Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Eastern Shore of Maryland Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Caroline County

  • First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches,
    Denton, MD 21629, Denton, MD 21629. Phone: 410-310-3906. Email: coherrman@yahoo.com. Open: We open the 2nd week of June for blueberry picking and we are a family run U - Pick farm open from sunup to sundown every day of the week. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. First Fruits Berry Farm & Orchard . We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Blueberries, Blackberries,white peaches,free range chicken eggs,gazania flowers and fresh blueberry jam available!
  • Kings Berries - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    24029 Meadows Drive, Ridgely, MD 21660. Phone: (410) 490-8604. Email: jack@kingsberries.com. Open: Typical season is from Late June through August Wednesday through Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, from 9am to 1pm; Closed Sundays. Directions: Blueberry season is typically June 15 to Mid-August Blackberry season is typically early July to Early August Red Raspberry season is typically Mid-July to late August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Kings Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow Chester and Freedom varieties of Blackberries. The early ripening variety is Chester and they are a large berry with a sweet taste. The Freedom blackberry are a new variety and they are very large in size and very sweet. Both of these varieties are trailing thornless.. no stickers! (UPDATED: July 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: July 03, 2018)

Cecil County

  • Milburn Orchards - blueberries, cherries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries and apples
    1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: 410-398-1349. Email: info@milburnorchards.com. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 800-684-3000. . Click here for a map. They have cherries, blackberries, raspberries and apples for pick-your-own. 2019 update: New this season: We have implemented a new policy which requires a $5 prepayment per person ages 16-59. Upon arrival you will be given a wooden nickel in exchange for your $5 deposit. When you've finished picking, your berries will be weighed and the $5 deposit will be applied to your purchase and you will be charged for the remaining balance.No refunds will be issued for total charges less than $5.00.(UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS) A visitor writes: "They also have a market and in the fall they have craft shows, corn and hay mazes and pumpkins. There is also a petting zoo. It's a fun place to take the kids!"
  • Walnut Springs Farm - blueberries,
    3910 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. Phone: (410) 398-9150. Email: molly@strawberryfarm.com. Open: Daily picking hours vary based on conditions; Always closed on Sunday; Call our Picking Hotiline. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Blueberries - Mid June to mid July. We hope to see you for Blueberries in June 2020. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Blueberries only. (UPDATED: June 06, 2020)

Kent County

Queen Anne's County

  • Godfrey's Farm - blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, flowers, peaches, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    302 Leager Road, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Phone: 410-438-3509. Email: info@godfreysfarm.com. Open: every day from mid-April through Labor Day, Monday to Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm. Directions: Just east of Sudlersville at Route 300 and Leager Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard.
    Godfrey's Farm Facebook page. . Emai: . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. Located in Queen Anne's County on the eastern shore of Maryland, is an easy 45-minute drive from the Bay Bridge, or just 25 minutes from Dover DE. We are open growing and harvesting the best produce the Eastern Shore has to offer! Come out for a day of u-pick fun featuring the freshest and tastiest Maryland u-pick strawberries (Mid-May to Early June ), tart cherries (mid June), peaches (Late July-August , and blueberries (Mid-June to early August )! Our farm also has a beautiful field of pick-your-own flowers for hand-picked bouquets! (UPDATED: May 16, 2019, JBS)

Talbot County

  • Family Affair Farm - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    30091 Rabbit Hill Road, Easton, MD 21601. Phone: 410-310-1331. Email: familyaffairfarm@gmail.com. Open: daily during picking season see website for hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard.
    Family Affair Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 717-682-4857. . has u-pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & pumpkins when in season. Come & enjoy the 3-acre corn maze open fall weekends. U-pick Strawberries (May), Blueberries (June) & Blackberries (July) Pumpkin Patch (October), Fall Fun, Corn Maze & School Trips. (UPDATED: June 30, 2016)

Worcester County

  • Pablo's Bowls - blueberries, herbs or spices, strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, picnic area, farm animals
    8816 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811. Phone: (410) 973-2711. Open: May - October Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: Operating just outside of West Ocean City on Route 611 at 8816 Stephen Decatur highway The farm is 2.8 miles south of 50 in West Ocean City. We offer a wide variety of hydroponic vegetables, fruits and herbs. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used. 1 mile before Frontier Town between West OC and Assateague Island. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Pablo's Bowls Facebook page. . is a small, family-owned, organic and hydroponic farm located in Berlin, Maryland. We are committed to growing and featuring local foods and support local producers. We offer a wide variety of organic and hydroponic vegetables and fruits including our locally famous heirloom tomatoes, and feature farm fresh eggs from our free-range chickens. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used. Stop in for great produce, U-Pick strawberries and blueberries, and visit/feed the friendly goats and chickens! (UPDATED: June 07, 2019) (ADDED: January 26, 2016)

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

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