B'ville: Berry season is ripe for picking

The New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker kicked off the berry season in New York at Abbott Farm on Friday June 13.

Joining Hooker for the kick-off were Paul Baker, executive secretary for the New York State Berry Growers Association, Lysander Supervisor Barry Bullis, along with many Abbott employees including Mr. and Mrs. Abbott themselves.

The strawberry season typically starts in the beginning of June and lasts through mid-July. Raspberries are typically ready to pick in July. Following the raspberries are blueberries which normally are ready at the end of July and throughout the month of August.

Abbott Farms recently made the transition from grain and apple operations, to u-pick berries, which include strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.

"With the arrival of the berries comes the arrival of summer," Hooker said. "The season is well on its way and we expect this season to be a great one for berries, so don't miss out and visit a local berry patch this summer."

Some local farms in the area that offer u-pick fruits are Reeves Farms open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Reeves offers u-pick strawberries and blueberries. Hahn Farms on Dunham Road is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Hencle's Berry Patch on Perry Road is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hencle's Berry Patch offers strawberries and raspberries. Hafner's U-Pick of Baldwinsville is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday. The berry patch is closed on Saturdays.

According to Hafners u-pick line (638-4033), the strawberries should be peak at the end of this week. Always make sure to call ahead to check on the conditions and the availability of the berries.

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