St. John Valley

Raspberry harvest has a sweet start

WALLAGRASS, Maine — Melford and Betty Pelletier are harvesting raspberries this time of year at their home in Wallagrass.

This year, the Pelletiers began harvesting at the end of July, which was about a week early, they said. Normally, they will harvest raspberries throughout the month of August. The couple started the raspberry patch more than 30 years ago. Pelletier said he trims back or cuts down the stalks that bear fruit each year, which prompts the other plants to produce the following year. The plants also send out runners, which sprout from the ground, allowing the bush to spread, if unchecked. The couple often gives away such runners to neighbors and friends. “Three of our neighbors are well on their way to having their own plots,” Betty Pelletier said. The Pelletiers give away much of their berry harvest, but do keep some in their freezer throughout the winter. They will use them to make jams and pies, or put them on morning cereal. “We make an assortment of goodies,” she said.  

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