Free blueberry picking at Beech Hill this weekend

Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites public to participate in 11th annual free blueberry pick on August 4
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Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 9:00pm
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Berries and views abound at last year's free pick at Beech Hill Preserve. Coastal Mountains Land Trust is inviting the public to participate in the 11th annual free blueberry pick on August 4.

ROCKPORT — Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites the public to participate in the 11th annual free blueberry pick at Beech Hill Preserve on Sunday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Land Trust will open a portion of the 20-acre organic blueberry farm as a thank you to the community that supports and enjoys the Preserve. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to welcome and orient people to areas open for picking.

Participants should bring their own containers and be prepared for a moderate walk to the picking fields. Raking is not permitted and visitors are asked to leave dogs at home. Participants are also reminded that there is no parking or access to the Preserve from South Street.

Beech Nut, the historic stone hut on the summit, will be open to the public during the free pick from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the history and management of the hut and the Preserve from Land Trust volunteer docents.

Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport is a 295-acre conservation property, managed for the complimentary purposes of maintaining its scenic beauty, historic value, grassland bird habitat, and organic blueberry production. All funds generated by the commercial sale of Beech Hill blueberries directly support continued stewardship and maintenance of the Preserve. Visitors are thus reminded that fields are only open to the public on this annual free pick date and then only in designated pick areas. At all other times, the Land Trust requests that the visitors please stay off these fields, which are essential to the Preserve's future.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust works to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay region. The Land Trust has protected more than 9,100 acres since 1986. For more information, visit coastalmountains.org or call 236-7091.

Event Details:

Event Date: 
Sun, 08/04/2013 - 8:00am to 2:00pm
Event Location: 
Beech Hill Preserve
Address: 
Beech Hill Preserve
Rockport  Maine
Contact Phone: 
(207) 236-7091