Where to Pick Blueberries in & around Syracuse this Summer
August 4, 2023
If you’re like most people, there is nothing better than fresh picked fruit in the summer. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries… Plenty of berries to keep you satisfied until apple and pumpkin picking season in the fall. Luckily for us Central New Yorkers, there are plenty of farms offering u-pick berries. Here’s where to pick blueberries around Syracuse this summer.
This is just part 1 in today’s 3-part series of where to pick blueberries in Central New York. Stay tuned for more!
A few words of advice before you head to the fields. Most of the farms only accept cash, so be sure to visit the ATM before you visit the farm (or call to ask if they take card). Also, while most farmers love animals, please leave your dog at home for your blueberry picking adventures.
Where to Pick Blueberries around Syracuse
📍 3275 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville
Abbott Farms is one of the most popular family-friendly farms in Central New York, continuously hosting events and activities throughout the year. Blueberry season is no different! Rates start at $6 per quart, $20 for 4 quarts, and $40 for 8 quarts. Or you can grab a quart from the market for $6.99 (but it’s not as much fun.) When you are done picking strawberries, head over the the bar in the main building to enjoy some local adult beverages.
U-Pick hours at Abbott’s are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9am – 4pm; Friday & Saturday: 9am – 6pm; and Sunday 10am – 4pm.
This Saturday, August 5, Abbott’s is celebrating their Sunflower & Blueberry Festival. It’s the perfect time to visit. Pick your blueberries and snap your best sunflower selfies.
📍 3232 Rippleton Road, State Route 13 S, Cazenovia
Of all the agri-tourism spots in Central New York, the most popular year-round is arguably Critz Farms. That’s because they have really figured out their growing schedules to be able to capitalize on crops in every season. The farm has fresh maple syrup in the spring, berries in the summer, apples and pumpkins in the fall, and finally Christmas trees in the winter.
During blueberry season (mid July through mid-August), the fields are open for visitors from dawn until dusk. But, the season was unusually short this year. So while the 2023 blueberry picking season is technically over, they will re-open the fields this Saturday for their annual Blueberry Jam Festival. Plus, this is still great info to have available for next year!
📍 1482 W. Genesee Road, Baldwinsville
For years, Emmi Farms has been one of the most popular places for u-pick fruits and vegetables in Central New York. Blueberry season is now different. Visitors are invited into the fields to pick their own blueberries every July-August. Containers are provided and no personal containers are allowed in the fields. Berries are $4 per pint, $6 per quart, or $16 per bucket (4 quarts). Weather permitting, the fields are open Tuesday-Thursday: 9:30-5:30, Friday-Saturday: 8:30-5:30, and Sunday: 8:30-3:30.
Like Emmi’s, Reeves Farms is another popular spot for local produce. Both for pick-your-own and pre-picked, as well as for stocking the local grocery stores. For over a century. Pick-you-own is currently open for their fields of organic blueberries. Visitors can go into the fields or stop by for a pre-picked pack of berries every day of the week. Reeves’ hours are Monday-Saturday: 10-6 and Sunday: 10-5.
What will you make with your fresh picked blueberries?
Will you start your day with some blueberry crepes, blueberry pancakes, or blueberry muffins? Maybe you’ll enjoy some blueberry tea or blueberry smoothies throughout the day. Perhaps a blueberry cocktail? Pork chops with a blueberry glaze? Or will you go the dessert route with some blueberry pie, blueberry crisp, blueberry crumble, blueberry cobbler, blueberry cake, blueberry cookies, blueberry parfaits, blueberry tarts, blueberry donuts, blueberry ice cream…? There truly are endless options.
PS – Just like blueberries are healthy for humans, they also provide great benefits for dogs. In moderation. Feel free to toss your pup a few blueberries to enjoy with you. My dogs love them!