Since 1952
Since 1952

U-Pick Blueberries

Closed for the season

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!

The season of pick your own blueberries starts around mid to late July, lasting as long as the berries do, usually into August. U pick blueberry season only lasts approximately 4-6 weeks, so bear this in mind when planning a visit to us!

During July our field hours are 7AM-6PM and in August they run 7AM-3PM as the season winds down.

If you would like to pick after 3PM, please call ahead on (518) 643-8636 and let us know. Containers will have to be weighed in the store before you go to the fields. 

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.

Please respect the Rulfs property, our employees, and the rules for u-pick - we want everyone to enjoy their berry picking experience with us! 

Note: To protect the integrity of the food we grow, please leave your dogs at home when planning to berry pick at Rulfs.

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!

Price

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

Blueberry 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!

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.

Ten Minute Blueberry Crisp Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 cups fresh blueberries, freshly rinsed
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) real butter, plus more for greasing baking dish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using softened butter, grease a 13x9" baking dish; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss blueberries with sugar, cornstarch, 2 tablespoons of flour, lemon juice, water, and vanilla until the blueberries are well coated.
  3. Spread blueberries into prepared baking dish.
  4. In a medium bowl, blend 1 1/2 cups flour, salt, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  5. Melt butter in microwave, then pour melted butter into oat mixture. Mix well.
  6. Use your fingers to crumble oat mixture over top of blueberries. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until mixture is bubbly and topping is golden brown.
  7. Let cool for at least 30 minutes; serve warm with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Recipe from: https://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2014/05/14/ten-minute-blueberry-crisp/

We can’t wait to see you for blueberry picking at Rulfs! If you have questions, give us a call... 518-643-8636