Blackberries for picking

Pick your own blackberries, U-pick blackberries, and blackberry picking near Utica, NY.

Our blackberry canes are loaded with sweet, juicy blackberries in August. Great for jam, cobblers, and baking. Organically grown and spray free!

Blackberry picking is for the more adventurous picker. For safety, you must wear long pants and sneakers or boots to protect your legs from the thorny canes. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed on the hill to pick blackberries. Tall canes make picking easy for adults, but young children can’t reach the berries.

Blackberry Picking Tips:
– Wear long pants and sneakers or boots (no sandals).
– Bring a hat and a drink if it’s warm out.
– Buckets work better for picking than bowls.
– A belt or strap to hold your bucket keeps your hands free to pick.

Blackberry Picking Hours:
Wednesday (8/14) 10am-12pm
Friday (8/16) 5-7pm
Saturday (8/17) 10am-1pm

Click for directions to the farm.

U-Pick Blackberry Conversions
1 pint = 2 cups = 12 oz = 3/4 pound
1 quart = 4 cups = 24 oz = 1 1/2 pounds
A quart of blackberries weighs about 1.5 pounds

U-pick blackberries
Plump, juicy blackberries
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U-pick blackberry bowl
A bucket of blackberries!

Blackberry Picking FAQs

When are you open for blackberry picking?

Our blackberries ripen in August. Picking hours through mid-August are posted on the berries page. Blackberries can be picked through the end of August by appointment. Contact us if you would like to schedule a time to come.

Do I need to bring my own containers?

You can bring your own containers or use our pint/quart containers. Buckets work best for blackberries. If you bring containers, get them weighed in the shop before picking so we can deduct the container weight at checkout.

Are children allowed to pick blackberries?

Due to the tall thorny nature of blackberries, children must be at least 10 years old to pick blackberries. Children of any age can pick raspberries and blueberries.

Will you pick blackberries for me?

We will pick small quantities of blackberries with advance notice during peak season. E-mail or call ahead, then pick up by appointment. Prepicked blackberries cost $4/pint. For large quantities, hire some friends or pick your own.

Are you open for blackberry picking if it’s wet or raining?

No, we close the blackberry patch if it is raining. Wait for a dry day or schedule an appointment to come when the weather is nice.

What should I wear to go blackberry picking?

You must wear long pants and sneakers or boots to pick blackberries (no sandals or shorts). A hat is recommended for sunny days.

Do I need to wash my blackberries?

Our blackberries are organically grown and spray-free. Washing berries is personal preference since there are no chemical residues. Personally, we usually don’t wash them since it crushes the berries. If you do wash them, wait until right before serving to keep them fresh.

How long do blackberries keep?

For maximum freshness, chill blackberries in the fridge as soon as possible after picking. Unwashed blackberries will keep in the fridge for a couple days. Freeze for longer storage. Frozen blackberries keep for up to 1 year.

How do I freeze blackberries?

Pick through berries to remove any leaves or stems. Pour into Ziploc freezer bags. Press out the air, seal, and freeze. We freeze our blackberries without washing. If you want to wash them, rinse the berries, then freeze in a single layer on cookie sheets. Transfer to freezer bags once frozen.

U-Pick Berry Info
Pick-your-own Raspberries
Pick-your-own Blueberries

Picked blackberries earlier tonight. Taste is sweet! Size is good. Need to pick more!” -Dottie

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