June is Blueberry Month
Our U-Pick Blueberry patch is NOW OPEN daily, weather and crop permitting.
Open – Weekdays + Saturdays
The patch is subject to change based on weather conditions and crop care.
Varieties include: Eariblue, Bluecrop and Jersey
Blueberry Picking Preparation, Tips & Etiquette:
- To begin, please come find a Fifer staff person inside our Country Store for daily picking instructions.
- Containers are provided for your convenience.
- After receiving your container and instructions, follow the U-Pick blueberry signs out to the patch. Please do not stray out from the designate picking areas. This is a working farm with equipment such as tractors, trucks and forklifts operating on the other side of the fences. Please heed the DO NOT ENTER signage for your safety and ours.
- Only pick in rows that are marked with orange cones. Orange cones indicate where the best picking is located.
How To Pick
Ripe blueberries are plump, deeply blue colored and tinged with a powdery/chalky complexion.
- Pick only the ripe berries and leave the green berries to ripen for a later day. Green berries will not ripen after picking.
- Ripe berries should release easily from the bush.
- Size is not an important characteristic. Small blueberries taste just as good, if not better, than large berries. Again, color is the most important quality to look for.
- The best berry picking is usually on the far end of the patch where fewer pickers venture. A little extra walking is usually worth the effort for easy, prime picking.
- All produce should be washed before eating at home. Please do not consume blueberries in the field.
- Do not overfill your containers to where berries are falling on the ground. The weight of overfilled containers crushes the berries at the bottom. A level-filled container is best. You can always get additional containers if needed.
- Children must be under adult supervision at all times.
- When you get home…cool your berries down as soon as possible after picking.
- Do not wash blueberries until right before you are ready to eat them.
- Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. It’s always best to wear comfortable closed toed shoes. Sandals and flip flops are not recommended in the patch.
- No pets allowed in the strawberry patch per food safety guidelines
- We work hard to keep Fifer Orchards clean and enjoyable. Please do not leave trash in the fields. Waste baskets are available for your convenience.
- Restrooms and hand sinks are available. Beverages are available for sale in our Country Store.
Do not wash blueberries prior to freezing. Place the berries in your freezer on a cookie sheet single layered. After frozen, move the berries into freezer tight containers or plastic bags and then place back in the freezer for long term storage. The berries are good for up to 1 year in the freezer. Great for smoothies!
Fun For The Whole Family
The Country Store is stocked with summer fruits and veggies, strawberries, fresh apple cider, apple butter, local honey, apple cider doughnuts, fresh baked pies, unique specialty foods & summer decor items.
Important Notes & Tips
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Comfortable, closed toed shoes are recommended on the farm.
Most Areas Are Stroller Friendly, However...
Most areas are stroller friendly. We are a working farm with some unpaved, uneven walking surfaces.
Restrooms Are Available
Restrooms are available for customer use.
Sunscreen Is Recommended
Sunscreen is recommended. The sun can be sneaky, even during cloudy days.
Children Under 12
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fifer’s is a non-smoking campus. This includes e-cigarettes. Thank you.
We love pets, however…unless you have a service animal, please leave your pets at home when attending our festivals, experiencing our U-Pick crops and shopping at our Country Store. Food, children, and strange animals just don’t mix and Health Department regulations prohibit pets on our farm grounds. Thank you for your understanding.
***Please be aware that participation in all activities is entirely at your own risk.***
Other U-Pick Experiences
There’s fun for all ages! Enjoy the most of what the seasons have to offer.
U-Pick Strawberries is now closed. Will reopen May 2020.
U-Pick Sunflowers Available Now!
Limited Time Only
U-pick peaches is a limited time only event on Saturday, Aug 10, 2019.
We will re-open u-pick Apples in the Fall. We are looking forward to a great harvest.