Move your blueberries to a shady spot when your bucket gets full.

How to Rake Blueberries

by Nicole Vulcan

If you've ever bought blueberries in the grocery store, then you know that having your own patch of wild blueberries is a financial boon indeed. Wild blueberries, which are the Maine state berry, are not only delicious, but also worth a pretty penny. Whether you're planning to harvest a crop for your family to enjoy or you plan to set up your own mini farmer's market to sell them, the way to harvest wild, low-lying blueberries by hand is to use a "rake." This small piece of equipment can help you get the berries off the bush without harming them.

Grasp one handle of the rake in each hand, with the tines of the rake facing away from you. A blueberry rake looks like a wide, shallow scoop with tines along the edge.

Bend at the knees -- instead of bending at the waist -- and tip the tines of the rake toward the top layer of the blueberry bush, just beneath a layer of berries. Don't go too low; that will cause you to get leaves and debris in your rake, along with the blueberries.

Press forward a few inches and then tip the tines of the rake upward gently and slowly, essentially "grabbing" some berries with the rake tines.

Pull the rake away from the bush completely.

Tip the tines back down toward the bush again, repeating the process of "grabbing" berries.

Remove any grass, leaves or debris that have accumulated on the rake by pulling them out gently with one hand.

Dump your berries into a bucket -- which you should have nearby -- when you have a few handfuls of berries on your rake.

Items you will need

  • Blueberry rake
  • Bucket


  • Don't "grab" too many berries before dumping them in your bucket or you'll risk crushing the blueberries -- unless of course, you plan you use them for blueberry jam.
  • The blueberry rake is used for low-lying blueberries, not the bush varieties.

About the Author

Nicole Vulcan has been a journalist since 1997, covering parenting and fitness for The Oregonian, careers for CareerAddict, and travel, gardening and fitness for Black Hills Woman and other publications. Vulcan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from the University of Minnesota. She's also a lifelong athlete and is pursuing certification as a personal trainer.

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