon White Chocolate Cake

Wild Blueberry and Lemon White Chocolate Cake

Kilted Chef Alain
Decadent and delicious. This tasty treat is perfect for featuring at your next get-together, or to enjoy the taste of summer all year long.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Lemon Cream Cheese Butter Frosting

  • 1 8 oz block of cream cheese
  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 2 tsp lemon extract or 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp heavy cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar using a hand or stand mixer.
  • Add eggs in one at a time, beating just until combined.
  • Add vanilla extract and almond extract and combine.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together buttermilk, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  • In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add ⅓ of the flour mixture to the mixer, followed by ½ of the buttermilk mixture. Repeat, ending with the flour.
  • Place frozen wild blueberries in a bowl and toss with the 1 tbsp of flour. Add to the batter, along with the white chocolate chips. Fold to incorporate.
  • Line two 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper and grease. Divide the batter between the two pans evenly.
  • Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.

Lemon Cream Cheese Butter Frosting

  • Place the cream cheese and butter into the bowl of the stand mixer, and use the paddle attachment to cream the two together.
  • Add lemon extract and mix. Add icing sugar 1 cup at a time. Add heavy cream as neded to keep the icing fluid and smooth
  • Beat for 3 - 4 minutes until light and airy.
  • Place one of the cooled cakes on a dessert plate and spread ⅓ of the icing on top. Add the second cake layer and place the remaining icing on top. You can leave the sides naked, or if you prefer, spread the icing around the edge.
  • Garnish with some more lemon zest and a lemon twist.
Keyword baked treats, dessert

Sweet Potato Salmon with Wild Blueberry & Basil Compote

Sweet Potato Salmon with Wild Blueberry & Basil Compote

Chef Alain Bosse, The Kilted Chef
A sweet and aromatic dinner that uses salmon, wild blueberries and sweet potato. A quick dish that tastes like you've been working on it for hours!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 salmon fillets 6-8 oz
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 2 sweet potatoes cooked and mashed
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Wild Blueberry & Basil Compote

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups wild blueberries
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1 green onion diced
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ½ tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp basil chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).
  • Place the salmon fillets on a parchment-lined baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and squeeze the lemon.
  • Mash the sweet potatoes, add the maple syrup and butter, along with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Divide sweet potatoes between the two salmon fillets.
  • Divide pumpkin seeds between the two servings, and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Place in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Top with the wild blueberry and basil compote to serve.

Wild Blueberry and Basil Compote

  • Heat olive oil over medium-high heat, and add the blueberries. Using the back of a spoon, crush some of the berries so they release their juice.
  • Add shallots and green onions, and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add Dijon mustard and white wine, stir to combine.
  • Allow compote to reduce by a quarter, and then stir in the basil.
  • Finish with salt, pepper and butter.

 

Wild Blueberry Grunt

Wild Blueberry Grunt

Chef Alain Bosse, The Kilted Chef
A Nova Scotian classic, this tangy and sweet treat is a great dessert no matter what the season.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups wild blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 limes juiced
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup frozen butter, grated
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Instructions
 

  • Place the blueberries along with the sugar, water, lime juice, and spices into a preheated cast iron or enamel pot with a lid. Cover and place over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the juices have been released and a jam consistency has been reached.
  • Combine the biscuit ingredients and mix to form a soft dough. Drop the dough into the blueberry mixture using a 2 oz (57g) scoop.
    Cover and let set for 10 to 12 minutes or until the biscuits are no longer wet.
  • Serve with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream.
Keyword dessert

7 Unique Ways to Enjoy Wild Blueberries

Do you like eating wild blueberries all year long? It can be hard to come by {affordable} fresh fruit during the colder months when fresh produce isn’t as readily available in Canada. Fresh wild blueberries are even more difficult to come by, as the season is short, and with a short shelf life, wild blueberries don’t stay fresh for long.  

Of course, our wild blueberry producers are clever. Because they know that we love our blueberries all year round, there have been some incredibly innovative ways of ensuring that we get the super fruit that we love whenever we want it! There are many different ways that wild blueberries can be enjoyed, some of which may be very surprising!

 

7 Unique Ways to Enjoy Wild Blueberries

 

Fresh: 

Obviously this is going to be first on our list. There’s nothing quite like eating wild blueberries straight from the bush. You can get wild blueberries fresh during the harvest season (typically late August to mid September) off of wild blueberry bushes, u-Pick farms, or your local grocery store. Fresh wild blueberries can be used in a large variety of ways, including baking, cooking, sauces, snacking (fresh), and so on. 

 

frozen wild blueberries

Frozen: 

If you’ve been following Canadian Wild Blueberries for any amount of time, you’ll know that frozen wild blueberries is the most accessible form. All Canadian wild blueberries are put through a process called IQF, or better known as Individually Quick Frozen, within 24 hours of being picked. This preserves their nutritional value, their colour, and taste. Many different brands throughout Canada (and around the world) carry wild blueberries that are IQF, and likely can be found in the frozen goods section of your local grocery store. 

 

Pureed: 

Did you know that wild blueberries are sold as purees? Whether canned or frozen, pureed wild blueberries are used around the world! They can be used as pure ingredients in a sorbet or ice cream, or to be used in cocktails or other drinks. Wild blueberry puree is incredibly useful, as well as being incredibly versatile. 

Juiced: 

As the heading suggests, juiced pure wild blueberries are great for drinking (did you know that wild blueberries have tannins that help prevent bladder and urinary tract infections?), being reduced into a syrup, drizzling over ice cream, or adding to sparkling water for a refreshing drink. In Nova Scotia, one of the most well-known brands of wild blueberry juice is certainly Van Dyk’s Pure Wild Blueberry Juice

 

Powdered: 

Wait, what? Yes, it’s true – you can get pure wild blueberries in a powdered form! This is incredibly handy for baking, mixes, adding to smoothies, and much more! It holds every bit of the tart and refreshing flavour that we love from the wild blueberry, while allowing for us to enjoy them in a very different way! 

 

Dried:

Most of us have heard of dried grapes (raisins), cranberries (craisins) and so on. But have you heard of dried blueberries? There are typically two different forms of dried blueberries – chewy and crunchy! Next time you’re looking for something to nibble on, ditch the chips and go for some crunchy dried wild blueberries instead! 

 

Canned:

Of course, we would be remiss if we failed to mention canned wild blueberries. It’s a great way to preserve them, ensuring you can enjoy them all year long. Canning them in water, a light syrup or even pickling them (yes, it’s true! Here’s a recipe on how to make fridge pickle wild blueberries) allows for a longer shelf life, as well as creating some variety in ways to use your wild blueberries!

 

 

As you can see, these powerful little superfruits can be enjoyed in many different ways and in every season. Why not try some of the different ways to enjoy wild blueberries today? You never know – you may find a new favourite! 

Choco-Cherry-Berry Smoothie

 

Choco-Cherry-Berry Smoothie

Sara MacIsaac
A delicious start to your day can be found right here. While sweet, there is no added sugar to this antioxidant-rich breakfast!
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen plums
  • 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries (ie. blackberries, currants, raspberries)
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 cup milk (cow, goat, soy, coconut)

Optional add-ins

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1 serving protein powder
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp ground flax

Instructions
 

  • Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender, blend until smooth, and enjoy!
Keyword blueberry smoothie, breakfast, healthy eats, smoothie