Blueberry Picking

Blueberry Picking Season runs approximately from early July to mid August.  We grow over 15 varieties of blueberries on 8.5 acres, spreading our blueberry season over a month and a half. All our blueberry fields are protected with bird netting which allow us to properly ripen our fruit. Come out and enjoy summer on our farm!

The blueberry is one of only two uniquely American fruit, the cranberry being the other. Wild blueberries grow either in high bushes or close to the ground (low bush). Our berries are high bush berries with generally larger fruit due to careful pruning and watering.

Blueberries are at their sweetest when they are allowed to remain on the bush for about a week after turning blue. Therefore, be sure that the berries you pick are blue, and not purple! Once brought home, berries will keep about a week in a covered container. Wash before using, not before storing. Frozen berries are best if used within a year.

Blueberries are a good source of vitamins A and C, and have about 90 calories per cup.

Always check the Picking conditions page or call the picking information line (508) 393-6406 for up to date picking information before coming out to the farm.

Always check in at the PYO shed first to get picking locations and information. Please pick only in designated areas, which are carefully selected based on the ripening schedule of our fruit.

BLUEBERRY PICKING TIPS

It is important to remember that you are harvesting a food crop to feed to your family. Please practice good health and safe food practices before, during, and after harvest. Wear clean clothes, and wash your hands thoroughly after using the restrooms and before you go to the fields. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home. Dogs are not permitted on the farm due to many health regulations, please leave them at home where they are more comfortable than locked in your car. 

Health regulations discourage eating in the fields and Barnyard area. We provide picking containers for a fee or you may bring your own, have it weighed at our check-in before entering the field, and be sure it is clean. Dirty containers will not be permitted to be used for harvest.

  1. Use care to pick berries that are ripe and BLUE all the way around. Not purple or green, those berries are still ripening. The last place a blueberry ripens is at the stem. 
  2. Please pick one berry at a time, do not grab handfuls or rake berries off the bush
  3. Place your container under the bush to catch falling berries 
  4. Remember to look high, low, and deep in the bush for hidden berries.
  5. Pick ALL ripe berries from one bush (your assigned bush) before moving to a new one. It is very important to get a clean harvest when we pick. This ensures proper ripening for the next harvest, helps us manage our field rotation, and is crucial for our pest management control., and helps us to maintain social distancing.
  6. Keep strollers and wagons to the side of walk aisles. 
  7. Fruit storage tips- Separate large quantities of fruit into smaller containers. Refrigerate fruit. Use or freeze within 3-4 days for best quality 

See our Recipe Book for more handling, processing, and blueberry recipes!