ROCKPORT — Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites the public to participate in the 17th annual free blueberry pick held Saturday, August 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, August 4.
The Land Trust will once again open a portion of the 25-acre organic blueberry farm for a free community blueberry pick. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to welcome and orient people to areas open for picking.
Participants must bring their own containers and be prepared for a moderate walk up the hill to the picking fields. Raking is NOT permitted and due to health concerns, dogs are NOT allowed on the fields, so please leave dogs at home.
Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, bring a sunhat and plenty of water, and some people appreciate having a small folding camp stool.
Note that fields are only open to the public on this annual free pick date and only in designated pick areas. At all other times, the Land Trust requests that Preserve visitors stay off the fields, which are being managed and harvested as part of the organic farm operation.
Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport is a 295-acre conservation property, managed for the complementary purposes of maintaining its scenic beauty, historic value, grassland bird habitat, and organic blueberry production.
Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay. The Land Trust has protected more than 12,000 acres, offering 45 miles of trails for public recreation.