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ELLSWORTH — October in Downeast Maine means vibrant red and orange blueberry fields such as this one off Branch Pond Road in Ellsworth. Lily Calderwood, University of Maine Extension wild blueberry specialist and assistant professor of horticulture, explained that wild blueberry plants are similar to deciduous trees in that they release chlorophyll in the fall when temperatures drop. “When the green from the chlorophyll comes out of the leaves, you have the red and orange color left behind,” Calderwood said.

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