By Alicia Dziak
It’s the height of berry season in Western New York, which means time to stock up on all that fruity goodness. Besides the obvious tastiness of blueberries, these tiny, juicy morsels have the highest antioxidants of any fruit, and just one cup provides a good amount of fiber and vitamin C without packing in a lot of calories. While July is officially National Blueberry Month, there’s still plenty of time left in the season, and many berries are available to be picked locally through late August. Enjoy fresh berries now and get enough to can and freeze so you can enjoy the taste and health benefits all year round!
Here are some nearby places to check out for fresh berries:
Awald’s Berry Farm, at 10692 Walnut Ave., North Collins, offers blueberries, and red, black and purple raspberries in U-pick, ready-picked and frozen varieties. Visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AwaldFarms to see their current selection and pricing.
The Berry Bush, at 2929 Route 39 in Forestville, offers U-Pick blackberries, currants and raspberries. For more info, call (716) 679-1330.
Blueberry Ridge, at 12201 Gowanda State Road in Lawtons, is a family-friendly U-pick blueberry farm, which also features ready-picked blueberries at their stand. For more info, call (716) 337-2037.
Burdick Blueberries, at 8267 Thompson Road in Cattaraugus, is a pick-your-own blueberries on 40 acres of eight high bush varieties with grass rows. For more info, call (716) 257-9760.
South Hill Farms Manicured Blueberry Patch, at 9419 South Hill Road in Colden, offers U-Pick and ready-picked blueberries. For more info, visit southhillfarm.com.
West Falls Blueberries, at 1895 Davis Road in West Falls, follows organic methods, and has blueberries and prepicked produce. Crops are usually available in July, August, September. For more info, call (585) 409-9227.
Don’t forget about all the area roadside farm stands and the Wednesday Springville Auction, where you’re sure to find even more fresh berries at great prices!
And just what do you do with all these tasty berries? A simple Google search online will yield numerous results for pies, crisps, smoothies, jellies and more—the possibilities are endless!