Where can I Pick Blueberries near Saratoga NY, Albany NY

July 7th, 2014 by

Blueberry Slide 3You pick Blueberry picking near Albany NY, You pick Blueberry picking near Saratoga NY at Liberty Ridge Farm.

Ah yes, that plump little berry with that sweet, yet tart, bursting flavor that takes over your mouth and has you yearning for more…..

July is National Blueberry Month, and it’s perfect blueberry picking time here in Upstate NY at Liberty Ridge Farm. Picking wild blueberries is a great way to enjoy being outdoors, and you get to take home lots of blueberries to eat. Did you know that blueberries are really good for you? The total antioxidant capacity of blueberries is twice that of spinach and 3 times that of oranges.

Fresh blueberries are in their prime from mid July through August. When picking, select berries that are firm dry, plump, smooth skinned and completely blue, with no hint of red. They’re often coated with a light white coating called “bloom” which actually helps prevent deterioration. Water on the fruit accelerates rotting, so don’t wash them until you are ready to use them. If you store your freshly picked berries in the refrigerator, unwashed and covered, they should last up to two weeks.

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush. At Liberty Ridge Farm you can bring your own bucket or we supply one for you:)  !

Blueberry Picking Capital Region,Schaghticoke Blueberry Picking, You pick Blueberries Capital District

June 28th, 2013 by

P1210217 Capital Region Blueberry recipes, Blueberry Picking recipes in the Capital District, Farm Markets with fresh berries in Capital Region.  How about a yummy Blueberry Stuffed French Toast recipe.  We have tons of new exciting home baked ideas that will warm your heart.  Some of these recipes are our own recipes, others are re-purposed because we just needed to share the delight :)

This one needs to be prepared the night before and refrigerated

overnight but it is well worth the wait.

12 slices thick bread

  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 c fresh blueberries
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/3 c real maple syrup (we sell this at the farm!)
  • 2 c milk
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 c water
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 1 T butter

Grease a 9 x 13 glass pan.

  1. Remove the crust from the bread and cube it.
  2. Put half the bread in the bottom of the pan.
  3. Distribute cream cheese over the top of the bread.
  4. Sprinkle 1 c of the blueberries over the cream cheese and then put remaining bread over berries.
  5. Beat eggs, maple syrup, and milk in bowl.  Add cinnamon and pour over bread.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  7. The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Place foil over dish and bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove foil and bake an additional 30 minutes.
  10. Prepare sauce: Mix 1 c water, 1 c sugar, 1 c blueberries, and 2 T cornstarch in pan and cook until thick.  Add remaining blueberries and 1 T butter.  Pour sauce over the top of cooked french toast.

Liberty Ridge Farm will be open for YOU PICK blueberries and Pre-Picked Berries on or about July 10th, Visit the farm market page on our website http://libertyridgefarmny.com/farm-market/  or call us for more details 518-664-1515

Pick your own Blueberry Tips Capital Region Albany, Pick your own berries Capital District

June 11th, 2013 by

P1210221The Liberty Ridge Farm Market promotes sustainability and community through our commitment to local food and agriculture.  Pick your own blueberries Begins the 2nd week of July from  7am -4pm daily.  

Our acres of  blueberry fields are located  near the farm market which is located next to the admissions building adjacent to the parking lot.

Liberty Ridge Farm Blueberry Picking comes with a few suggestions for maximum enjoyment

We want you to Protect yourself –You’re going to be standing out in the sun for a few hours, so bring water and wear a hat, plenty of sunscreen and clothes that you don’t mind getting a little stained with blueberry juice :)
We offer buckets but we suggest BYOB –Bring your own bucket. We provide buckets for picking, but you might want your own for transporting your berries home. It’s also handy to have a smaller bucket for picking and a larger bucket to empty it into when it gets too heavy.
Might not of heard of this before .BYOB2 –Bring your own belt. This advice is very useful, you might think it sounds a little strange.  Attaching your picking bucket to your belt keeps it in a convenient spot and lets you easily pick with both hands.
Stay put –Find a bush with plenty of ripe berries and stick with it until you’ve picked it clean. You’ll be amazed just how many berries are on one bush, you will save more energy for picking if you’re not moving around a lot, and you’ll leave other bushes in better condition for your fellow pickers.
Dont be afraid to Get in there –Many new pickers just pick the berries from the very front of the bush. We have found the best clusters of plump, ripe berries on the undersides of branches.
Please Be gentle –We have  found the best way to pick the berries was to roll the berries between my thumb and the palm of my hand, and the ripe ones would easily fall off.
MOST IMPORTANT HAVE FUN –Blueberry picking is a relaxing way to spend time with your kids or loved ones while choosing to eat healthy.  Blueberries have so many wonderful benefits, they are plump wholesome berries that are rated amongst the highest in Antioxidants.

Dont want to Pick Your Own – DON’T WORRY – Our farm has fresh picked berries for those who want to purchase berries but are not interested in Picking.

We hope to see you soon on the farm

Blueberries You-Pick or Farm Fresh Picked in the Capital Region not farm from anywhere at Liberty Ridge Farm

July 6th, 2012 by

Liberty Ridge Farm opens to the public for You Pick Blueberries and Farm Fresh Blueberries beginning July 5th, 2012.

Liberty Ridge Farm located in Schaghticoke, NY is not farm from anywhere in the Capital Region. When looking for a great summertime activity to do with friends or family, You pick blueberries involve picking farm fresh blueberries from the bush, picked berry by berry or sometimes by the handful the berries are an amazing way to eat healthy while learning valuable lessons about locally grown foods. Liberty Ridge Farm is now open to the public for Pick your own and Farm fresh picked berries the Farm Market counter.

Hours of operation:
Blueberry Picking Now Happening
Monday – Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM
$2.25 per pound. We supply containers to pick into and containers to take your berries home.

Liberty Ridge encourages families to bring their own containers or offers them containers to pick their own berries from the rows of blueberry bushes. During Farm market season the farm offers berries by the pint or by the pound at the Farm market Counter or offers containers for You-pick blueberries that are weighed after picking for purchase at the Farm Market counter.

Blueberries are easy to come by in the Capital Region of NY, just 20 Minutes from Saratoga, the rows of blueberry bushes are plentiful. You Pick Blueberry picking starts mid- July and runs through August when You pick Raspberry picking begins. The Raspberry season starts in August and goes until the first frost. Liberty Ridge Farm is one of many farms in the US who believe in local community , farm fresh growing and providing fun valuable agricultural lessons, this has become a staple of what the farm represents. Liberty Ridge Farm has seen an interesting trend in blueberry popularity as it has had a dramatic effect on increased consumption within the U.S. since 1997. The average U.S. adult consumption has grown from just under 13 ounces of blueberries that were consumer per year by an adult to nearly double that amount to 22 ounces consumed per adult per year. This upward trend of blueberry consumption within the U.S. has led to cultivation of blueberries on almost 100,000 acres of land in the U.S., and has moved blueberries to second place as the most commonly eaten berry in the U.S. (second only to strawberry).

Blueberry producers typically grow high-bush blueberries which is what you will find at Liberty Ridge Farm, this type of blueberry bush reaches five to six feet in height and can produce up to 15 pounds of fruit. The blueberries typically ripen in June and early July but this year we are seeing a peak in ripening the 2nd week of July. Liberty Ridge Farm blueberries are local, delicious, and considered by many families to be the ultimate snack berry and a nutritious part of their diet. The fruit is very high in antioxidant content (many dark berries are), and these antioxidants assist the body in combating such ailments as diabetes, high cholesterol, Alzheimer disease, glaucoma, cataracts, and certain cancers. It is even thought that Blueberries help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections, and can help combat the effects of aging.