We are a 5th generation family owned and operated blueberry farm located in Roque Bluffs. Along the shores of Englishmen’s Bay in Downeast Maine. Currently managed by Wayne Hanscom and his daughter, Lisa.
Frank and Mary Welch moved here on their wedding day in 1912. They bought the homestead from the Thompson family, who bought the land from the State of Massachusetts. Two months after moving in, the house burned from a chimney fire. Frank rebuilt the family house while he and his wife lived in a small room located in the nearby woodshed. The Western style barn located on the property was built in the early 1800s by the Thompsons. Frank and Mary worked the farm. He milked 25 head of cattle by hand and raised 400 head of sheep. He tirelessly cut the timber and cleared the fields to plant wheat, rye, and oats. Wild blueberries grow natively in Downeast Maine and continued to fill in the cleared fields to create the 80 acres now in production. Frank and Mary began to grow and harvest these amazing little blueberries to sell locally and shipped by train to the markets in Boston under their fresh product brand, Bluffs Point Blueberries.
Wayne and his sister, Margo was raised on the farm by their grandparents, Frank and Mary. At the feet of his grandfather, Wayne learned farming and blueberry production. At the age of 16, Wayne became the head of family and responsibly for the farm after the death of his grandfather. He soon made the decision to cut the number of cattle and to get rid of the sheep so he could focus on the wild blueberry production. In honor of his grandparents, he named the farm, Welch Farm.
Over the past several years, to help save the farm, Wayne’s daughter Lisa has added Guest cabins, Farm tours, and Maine Wild blueberry products.