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

Coming in September

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