For the safety of our community, how to upick blueberries at Rulfs is going to look very different this season. Please read on to find out what we are doing to protect you, and how you can help us.
Please PAY BEFORE YOU PICK. Areas will be blocked off to purchase containers and wait in line, with clearly marked 6 feet social distancing signage.
Masks will be required throughout Rulfs Orchard property, including while waiting in line to pay. This includes children aged 2 years and over. Masks are not required while picking unless you are within 6 feet of another customer.
Please wash/sanitize your hands before entering the field.
To help social distancing, we ask that you visit the fields in picking groups of six or less.
Picking containers will be provided. Please do not bring your own.
Please do not consume fruit or picnic in the fields while picking.
Cleaning and sanitizing will continue to be strict and regularly carried out. A wash station and sanitizer will be available for visitors.
On days where a high volume of visitors want to pick, you may be asked to wait in your car until field numbers decrease.
If you feel unwell, please stay home and do not visit the store or u-pick fields.
Please be aware that due to the number of different fields and ripening times of our fruit, some details may change day-to-day. If in doubt, ask a staff member.
We want to thank you in advance for your patience as we continue to find the best ways to serve you and keep our customers and staff safe during this difficult time. Ultimately, the safety of the community is our number one priority and we greatly appreciate your cooperation and understanding!
How to u-pick blueberries at Rulfs
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.
Our blueberry fields will be open and staffed 7AM-5PM during the season. Please park in the designated areas and make your way down to the fields as marked. Please PAY BEFORE PICKING. You will be given container/s, no need to bring your own.
If you’re not sure where our blueberry pick your own fields are, stop by our store first and pick up a map!
Pick your own blueberries as of 8/10 are $1 off a pint or quart. So $3/pint or $6/quart! Fresh in store blueberries are $5.00 per pint.
Blueberry picking tips
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).
Blueberries hang in bunches like grapes do. Hold your container under them and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and rub them gently with your fingers. Ripe berries will drop into your container while unripe ones will stay attached to the bush!
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.
Do not wash berries until just before using them. They will become mushy quickly if washed and left!
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.
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
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
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using softened butter, grease a 13x9" baking dish; set aside.
In a large bowl, toss blueberries with sugar, cornstarch, 2 tablespoons of flour, lemon juice, water, and vanilla until the blueberries are well coated.
Spread blueberries into prepared baking dish.
In a medium bowl, blend 1 1/2 cups flour, salt, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Melt butter in microwave, then pour melted butter into oat mixture. Mix well.
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.
Let cool for at least 30 minutes; serve warm with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!