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Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Western New York State 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!

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Cattaraugus County

  • Blueberry Meadows - follow organic methods, blueberries, restrooms
    1414 Rowe Avenue, Westons Mills, NY 14788. Phone: 716-373-2865. Open: 8:30 to 6:00 daily Monday through Satuday; We are closed Sundays to enjoy Church and family time. Directions: Located near Route 86 close to Olean, NY. We are across from Ashley Furniture along Rte 417, with the nearest crossroad being Haskell Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. 31">Blueberry Meadows - Crops are usually available in July, August. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Berries are large and plentiful this year with easy picking.
  • Burdick Blueberries Inc. - blueberries, flowers, tomatoes, porta-potties, picnic area you may bring your own food, school tours, group reservations
    8267 Thompson Road, Cattaruagus, NY 14719. Phone: (716) 257-9760. Email: burdickblueberries@gmail.com. Open: 8am to 8pm, Every day we have ripe berries, Mid - July into September; Call ahead or check our website or social media. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Burdick Blueberries Inc. Facebook page. . . Local raw honey and fresh Amish Burdick Blueberry pies sold at stand;. We use integrated pest management practices (IPM). (UPDATED: March 19, 2018) (ADDED: June 23, 2015)
  • Camps Blueberries - No pesticides are used, blueberries, U-pick and already picked
    67 Larkin Street, Randolph, NY 14772. Phone: (716) 358-6422. Email: hellington88@hotmail.com. Open: Call for current hours. Directions: Exit Interstate 86 at exit 16 in Randolph, head east on Main Street and turn right onto Larkin Street \(the 2nd right turn just before the railroad tracks\). Go up Larkin Street back over the Interstate. Our place is the 2nd house past the bridge over the interstate. There is parking just past our house. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Camps Blueberries . Exit Interstate 86 at exit 16 in Randolph, head east on Main Street and turn right onto Larkin Street (the 2nd right turn just before the railroad tracks). Go up Larkin Street back over the Interstate. Our place is the 2nd house past the bridge over the interstate. There is parking just past our house. Season usually runs from the 2nd week of July thru the 1st week of August;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. We have not been using any pesticides or herbicides on our berries. The varieties that we have been selected for flavor and size. We weed eat our fields to try to make picking easier and a more enjoyable experience. (ADDED: July 02, 2019)
  • Childs Blueberries - No pesticides are used, blueberries
    3207 Cooper Hill Road, Hinsdale, NY 14743. Phone: 716-557-2529. Email: ChildsBlueberryFarm@gmail.com. Open: 9 am to 7 pm from Wednesday to Sunday. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions, hours and a coupon for 10% off. Our fields are manicured like a lawn and clearly marked. The bushes are properly pruned and maintained. The view is beautiful and you can see all the way to the foothills of Appalachia from our highest hill in Humphrey farm. The price per pound is still $2.00 per pound. Rows 1-18 are dedicated solely for our "U-Pick" customers. There is a wide range of varieties from big to small berries. Each variety has a unique flavor and texture. Wander around and taste until you find just the variety you like best! Bring beverages, snacks, sunscreen, and containers to transport berries home, bug spray, any medications for bee stings or allergies. They may also have PYO raspberries; but I haven't confirmed it yet.2019 update: Price for UPICK is $2.75 per pound. UPICK will open 9 days later than normal due to the cold spring weather. We wait until there are enough berries ripe that you don't have to spin your wheels to get a bucket picked. OPENING is Friday, July 26th at 9 a.m.Thanks for understanding. Anytime in August should be gang buster picking! (UPDATED: July 18, 2019, JBS)
  • Crisafulli Blueberries - blueberries
    Maple Avenue, Allegany, NY 14706. Phone: . Click here for a map and directions. Monday to Sunday (daily), in season (typically June / July, but see our Facebook page for updates before coming), from 9 am to 6 pm. is a self service, pick-your-own blueberry patch. Our are natural and we don't spray or use artificial fertilizers. (UPDATED: July 18, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: May 13, 2015, JBS)
  • Eaton's Blueberries - blueberries
    1 mile up Ten Mile Road (Off 417), Kill Buck, NY 14748. Phone: . Open: U-Pick open Monday thru Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Click here for a map and directions.
  • Great Valley Berry Patch - blueberries, peas, raspberries (red), strawberries, U-pick and already picked
    5608 Humphrey Road, Great Valley, NY 14741. Phone: 716-945-5221. Email: gvberrypatch@gmail.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: See our website for best directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Strawberries: Mid June to early July, Peas: Late June to early July, Raspberries: July, Blueberries: Mid July to September.
  • Pepper's Blueberry Hill Farm - blueberries, U-pick and already picked, restrooms, picnic area
    3290 Bear Creek Road, Franklinville, NY 14737. Phone: 716-307-0903. Email: peppersblueberryhillfarm@yahoo.com. Open: Dawn to dusk; 7 days per week mid - July thru end of August. Directions: 50 miles south of Buffalo, on Route 16 turn right when you see the large "BLUEBERRIES" sign at the bottom of Bear Creek road in Franklinville. 30 miles north of Olean on route 16 turn left when you see the large "BLUEBERRIES" sign at the end of Bear Creek road in Franklinville. No pesticides or fertilizers; Self serve option if no one is available to verify you out, we run on the honor system; Have a playground for kids. Payment: Cash, Check. \(UPDATED: July 18, 2019, JBS\) Comments from a visitor on September 05, 2014: \Pepper\'s Bluebery Hill Farm U-pick is only $1 lb. Yes. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. that\'s one dollar! They are "

Chautauqua County

  • Abers Acres - follow organic methods - follow organic methods, U Pick red and black raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, peas and fava beans, beans, flowers, pumpkins, blueberries
    884 Route 394, Kennedy, NY 14747. Phone: 716-267-2431. Email: info@abersacres.com. Open: Strawberries start in late June. Click here for a map and directions. . . All of our home grown crops are grown chemical free using organic practices. For a memorable family day in the country or as a cost saving way to fill your freezer, you cant beat picking your own fresh produce at Abers Acres. Please be sure to review our picking procedures. All crops available for pick-your-own are also available to purchase fresh picked. (UPDATED: July 18, 2019, JBS)
  • Blueberry Hill Farm and Greenhouse - U-pick blueberries,
    10016 Allegany Road, South Dayton, NY 14138. Phone: 716-532-2920. Open: mid-July to late August. Click here for a map and directions. Also plants and flowers earlier from greenhouses.
  • Charles Carris Fruit Farm - blueberries, peaches
    10671 Carris Road, Ripley, NY 14775. Phone: 716-736-6844. Open: July 15 to September 1, from 8 am to 5 pm. Click here for a map and directions.
  • Erdle Farm - blueberries
    12229 Hanford Road, Silver Creek, NY 14136. Phone: 716-934-9599. Open: Everyday, 8 am to 8 pm usually the week after July 4th through Labor Day Payment: Cash, only. Directions: From Buffalo take I-90 to Exit 58, or head west on Routes 5 & 20 approx. 3 miles to intersection after Sunset Bay, take a left and proceed 1 mile, Erdle Farm is on the right. From Erie \(Fredonia, Dunkirk\): Take either Route 5 or 20 and head east towards Silver Creek, drive through Silver Creek where Routes 5 and 20 join. Proceed 34 of a mile and turn left away from the entrance to Hanford BayJ&N Car Wash. Travel 1 mile away from the Lake and Erdle Farm in on your right. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. From Buffalo take I-90 to Exit 58, or head west on Routes 5 & 20 approx. 3 miles to intersection after Sunset Bay, take a left and proceed 1 mile, is on the right. From Erie (Fredonia, Dunkirk): Take either Route 5 or 20 and head east towards Silver Creek, drive through Silver Creek where Routes 5 and 20 join. Proceed 3/4 of a mile and turn left away from the entrance to Hanford Bay/J&N Car Wash. Travel 1 mile away from the Lake and in on your right. Crops are usually available in July, August. We also sell honey made from the hives next to the !
  • The Blueberry Patch - follow organic methods, blueberries, broad beans, cucumbers, peas, other vegetables, Maple Syrup from trees on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    2918 Carpenter Pringle Road, Ashville, NY 14710. Phone: 716 782 4942. Email: Theblueberryman@mail.com. Open: Tuesday thru Sunday 8 Am to 8 Pm; may be closed at 6 Pm on Thursdays. Directions: For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    The Blueberry Patch Facebook page. . Tuesday thru Sunday 8 Am to 8 Pm; (may be closed at 6 Pm on Thursdays). Harvest usually starts the second week in July and runs thru August. We follow organic practices when ever possible. (Not yet certified). U PICK BLUEBERRYS:PER Pound (2019 price): $1.85. Buckets and bags provided for ease of picking. Feel free to bring your own containers but make sure to have them weighed when come to pick. (UPDATED: July 18, 2019, JBS) (UPDATED: July 05, 2011 )
  • Yerico Farms: The Taste of Summer - blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (black), strawberries, restrooms, picnic area
    3186 E. Main Rd, Dunkirk, NY 14048. Phone: 716-673-1271. Open: June - October: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 7pm; subject to change. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Yerico Farms: The Taste of Summer Facebook page. . June - October: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 7pm; (subject to change).

Erie County

  • Awald's Berry Farm - Blueberries, Raspberries, pumpkins, strawberries, Blackberries, Currants
    Gurney Avenue, North Collins, NY 14111. Phone: 716-337-2997. Email: AwaldsFarm@aol.com. Open: May, June, July, August, September, October. Directions: The farm is located about 32 miles southwest of Buffalo, NY and 14 miles from Hamburg, NY. Please click on the interactive map icon on the Awald website to get detailed directions. . Click here for a map and directions. . . Click here for a map to our farm. We are open Our hours are: Please call for more information Strawberries: end of May through mid-June Raspberries: Red Raspberries, Purple Raspberries, Golden Raspberries, Black Raspberries beginning second week of July Blueberries: begin July 4th through late August Blackberries: mid-July through beginning of August Pumpkins: seasonal A visit to our Pumpkin Patch has become a family tradition for many people in our local communities. In fact, several folks who visited our Pumpkin Patch as kids now bring their own children! Our U-Pick Farm serves as a stress free environment for a wholesome, enjoyable family outing in a country setting. Check out our seasonal information and get a jump on planning your next family outing! We also offer Pre-Pickedblueberries and raspberries for individuals, church groups, restaurants and caterers. Please call ahead to place your order! A visit to the Giant Pumpkin Patchto pick out that perfect Halloween Pumpkin is a tradition for many in our local community. In fact, many customers who visited our Giant Pumpkin Patch as kids now bring their own children, a tradition we are especially proud to be a part of.
  • Blueberry Treehouse Farm - ORGANIC, blueberries, U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1895 Davis Road, West Falls, NY 14170. Phone: 716-833-8733. Email: jyl@buffalotreehouse.com. Open: Opening Day is July 7th Hours: Monday thru Saturday 9 am to 6, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm Typically open into September but best to check first that late in the season. Directions: 240 South into West Falls located between the Dog Bar and the old Butterwood Desserts. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We practice organic growing, no pesticides or anything else is sprayed on or near the bushes or berries. Formerly called West Falls Blueberry Patch.(UPDATED: July 18, 2019, JBS)
  • Deibel's Farm - No pesticides are used, Blueberries
    Olden Road, West Falls, NY 14170. Phone: . Open: They are open until 8pm right now. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
  • Greg's U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, pumpkins, corn maze
    9270 Lapp Road, Clarence Center, NY 14032. Phone: 716-741-4239. Email: gregsupick@gmail.com. Open: see their website for current hours. Directions: Easily located off Transit Rd. in Clarence Center; . Click here for a map and directions. . click here for a map to the farm. U-Pick or Already Picked Strawberries are available Daily. (orders taken for large quantities) U-Pick Blueberries (mid July to late August), Call for Daily Picking Conditions. A family owned farm featuring over 12 acres of u-pick strawberries, 8 acres of u-pick blueberries, 1/2 acre blackberries and 2 acres of red raspberries. Our fall harvest includes a u-pick pumpkin patch and a corn "maize". Unlike many u-pick fruit operations, we WELCOME and ENCOURAGE children of ALL ages to come and experience the fun of u-pick!
  • Paul's Organic Farm - Registered naturally grown, apples, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, nectarines, other berries, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), raspberries (yellow), strawberries, Other fruit or veg, Honey from hives on the farm, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, school tours
    8213 Center Road, Holland, NY 14080. Phone: 786-348-8600. Open: July 1 to September 31, from 12 pm to 6, Friday 12 pm to 6, Saturday 8 am to 6, Sunday 12 pm to 6. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . Alternate Phone: 716-941-6905. We are registered naturally grown for all crops. Western New York's Only Sustainable Wind-Powered Organic Farm At in Colden, NY, you can Pick organic berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries), Pick organic fruit (apples, pears, peaches, plums, plum-cots, nectarines, apricots, paw-paw, cherries) Book an Educational Tour for your group, Read organic farming and aquaponics articles by Pauland even book a stay in our Guesthouse via Airbnb. (UPDATED: July 18, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: April 06, 2015)
  • South Hill Farms - No pesticides are used, blueberries,
    9419 South Hill Road PO Box 97, Colden, NY 14033. Phone: 716-941-5882. Email: contact@southhillfarm.com. Directions: Off Boston Colden Road between Route 240 and Route 391. Mid July through August; Call for . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 716-432-4485. . Mid-July to Mid-August, Monday-Friday 8 am to 6 pm; Saturday 8 am to 5 pm; Sunday 9 am to 4 pm, otther times by appointment, Weather permitting, We recommend calling ahead*. opening days and hours due to the weather.
  • Thorpe's Organic Family Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, peppers, raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, porta-potties are available
    12866 Route 78, East Aurora, NY 14052. Phone: 716-655-4486. Email: thorpesfarm@verizon.net. Open: Call for dates and availability. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Thorpe's Organic Family Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We grow over 300 varieties of fruits, vegetables, hay, and grain, all certified organic through NOFA-NY, in addition to organically fed poultry, beef, and pork. You can find our products in our farm store, open year-round, 6 days a week, and in our CSA shares.In 2019, if you have a fruit share, the price per lb. to pick is $2.00/lb. The 2019 price for non-fruit share members is $2.60/lb. (UPDATED: June 20, 2019, JBS)

Niagara County

  • Becker Farms - Apples, asparagus, blueberries, cherries, peas, pumpkins, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries, tomatoes, Precut Christmas trees, Santa appearances, Christmas decorations, trees tied, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze, haunted corn maze, and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, pony rides, petting zoo
    3724 Quaker Road, Gasport, NY 14067. Phone: 716-772-2211. Email: mindy@beckerfarms.com. Open: U-Pick Runs daily from 10 am to 5 pm; Picking Times and Dates are subject to change due to weather and availability of fruit. Directions: from Buffalo NY Take NYS 290 to NYS 990 to Millersport Highway. Take Millersport to Transit Road in Lockport. Follow Transit straight through Lockport until you hit Route 31. Take a right onto Route 31 and follow it about 7 miles to Gasport. Once in Gasport take a left onto east ave \(Gasport Road or Hartland Road They are considered the same road.\). go over the drawbridge in Gasport and take your first right onto Slayton Settlement Road Follow Slayton Settlement for one mile and take a left onto Quaker Road. Follow Quaker Road one mile. We are on the left hand side of the road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Fax: 716-772-7429. . Or email us via our form on our website. Please call for the most up to date picking conditions; Fall hours: 11 am to 6p.m. Winter hours: Weekends, noon to 5p.m. Spring hours: 11a.m-6p.m. Call ahead for exact picking dates. from Buffalo NY Take NYS 290 to NYS 990 to Millersport Highway. Take Millersport to Transit Road in Lockport. Follow Transit straight through Lockport until you hit Route 31. Take a right onto Route 31 and follow it about 7 miles to Gasport. Once in Gasport take a left onto east ave (Gasport Road or Hartland Road They are considered the same road.). go over the drawbridge in Gasport and take your first right onto Slayton Settlement Road Follow Slayton Settlement for one mile and take a left onto Quaker Road. Follow Quaker Road one mile. We are on the left hand side of the road. Click here for a map to our farm. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October, December. We also offer homemade fruit pies made from our own fruit, homemade fudge, gourmet cookies, ice cream, drinks and gift items. There are also several weekend festivals in June, July, September, and October. We offer several options for tour groups. also has a winery with over 15 different fruit and grape wines! Rest room facilities and a wheelchair ramp are available in our farm market. Reservations are required for the pie and coffee or hay ride activities. Reservations are not necessary to stop and shop, however if we know you are bringing a group, we can be sure to have extra help on hand to provide fast service. We are open every day from the second weekend in May through Christmas. We are always having special events. Check our Calendar for the latest! Remember to plan for autumn and evening hayrides and bonfires. invites you to experience Vizcarra Vineyards. Stop by and enjoy as we uncork our home-made wine. Relax in our Mediterranean-style tasting room, open seven days a week. (UPDATED: July 18, 2019, JBS)
  • Coulter Farms - raspberries (red), strawberries, blueberries, cherries, peas, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, farm market
    3871 North Ridge Road, Lockport, NY 24094. Phone: 716-434-5700. Email: coultfarms@aol.com. Open: See our Web Site for current hours. Directions: located in the upstate NY near the intersection of routes 93 and 425 in the Town of Cambria. We will also have U-Pick Strawberries at two other fields, one 4156 North Ridge Road and one on 4894 Ridge Road \(entrance from Budd Road\). . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . Alternate Phone: 716-433-8300. . located in the upstate NY near the intersection of routes 93 and 425 in the Town of Cambria. We will also have U-Pick Strawberries at two other fields, one 4156 North Ridge Road and one on 4894 Ridge Road (entrance from Budd Road). See Web site for updated harvest dates. We also have pre-picked strawberries, raspberries, sweet cherries, tomatoes, sweet corn, melons, cauliflower, squash, pumpkins, peaches, and peppers. We have tractor rides to strawberry field for the U-Picks. We grow a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for our Farm Market (at corner of routes 93 and 425), for wholesale and for U-Pick. Some of our main crops include strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, sweet cherries, peaches and melons. Our farm offers the opportunity to pick strawberries, peas, sweet cherries, raspberries and blueberries on our farms during their respective seasons. Our Farm market is open approximately June 1 through mid October. Our U-Pick Season is in June and July primarily for strawberries, peas, sweet cherries and raspberries. U-pick strawberries, raspberries, sweet cherries, peaches, tomatoes, vegetables, and pumpkins starting in June at our friendly u-pick farm just off Route 104, around the corner from Niagara wineries. Call our picking line for updates:. Relax by our 6-acre lake, walk our nature areas, or stop at our farm market at 3870 North Ridge Road, Lockport, NY 14094 - 1/4 mile west of Route 425. Farm market also selling peppers, squash, garlic, herbs and cut flowers Experience our CORN MAZE from September to Halloween at our fall market featuring a petting zoo, pumpkins, gourds, cider, apples, popcorn, cotton candy. Follow us on Facebook for a taste of life in wine country! Market phone 716-433-8300."(UPDATED: May 27, 2022)
  • Pipiles Farm - blueberries
    3370 Lockport-Olcott Road, Lockport, NY 14094. Phone: 716-778-7366. Open: June-August daily, from 10 am to 5 pm. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Price Family Farm - Uses integrated pest management practices, blueberries, blackberries, U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    4598 Porter Center Road, Lewiston, NY 14092. Phone: 716-830-1418. Email: loarfo@gmail.com. Open: Call for appointment. Directions: call for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. 58294 Price Family Farm - . my blueberry harvest is mid July thru the end of August. We use integrated pest management practices. The ONLY pyo crops offered are blueberries, blackberries. (UPDATED: June 12, 2024) (ADDED: June 20, 2023)
  • Whittier Fruit Farm - apples, blueberries, cherries, peaches, pumpkins
    7399 Lake Road, Appleton, NY 14008. Phone: 585-594-9054. Email: info@whittierfruitfarm.com. Open: See website for open dates and hours! Crops are usually available in July, August, September. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Click here for a map to our farm. To get to the blueberry field from the Rochester area, give yourself about an hour. Take route 390 north to the Lake Ontario State Parkway, and drive west until the parkway ends. Turn right (west) on Route 18 and continue for about 20 miles, half a mile beyond the power plant. Look for a sign on your right that says "Russell's U-Pick Blueberries." We have a ten acre patch of berries on Lake Ontario in Niagara County, near the Somerset power plant. Blueberry season runs from mid-July to early September. You can pick 32 varieties of apples on trees that are easy to pick - no ladders necessary! We are always planting new trees, so there are more and more choices each year. Picking time for sweet cherries usually starts late June or July and lasts for two weeks. Donut Peaches, These flat shaped sweet, sweet peaches are sometimes called peentos. Our blueberries are located along Lake Ontario in Niagara County. Blueberries season runs from mid-July to early September. Note; this farm also goes by the name, Russell's U-Pick Blueberry Patch. Apples - At the you can pick 32 varieties of apples on trees that are easy to pick - no ladders necessary! We are always planting new trees, so there are more and more choices each year. All apples are picked into containers we provide at no additional cost. Our PYO apples are sold by the pound. Check our News section to find out when apple varieties are being picked. we grow 32 varieties of apples: Paula Red, Zestar, Sansa, Ginger Gold, Jonamac, SweeTango, CrimsonCrisp, Gala, Twenty Ounce, AutumnCrisp, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Cortland, Sweet Sixteen, SnapDragon, Fireside, Empire, Fuji, Macoun, SnowSweet, Red Delicious, Fortune, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Topaz, Ida Red, Northern Spy, Crispin, RubyFrost, Suncrisp, Granny Smith, and Cameo.Sweet Cherries - Picking time for sweet cherries usually starts late June or July and lasts for two weeks. Check our News section for picking dates.Donut Peaches - These flat shaped sweet, sweet peaches are sometimes called peentos. They are usually available to pick for 2-3 weeks in August. Check our News section for picking dates.Blueberries - Our blueberries are located along Lake Ontario in Niagara County. Blueberries season runs from mid-July to early September. Check our Blueberries section for directions to the blueberry patch.Pumpkins - Our tractor and wagon will take you to the Pumpkin Patch on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Or you can pick one up at our farm market. Our pumpkins are sold by the pound. (formerly called Russell's U-Pick") (UPDATED: July 18, 2019, JBS)

 

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)