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June 10, 2005

U-Pick Farms Offer an Abundance of Choice Fruits in Oswego County

OSWEGO COUNTY - Beginning with strawberries in June, u-pick farms offer an abundance of fresh fruit and berries throughout the summer months in Oswego County.

"Local residents can easily find a farm located nearby where they can pick fresh fruit. It's a fun and educational experience for the family to enjoy. Tourists often admire the abundance of fresh produce offered at local farms," said Christine Gray, Director of the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism.

In general strawberries are available in June; cherries in June and July; blueberries and blackberries in July and August, and raspberries July through October. Weather conditions may affect crops and business hours, and visitors are advised to call the farm ahead of time.

Following is a list of u-pick fields and orchards in Oswego County:

  • Apple Dale Orchards: Sweet and sour cherries. County Route 1, Mexico. Phone 963-3628. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (in season), call ahead.
  • Apple Grove: Blueberries. 5987 state Route 3, Mexico. Phone 963-7504. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
  • Behling Orchards: Raspberries and strawberries. 114 Potter Road, Mexico. Phone 963-7068. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
  • Davey-Joan's: Blueberries and strawberries. State Route 13, Williamstown. Phone 964-2214. Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • Dual Designs Landscaping and Garden Center: Blueberries. 2403 state Route 49, West Monroe. Phone 668-2130. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • Ferlito's Berry Patch: Strawberries. County Route 53, Broadway Road, Oswego. Phone 343-7159. Fields open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, mid-June to early July.
  • Fruit Valley Orchard: Sweet and sour cherries. 507 Bunker Hill Road, Oswego. Phone 342-3793. Call ahead for hours.
  • Godfrey's Last Stand, Inc.: Blueberries and strawberries. 1232 state Route 264, Phoenix. Phone 593-7291. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Grindstone Farm: Blueberries. 1456 county Route 28, Tinker Tavern Road, Pulaski. Phone 298-4139. Call ahead for hours.
  • Sage Creek Orchards: Blueberries. 139 Minckler Road, Mexico. Phone 963-3486. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Mid -July through October, open daily.
  • Stan's Berry Patch: Blueberries and black raspberries. 208 county Route 84, West Monroe. Phone 668-7159. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Here are some pointers when picking your favorite fruits:

  • Blueberries should easily come loose from the plant. It if takes pressure to pick them, the berries aren't fully ripe. A reddish ring around the indentation where the fruit is attached to the stem also indicates that the berry is not ripe. A fully ripe blueberry will be uniform in color. Cool blueberries as quickly as possible to about 35 degrees.
  • Cherries continue to increase in size until they are ripe. Cherries picked before they are fully mature will not ripen off the tree. Sweet cherries become firm when ripe, and sour cherries part easily from the stem. Cherries will keep longer if the stems are left attached.
  • Raspberries will separate easily from the plant when they are ripe. They should be placed and not dropped directly into the container. Once picked, they should be handled as little as possible and kept in the shade until thy can be placed in cool storage. The berries usually keep for a day or two.
  • Strawberries should be picked with the stem attached. Strawberries that are picked when they appear three-fourths red will develop with full color and flavor in one to two days at 70 degrees. Berries that are only half-red will seldom have the flavor, texture, or size of berries that are more mature when picked. The best time to pick the fruit is early in the morning when the berries are still cool. It's best to use the berries soon after picking.

For more information on picking your own fruit in Oswego County, contact Dena Fiacchino at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, phone 963-7286 or go to www.pickyourown.org.

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