Resources: 2012 U-pick Guide to Erie and Niagara Counties



As children, most of us remember berry-picking expeditions, generally eating more fruit than we placed in our buckets or baskets, and emerging from the sweltering field with our mouths stained and bellies full. But picking your own berries (or apples, or pumpkins, or cherries) shouldn’t be relegated to childhood memory; it should be part of your summer routine. Western New York abounds with “u-pick” options, and at lower than low prices ($1.65 per pound for pick-your-own blueberries vs. $3.25 for farm-harvested), there’s strong incentive to load the car up with willing hands and head out for a day in the sun. The net result could fill your freezer, or net a month’s worth of pies, or a few dozen canning jars.

We’ve assembled a list of Erie and Niagara County farms offering a variety of pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. Check websites and call ahead; with climate change upon us, it’s important to keep in mind that crops don’t operate on a set schedule. Calling a farm will help you ascertain what it has available, what sort of field conditions to expect, and the price per pound of the farm’s fruits and vegetables.

Sales on canning jars are up by over forty percent since 2008. Self-sufficiency is the trend of the day, and with good reason! PickYourOwn.org offers extensive canning and preservation resources, as does CanningAcrossAmerica.com, so if, come winter, you’d like to revel in the tastes of fresh blueberries or silky, from-the-garden tomato sauce, there is nothing stopping you.

 

ERIE COUNTY

 

Andolina Farmsstrawberries and grapes
10719 Brant Angola Rd., Brant
Please call for information: 716-698-6825
Open: Daily, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.

 

Awald’s Berry Farmblueberries and raspberries
10692 Gurney Ave., North Collins
awaldfarms.com
Please call for information: 716-337-2997

 

Blueberry Ridgeblueberries
12201 Gowanda State Rd. (Rt. 62), Lawtons
Please call for information: 716-337-2037
Open: Daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

 

Bowman Farmsassorted berries and vegetables
11259 Gowanda State Rd. (Rt. 62), North Collins
bowmanfarmsinc.com
Please call for information: 716-337-2965
Open: Daily, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

 

Brant Apple Farmapples and pears
1355 Rt. #249, Brant
brantapplefarm.com
Please call for information: 716-549-0112
Open: M, T, Th-Sat, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

 

Greg’s U-Pick Farmstrawberries and blueberries
9270 Lapp Rd., Clarence Center
gregsupick.com
Please call for information: 716-741-4239

 

Hen-Hawk Acresstrawberries
13439 Genesee Rd., Chaffee
Please call for information: 716-496-5380 or 716-560-8302

 

Peter Gugino Farmsstrawberries
10460 Brant-Angola Rd., Brant
Please call for information: 716-549-3608

 

South Hill Farmsblueberries and grapes
9419 South Hill Rd., Colden
southhillfarm.com
Please call for information: 716-941-5882

 

Weiss Farmsstrawberries
7828 East Eden Rd., Eden
Please call for information: 716-992-9619

 

West Falls Blueberry Patchblueberries
1895 Davis Rd., West Falls
Please call for information: 585-409-8314
Open: M–Su, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

 

NIAGARA COUNTY

 

Becker Farmsapples, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, sweet cherries, beans and peas, pumpkins, tomatoes, and corn
3724 Quaker Rd., Gasport
beckerfarms.com
Please call for information: 716-772-2211

 

Blackman Homestead Farmapples, pears, winter squash, and pumpkins
4472 Thrall Rd., Lockport
blackmanhomesteadfarm.com
Please call for information: 716-434-7116

 

Bye’s Farmstrawberries
6023 Ridge Rd., Lockport
Please call for information: 716-434-1803

 

Coulter Farms–raspberries, strawberries, sweet cherries, and peas
3871 North Ridge Rd., Lockport
coulterfarmsllc.com
Please call for information: 716-434-5700

 

Donovan Orchardsapples
8503 Lower Lake Rd., Barker
donovanorchards.com
Call for information: 585-944-8824
Open: Fri-Sat, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Su, Noon-4 p.m.

 

Ellis Fruit Farmapples
4748 Thrall Rd., Lockport
Please call for information: 716-434-1005

 

Kappus Farmssweet and sour cherries
6275 Jockey Rd., Burt
Please call for information: 716-778-8396
Open: Daily, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.

 

LaRose’s Farmstrawberries
5759 Ridge Rd., Lockport
Please call for information: 716-433-9352

 

Lisiecki Producecherries, plums, tomatoes, squash, and strawberries
8427 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Gasport
Please call for information: 716-870-0678

 

Murphy Orchardsrhubarb, sweet and sour cherries, gooseberries, raspberries, peaches, peppers, black and red currants, herbs, apples, pears, pumpkins, squash, and plums
2402 McClew Rd., Burt
murphyorchards.com
Please call for information: 716-778-7926

 

Peter Baker Farmapples, pumpkins, winter squash, and tomatoes
2100 Youngstown-Lockport Rd., Ransomville
Please call for information: 716-791-3440
Open: Fri–Sun, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

 

Peterson’sstrawberries and tomatoes
6365 Ridge Rd., Lockport
Please call for information: 716-434-8427

 

Pipiles Farmblueberries
3370 Lockport-Olcott Rd., Lockport
Please call for information: 716-778-7366

 

Sanger Farms–apples, pears, peaches, strawberries, and cherries
852 Rt. 93, Youngstown
Please call for information: 716-745-7297

 

Shippy Orchardsapples
735 Lockport Rd., Youngstown
Please call for information: 716-745-9916

 

Singer Farmssweet cherries
6730 E. Lake Rd. (Rt. 18), Appleton
singerfarms.com
Please call for information: 716-778-7330

 

Vincent Woodconcord grapes
2350 Coomer Rd., Burt
Please call for information: 716-778-5354

 

Whittier Fruit Farm/Russell’s U-Pickblueberries
7399 Lake Rd., Appleton
whittierfruitfarm.com
For information call: 585-594-9054    

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