Josh Pond sits near the northeast coast of Maine, one of the last places in North America where the wild blueberry flourishes. Unlike its cultivated off-shoot, this low-bush variety can't be planted. With the help of bees, its underground runners carry it across the rugged landscape.
Farmers in this region have gathered these delicious sapphires since before the Civil War, during which they were canned and distributed to Union soldiers. According to tradition, we do not use harvesters to pick our berries. Instead, we hand rake them in the dry summer afternoons to prevent bruising. The berries are brought directly from the fields to our processor where they are sorted and packaged.
We hope you'll try our berries, packed fresh during harvest season, and our jam, made according to a cherished Down East recipe.
Aside from fruit, we also produce aged cheese made from the milk of our beloved goats. Our goats live a blessed life: sleeping in a timber-framed barn, eating organic hay and playing on acres of healthy pasture. As a member of the Maine Cheese Guild, Josh Pond's cheeses are handmade in small batches in the tradition of artisan farmstead cheesemaking.
Certified Organic by MOFGA.
Nestled in Washington County Maine are miles and miles of wild growing blueberries. These berries share the ground with birch trees, pine forests, and farmers who care about the health of their soil.
Here is a region where slow and honest traditions still ring true: moss and lichen appear on every tree, and people pump gas before they pay. The low bush blueberry is one of the few wild and native foods existing, and each crop speaks of the distinctive, clean air of this county. Each field, each year, each harvest is unique, making every bowl of wild blueberries, rich with flavor and health.
Josh Pond Wild Blueberries are nurtured and guided by farmers who have been harvesting these wild berries for generations. With their knowledge and expertise, Josh Pond provides authentic and flavorful wild, organic blueberries to individuals and families all around the country.
Late in May, the blueberry bud blossoms, attracting a diverse spread of native pollinators. Over the summer, the berries take in whatever the season presents: sun, rain, wind, etc. When August comes around, we wait for the blueberry’s peak-ripeness to allow for the best-tasting and most nutritious berry. Every day in harvest season, after the morning dew dries and the sun lowers from its peak, the berries are raked by hand, in a gentle way to preserve its natural form. The next morning, they are sorted into their final boxes and are frozen within 24-hours of leaving the field. Our freshly-frozen blueberries ensure high-quality flavor and peak nutrition, and they retain the perfection of a berry on its bush. Soon after the fruit has been harvested, the fields turn crimson red, and the plants enter a year of rest, for rejuvenation and growth until the next year’s harvest.
Josh Pond is home to a herd of beautiful and spirited Swiss Alpine goats. Our goats live a blessed life: sleeping in a timber-framed barn, eating organic grain and hay, and having acres of healthy pasture and forest to spend their days. Every goat has a name, a unique personality, and the Josh Pond herdsmen know each one of them dearly. Our mission is to care for our goats with an organic and holistic approach, keeping their individual health, safety, and livelihood at the forefront of our husbandry practices.
It began in 2014, when a couple of Oberhasli goats came to live at Josh Pond, and today (2018) we have 12 milking does, and are raising 23 young does that will join our milking herd in the next few years. We became Maine's 4th certified organic goat herd in 2018, providing Josh Pond's cheesemaker with organic, healthy, and delicious milk to transform into aged cheeses.
The cheeses of Josh Pond are handmade in small batches in the tradition of artisan farmstead cheesemaking. During the summer months, we create an aged raw-milk, tomme from our organic goat's milk. This seasonalcheese breathes of the diverse pasture our goats graze on, and is named Down East Tomme, reflecting our down east home. During the winter, we let our goats rest, and we make a variety of aged cheeses with the certified organic cow milk from the nearby Tide Mill Farm.
Josh Pond is a member of the American Cheese Society and the Maine Cheese Guild.