Family owned for 59 years.
- $2.00 per pound
- Cash or Check only
- 4 Varieties over 5 acres
- BYOP (Bring Your Own Pail!)
- Handicap friendly picking area
- Covered picnic tables
- In field pail-pickup available
- Service animals only please
- New! Alpaca apparel
PICKING HOURS ADVISORY
During the picking season our hours of operation change daily. Blueberries are dependent on the weather, and they thank you for your understanding! Check out our Facebook page for the most up-to-date notifications.
During the picking season will be have the Cranberry Building open to the public. Inside we are hosting a family yard sale. Please remember to stop in we have lots of fun things to sell!
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Not always was this little farm known for it’s blueberries. Rather it was well known for its cranberries, a cousin of the blueberry. It all started back around 1931 by a man named Peter Eskelin.. Peter, a tailor by trade, came from Lisa Lima, Finland and practiced his trade in Amherst, Ma. While visiting some friends in Ashburnham, Peter’s wife, who suffered from asthma, noticed that she could breathe easier here. Soon after they bought this farm and 140 acres.
Soon after, Peter found wild cranberries growing in his swamp and that was all it took for him to decide to build a 5 acre bog, by hand, with the help of two boys who needed work during the depression. Some 20 years later the bog was complete and producing 200 barrels of cranberries known as, Bluefield River Cranberries. Those berries were cleaned and packed in the red building that still stands in the front yard. Today the red building is the Odd Pine Farm Museum showcasing the farm over the past 60+ years. We welcome you to ask us for a peak! We love sharing with our customers the history of OPF.
In the mid 1950’s, Peter sold the farm to Heimo Rahnasto who in turn sold the farm and 4 acres to Oiva and Bertha Helenius on Oct. 19, 1959. It was Heimo’s wish to continue raising cranberries, but just one month, later on Nov. 16, 1959, the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare announced that a weed killer used in producing cranberries caused cancer. He did not mention that you had to eat 15,000 lbs. every day for several years to get it but it was enough to kill the cranberry business. Heimo soon after turned the bog into a pond.
Oiva and Bertha renamed the farm after a large, odd looking pine tree just over the hillside next to the house which has since fallen in a winter wind storm. At first, the farm was known to area campers for its fresh vegetables and eggs, but in the 1972 the Helenius’, who had already purchased additional land, decided to go into growing blueberries. Prepping the over grown fields began with planting following right behind. In the first few years the plants where too small for a U-Pick operation, the family picked them, and sold them in 10 lb. boxes for $10. Once the bushes grew a little bigger the fields were open to the public at a price of $.60 per pound.
On October 13,1994, Oiva & Bertha turned over the farm to Doug & Jo Ann Helenius who continue growing blueberries to this day. In addition to a U-Pick blueberry farm, 2017 addition included a small herd of Alpacas. All are welcome to see the Alpacas which reside up the hill just passed the blueberry field. New this year we will also be selling Alpaca products that have been made from the fiber of our 5 boys. We hope to continue to expand the alpaca herd and stud services this year!