The twisting, uphill road to Molly Sholes’s Spruce Mountain Blueberries farm near West Rockport, Maine, ends abruptly, making way for a dirt road that appears to lead to nowhere. But if you keep going a little farther, you’ll come upon a beautiful old yellow farmhouse perched atop a hill overlooking nearly forty acres of blueberry fields. You’ll also see a curious Calderesque blueberry statue in the front yard and a couple of pickup trucks with “chutney” license plates. These are the unmistakable signs that you’ve arrived.
When I visited the farm on a warm, sunny August morning, Molly and her business partner, Paulette Martin, were busy making Spruce Mountain Blueberries’ signature blueberry chutney in the farm’s kitchen. The chutney is both sweet and tart and deliciously spiced with ginger and garam masala, an Indian blend of ground and toasted spices.