The season for blueberries typically runs from early- to mid-July through August. Here are a few places around Rochester you can pick your own blueberries.
You can find U-Pick and farmers markets for the entire harvest season on our Locally Grown Produce harvest guide.
Information for each farm was updated June 19, 2021. Please check with a farm directly before you head out to make sure the crop is still available. Many farms do take multiple forms of payment, but we advise bringing cash just in case.
Blueberry Farms in Monroe County
1. Burch Farms
“Burch Farms is a local fruit grower in Hilton, NY. Crops are: Apples, Peaches, Nectarines, Strawberries, Cherries, Blueberries, and more.”
2. Green Acre Farms
Blueberries are available mid-July through late-August.
“Green Acres & West Wind Farms are family owned and operated farms specializing in pick-your-own fruit. We have two locations:
Green Acres: 3460 Latta Road, Rochester, NY 14612 (open July & August)
West Wind: 928 Manitou Road, Hilton, NY 14468 (open July through end of October)
“Fruit grown includes: Summer Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Apricots, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums, Prune Plums, Apples, Pumpkins, Fall Raspberries, Gooseberries, and Currants.*We are a separate business from the store located next to the farm.*
3. Raspberry Hill Farm
“Blueberry season runs from early July to late August.”
Blueberry Farms in the Greater Rochester Area
4. Whittier Fruit Farm
You’re not going crazy! Whittier Fruit Farm is located in Gates, but their U-Pick blueberry field is in Somerset.
“Our U-Pick blueberries are located along Lake Ontario in Niagara County. Blueberries season runs from mid-July to early September.”
5. G and S Orchards
“Blueberries are available late-June through late-September.
“We have 6 undulating acres in the beautiful country side overlooking the surrounding orchards.”
6. Hurd Orchards
“Blueberries are available July 4 – September 1.
“Hurd Orchards is a family owned fruit and flower farm and canning company nestled in the fertile lake plains of Western New York between the banks of the Erie Canal and the shores of Lake Ontario.”
7. Greg’s U-Pick Farm
“We pick blueberries here from about mid-July to mid-August. We therefore encourage you to come out early in the Blueberry season. Our first 3 weeks are our best! We pick blueberries by the pound, so bring your own bucket, bowls, or whatever you are comfortable picking in.”
8. Finger Lakes National Forest
Wild & free! Five acres are managed for blueberry production. Apples, raspberries, and other fruits are abundant in openings throughout the Forest.
Tips for when you pick your own blueberries
Thank you to pickyourown.org for these helpful tips!
- Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn’t fully ripened. 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 ripen after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to ripen).
- Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a bit like grapes do, thw 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.
- 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 berries 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.
- It takes about 4 cups of blueberries to make a pie.
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Find out which locally grown produce (fruits, vegetables, plants) are at their peak each month, and enjoy Rochester-area harvest festivals.
Where are your favorite spots to pick blueberries?
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