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Visiting a u-pick apple orchard is a great way to spend time with friends and family during Fall, all while getting your hands on some delicious fruit grown right here at Rulfs!

Apples

Here at Rulfs Orchard we grow Macintosh apples for u-pick. The season of pick your own apples starts around early/mid September and lasts until the first weekend in October.

Our official pick your own apple hours are 10AM-4PM on weekends - but if you visit us during the week, we’ll happily let you pick then, too!

Planning a visit but not sure if our u-pick apple orchards are open? If in doubt it’s always best to check here, our Facebook page, or give us a call in the store to get the latest news on availability and conditions.

How to u-pick apples at Rulfs
Once the orchards are open, please come instore to pay during the week, and to the booth inside our new greenhouse on the weekends. Then you’re welcome to make your way to the orchard to pick your apples.

Prices
Pick your own apples are $8.00 per peck.
Pre-picked apples in store are $9.00 per peck.
1 peck weighs between 10 and 14 lbs.

Apple picking tips
Apples are one of the easiest fruits to pick!

  1. Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples on the outside of the tree will ripen first.
  2. Look for firm, bruise-free apples.
  3. Tip the apple and roll the it upwards off the branch, while giving it a little twist.
  4. Try to keep the apple stems attached as you pick, as the apples will keep longer.
  5. If the apple you are trying to pick drops from the tree (or other apples do) it’s okay to pick it up - but remember to wash them before you eat them!

Apple storage tips

  1. Don’t throw your picked apples into the container you’re using. Place them in gently or they will bruise.
  2. Wash just before using/eating them. Washing too soon will encourage spoiling.
  3. Keep apples cool to increase their shelf life. A cool basement or the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator is ideal.

 

Apple Pie Recipe
Here's a great Apple Pie recipe from Betty Crocker - a recipe our very own pies have evolved from. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:
Pastry:
2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening
4 to 6 tablespoons cold water

Filling:
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup Gold Medal all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples (8 medium)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In medium bowl, mix 2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).
  2. Gather pastry into a ball. Divide in half; shape into 2 flattened rounds on lightly floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable. This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky. If refrigerated longer, let pastry soften slightly before rolling.
  3. Heat oven to 425°F. With floured rolling pin, roll one pastry round into round 2 inches larger than upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side.
  4. In large bowl, mix sugar, 1/4 cup flour, the cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir in apples until well mixed. Spoon into pastry-lined pie plate. Cut butter into small pieces; sprinkle over filling. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1/2 inch from rim of plate.
  5. Roll other round of pastry into 10-inch round. Fold into fourths and cut slits so steam can escape. Unfold top pastry over filling; trim overhanging edge 1 inch from rim of plate. Fold and roll top edge under lower edge, pressing on rim to seal; flute as desired. Cover edge with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning.
  6. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust, removing foil for last 15 minutes of baking. Serve warm if desired.

PREP TIME:
45mins
Total Time: 2hours 20mins
Servings: 8

We can’t wait to see you for apple picking at Rulfs! If you have questions, give us a call...

Call: 518-643-8636

U-Pick Pumpkins


Visiting a u-pick pumpkin patch is a great way to spend time with friends and family during Fall!

Pumpkins

The season of u-pick pumpkins starts around the third weekend of September and lasts until Halloween. Rides run every weekend and also on Columbus Day!

Our pick your own pumpkin/wagon ride hours are 10AM-4PM on weekends, and on weekdays by appointment only.

Planning a visit but not sure if our pumpkin fields are open? If in doubt it’s always best to check here, our Facebook page, or give us a call in the store to get the latest news on availability and conditions.

How to u-pick pumpkins at Rulfs
Once the fields are open, we’ll have staff in our new greenhouse every weekend, selling tickets for the ride down to the pumpkin patch. (The new greenhouse is located right next to the main building).

Alternatively, we always have pre-picked pumpkins available to you on the lawn to the left of the store, or in the new greenhouse.

Prices
Pick your own pumpkins are $8.00 (price includes wagon ride down to the field and back) Pre-picked pumpkins are $.50 a lb or $8.00 per pumpkin for the really big ones!

Pumpkin picking tips

  1. Look for the ripe ones! Ripe pumpkins have a deep-solid color and hard rind.
  2. Found the one you want? Cut the pumpkin from the vine, leaving 3 - 4 inches of the stem attached. Pumpkins without stems do not store well!

Pumkin storage tips

  1. Store in a cool, dry area (50 to 55F).

Other Activities

Fall is one of our favorite seasons here, and we have lots to do at Rulfs during pumpkin picking time!

Apple picking generally lasts until the first weekend in October, so why not visit us early and grab some delicious apples from our orchard or in-store, too. Additionally, we have our Petting Zoo, Play Area and Corn Maze!

We can’t wait to see you for pumpkin picking at Rulfs! If you have questions, give us a call...

Call: 518-643-8636

U-Pick Blueberries


Visiting a berry picking farm is a fun way to spend time with family and friends, all while getting your hands on some delicious fruit grown right here at Rulfs!

Blueberries

The season of pick your own blueberries starts around late July and lasts as long as the berries do, usually into August. U pick blueberry season is short, so bear this in mind when planning a visit to us.

During July our field hours are 7AM-5PM and in August they run 7AM-3PM as the season winds down.

As for all pick-your-own, we advise coming to our berry fields as soon you can after we announce they are open. Not sure how to find out? If in doubt it’s always best to check here, our Facebook page, or give us a call in the store to get the latest news on availability and conditions.

How to u-pick blueberries at Rulfs
Once fields are open, you are welcome to go straight there on your visit. They are staffed by Rulfs employees who can weigh your containers, take payment and answer any questions you may have.

If you’re not sure where our blueberry pick your own fields are, stop by our store first and pick up a map!

Prices
Pick your own blueberries are $4.50 per lb.
Fresh in store blueberries are $5.00 per pint.

Berry picking tips

  1. Look for plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color (a berry with a hint of red isn't fully ripened, and white/green colored blueberries will not ripen after being picked).
  2. Blueberries hang in bunches, like grapes do. Hold a bucket under them and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and rub them gently with your fingers. Ripe berries will drop into your bucket while unripe ones will stay attached to the bush!

Berry storage tips

  1. Do not place freshly picked berries in a closed bag or container - especially if they are still warm from the sun. Leave the container open on your journey home so moisture doesn't form on the berries.
  2. Do not wash berries until just before using them. They will become mushy quickly if washed and left!
  3. Chill berries to increase their shelf life. Store in the refrigerator as soon as possible (without washing them!) in a covered bowl or container. Freshly-picked blueberries can keep 10 to 14 days if refrigerated.
  4. Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed in cold water and drained just before using or serving.

 

Simple Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

INGREDIENTS
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/4 cups Original Bisquick mix
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk
3 cups fresh blueberries

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour melted butter into 8 or 9-inch square baking dish.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together Bisquick mix, sugar, and milk; pour over melted butter.
  3. Sprinkle blueberries evenly over Bisquick batter. Bake 42 to 47 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Recipe from: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/blueberry-cobbler/

We can’t wait to see you for blueberry picking at Rulfs! If you have questions, give us a call...

Call: 518-643-8636

U-Pick Strawberries

Visiting a berry picking farm is a fun way to spend time with family and friends, all while getting your hands on some delicious fruit grown right here at Rulfs!

Strawberries

The season of pick your own strawberries generally starts around late June and lasts as long as the berries do! Mother Nature is the one in charge, however, so the weather can always change and keep us on our toes! A warm winter for example, can make strawberries ready earlier than normal, and a very rainy spring can push the harvest back, as the berries need lots of sun to ripen.

For the best u-pick strawberries, we advise coming to our fields as soon you can after we announce they are open. Not sure how to find out? If in doubt it’s always best to check here, our Facebook page, or give us a call in the store to get the latest news on availability and conditions.

How to u-pick strawberries at Rulfs
Our strawberry fields are open and staffed 7AM-6PM during strawberry season. Our staff can weigh your containers, take payment and they’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

Berry picking tips
How you plan to use your freshly picked strawberries can influence the best time of day that you should visit us, too. Want to eat them or use them right away? Great! Pick any time of day! If they are likely not to be used for a couple days, however, you should considering picking during the cooler part of the morning or on cloudy days. Remember: picking strawberries on hot, sunny days will result in them softening/spoiling quicker.

Whether you’re a first time visitor to pick your own, or a seasoned u-picker, here are some guidelines on how to best get that berry off the plant and into your hand:

  1. Hold the stem of the strawberry between your thumbnail and index finger at about half an inch above the berry, while holding the fruit in your palm.
  2. Sever the stem with pressure from your thumbnail while gently twisting the stem.
  3. Allow strawberry to roll down into your palm.
  4. Repeat step three until both hands are full of strawberries!
  5. Gently place your handfuls of picked strawberries into your chosen container. Don’t press the strawberries or heap them over five inches.

We can’t wait to see you for strawberry picking! If you have questions, give us a call...

Call: 518-643-8636