ANSWER: There are many wonderful berry farms in Maine that offer fresh, tasty berries in season. However, Sun Spots made many inquiries and it seems that few, if any, reserve frozen blueberries for sale after the season is over.

If you’re open to traveling just a bit from the Rangely area, there is a farm market in New Auburn —   the 4 Season Farm Market —   that offers 5 lb boxes of Maine blueberries from local farms. They can be reached at (207) 212-0802.

Winters in Maine can feel long, and there is another option that just might pull you through the rest of this cold weather to the next blueberry harvest. Wyman’s of Maine is a brand of frozen Maine blueberry that is available at most grocery stores, including at the Rangeley IGA, as well as at Edmunds’ Market in Phillips.

Wyman’s operates out of Millbridge, Maine. Their blueberries are grown on more than 10,000 acres of their own barrens right in Millbridge and also in the fields of other Wyman’s growers in Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. You can read more and see a video of how they process their blueberries at their website www.wymans.com. 

Sun Spots is hoping our readers may know of other resources for finding Maine high-bush blueberries for sale during the off-season.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Before my husband and I relocated to the greater Lewiston-Auburn area from northern Maine, we used to frequent a hotel in Caribou to use its pool and hot tub facilities — the perfect way to relax after a long week of work. We have been unable to find a new place to do this since moving. Please help. Our aching backs and joints thank you. — No name in Mechanic Falls.

ANSWER: It seems many hotels now reserve the use of their pools, saunas, hot tubs and fitness facilities to their hotel guests. Sun Spots knows the Mollyocket Motel and Spa in Woodstock offers a year-round indoor pool, with sauna and hot tub, for as low as $7 per person and as high as $10 per person, depending on the number of visitors in your party. There is more information available on their website, http://www.mollyockettmotel.com/pool.html .

An alternative to hotel pools in the Lewiston-Auburn area is the YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston, located at 62 Turner Street in Auburn. They have a variety of rates. More information can be found by calling (207) 795-4095.

And, the YWCA of Central Maine on East Avenue also has a pool. For information, call (207) 795-4050.

Another option for a pool and hot tub experience is The Health Club and Spa located at 1977 Lisbon Road in Lewiston. They offer day and weekly passes, as well as monthly and annual memberships to use their facility. For more information, call (207) 777-1300.

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