Fiddlehead Orders Being Taken by Local Pickers

As the snow and ice recede, Aroostook County Fiddlehead pickers are starting to advertise their bounty for sale. Many fiddlehead vendors set up shop along North Main St. in Presque Isle. Some are even willing to ship to customers outside the area.

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Squadron of WWII C-47s to Stop in Presque Isle, Maine

A C-47 stops in Presque Isle, Maine on its way to Europe in 2014

The Presque Isle Air Museum announced that a squadron of around 10 C-47 transport aircraft will be flying over Presque Isle on Sunday, May 19 and then land at Presque Isle International Airport for a short layover.

The squadron of C-47s are making their way to France to take part in the 75th anniversary of D-Day. 

The squadron will land at Presque Isle International Airport at the General Aviation terminal, weather permitting, around 11:00 a.m. and stay on the ground for approximately two hours. 

The public is invited to be a part of this historic flight as it takes part in the D-Day festivities.  Parking for the event will be in the Coca-Cola plant lot at 1005 Airport Drive with Presque Isle Historical Society’s Molly the Trolley providing free shuttle rides across to the plane viewing area.

Sunset Ice Flow in Allagash

Ice flowing down the river under a blazing Easter Sunset. Photo Credit: Tylor Kellys Camps

There was a spectacular Easter Sunday sunset over most of Aroostook County, Maine last night. Up in the Allagash, the sunset turned the river a pink glow. Tylor Kellys Camps caught some ice chunks floating down the river during the show.

Sights and sounds of spring in the north country

Posted by Tylor Kellys Camps Allagash Maine on Sunday, April 21, 2019
River ice at sunset by Tylor Kellys Camps in Allagash, Maine

Fiddle-heading is a rite of passage in Aroostook County, marking the transition from harsh winters to the warm summer days ahead. As the snow and ice recede, locals take to river banks and other favorite places in search of the baby ferns. Pickers guard their favorite fiddleheading spots as tightly as their best fishing holes! Fiddleheads have a very short harvest season so pickers need to be on their toes and ready to go. Dream about warm Spring days ahead harvesting these green delicacies with our fiddlehead mugs, clothing and totes!

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Aroostook Photos – 4/17/2019


Artistic sunset on the Crystal Rd in Island Falls last night.
📸 Lawrence Hardy
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Tuesday night on the Aroostoock River in Presque Isle.
📸 Hazel Eye Photography
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Solid ice jam at Rum Rapids just below Crousville trestle last night

📷 Clayton Turner
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Commencement of an Ice Jam along Ft Kent, Me and Baker Brook, NB
📸 Chris Michaud

Video of the ice letting go in Fort Fairfield at 1:20pm this afternoon.📷 Carol Allen

Posted by Crown of Maine on Monday, April 15, 2019
Ice at the bridge in Fort Fairfield on the move
📸 Carol Allen
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Railroad tracks in Oakfield from last January
📷 Lawrence Hardy
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Recent Perham Sunset
📸 Rick Katie Michaud
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Fiddleheads: Maine’s Springtime Delicacy

By The Maine Office of Tourism

A good harvest of fiddleheads. Photo credit: Lovena West

Fiddlehead picking in Maine is a tradition that has its roots in Native American times. Many Mainers can recall the time-honored family tradition of fiddleheadin’ with their parents and grandparents, and it has become a cherished springtime ritual. The tradition of fiddleheads is so rooted in Maine culture that there is even an annual “Fiddlehead Foodie Fest” in May celebrating the delicacy with cooking contests and tastings by well-known local chefs.

Taking a boat to pick on area rivers is a popular choice. Photo credit: Lovena West

Fiddleheads are the coiled tips of young ostrich ferns that grow near brooks, rivers and lakes in Maine during late April, May and early June, depending on when the snow has melted. Because they need to be picked before they unfurl into the large fronds of the fern, Maine’s spring fiddlehead-picking season is short, only four to six weeks long. With their short growing season, this wild delicacy is a highly coveted sign of spring renewal.

Fiddleheads are delicious and have a woodsy taste like asparagus, spinach and mushrooms combined. They are high in vitamins A and C, rich with assorted minerals and low in calories. Whether you pick them yourself, or source them at a local market or farm stand—there are a few things you should know.

Fiddleheads ready for harvest. Photo Credit: Lovena West

When picking:

  • There is an unwritten rule about picking. Only two or three fiddleheads should be taken from each clump, leaving some on the plant to mature and reproduce.
  • Pick only enough for you and leave some for the next picker.
  • Make sure you have permission from the landowner to pick.

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When preparing:

  • It’s important to clean and cook fiddleheads properly.
  • Rub off the brown papery skin.
  • Wash thoroughly several times until the water runs clean.
  • Cook them thoroughly—at least 10 minutes. Undercooked or raw fiddleheads can make you sick.
Fiddlehead vendors line the street in Presque Isle each Spring selling their harvest.
Photo Credit: Lovena West

A traditional fiddlehead preparation is to boil and serve with a little butter and salt, but if you are lucky enough to visit Maine during the fiddlehead season, the “locavore” foodie movement in Maine takes on a whole new level of excitement in celebrating all of Maine’s finest springtime treats! With the ever-increasing popularity of farm-to-table cooking and a reliance on local products as much as possible, Maine chefs are taking the fiddlehead tradition to a whole new level. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has published a helpful fiddlehead fact sheet including many recipes, available here.

Allagash Canoe Trip

Aroostook County is the place for your summer adventure and there are few adventures that compare to canoeing and camping along the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Check out this excellent video showing some of the remarkable scenery you’ll experience on this trip.

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Moose along the Allagash water way.
Footage along the Allagash

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Aroostook motel owner says local shoppers, businesses should support each other

Contributed to The County.me by Steve Dobson owner of Aroostook Hospitality Inn located in Washburn and Van Buren

I own and operate two small mom and pop motels in The County, by the name of the Aroostook Hospitality Inn.

That was a great Crown and Down column Paula Brewer wrote about supporting local businesses, and I agree with everything said. However, the local business owners also need to understand they cannot scalp the local shoppers and tourists who shop here.

The Aroostook Hospitality Inn in Van Buren, Maine

Let me give you an example. I needed some toner for one of my laser printers. I had been buying my equipment from a local office supply store. When I went back to the store where I bought the printer, I told them what I needed. No problem, they had it in stock. When they brought it out to me the bill was $145. I thought that was a bit much but it was a local person so I paid it.

When I got back and opened it up, it was an Amazon product. I decided to check what the store paid for the product through Amazon. Much to my amazement, they paid $35 for the product, and it was shipped free.

I took it back and complained. This particular business said they had to make a living and they could not take it back because the package had been opened. Needless to say I have never returned to that particular business, and I tell everyone who happens to  ask what my experience has been with that business.

I believe that businesses can and will thrive in Aroostook County, if everyone would work together and treat people fair and honest. I believe that most businesses in The County are fair and honest, but it only takes a few to give everyone else a bad name.

Steve Dobson
Aroostook Hospitality Inn
Washburn
Van Buren

Van Buren Fire Drone Video

Some incredible aerial footage of the fire last week on Main St. in Van Buren captured via drone by their fire department.

Fire on Main St. in Van Buren via Drone by
Van Buren Fire Dept
72 main st fire

1 of 2 videos showing the near loss of other buildings…..I cannot Thank our mutual Aid Departmenst enough and our TEAMS of Fire fighters for the OUTSTANDING JOB that they did to save the nearby buildings!!Thank You, St.Leonard, Grand Isle, Limestone and Grand Falls!!Also – VB Water district for keep the water flowing in the hydrants and making sure we had enough water!!

Posted by Van Buren Fire Department on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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Aroostook Photos

Some photos from around the Crown of Maine over the last few days.

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This morning on Long Lake.
📸 Richard Marston
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Family stroll earlier today in Medway
📷 Jay Lundstrom
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Check out the Spring issue of Our Maine Street’s Aroostook Magazine. 
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Madawaska Lake awoke to a Winter Wonderland earlier this week
📸 Brenda Ketch
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Aroostook County people take Spring snow storms with a sense of humor!
📷 Josie Bouley St Germain
Sunrise earlier this week
📷Jeanne Deschaine Theriault
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Potato Harvest in the Saint John River Valley ,New Bunswick

Pickers filling baskets with potatoes in New Brunswick.

A slideshow of harvesting potatoes along the Saint John River Valley in New Brunswick. Like Maine, this area has a long history of farming potatoes and people working hard to get the crop in.

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For many years in Northern Maine, school would recess in the Fall and kids would spend long hard days working in the potato fields. Pick up potatoes, fill a basket, dump the basket in a barrel and repeat. When the barrel was full you earned $0.25. Repeat until sunset or longer. Many kids would use the money to buy school clothes or other necessities. Were you part of this tradition?

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