This past July we had an absolutely beautiful Saturday. It was 86 degrees with a slight breeze as well as a gorgeous mix of sunshine and fluffy clouds. After having a bonfire the night before, the whole family slept in until about 9:30am. I wanted to make the most of the time with my daughter and this beautiful weather since we had a party to attend later on in the day.
My daughter is an absolute fruit crazy animal. Blueberries are her absolute favorite so I decided to take her blueberry picking. Since I did not grow up in the Rochester, New York area I took to the internet to find a good place near my home in Brockport to take her blueberry picking. I came across Hurd Orchards. They are located about 10 minutes from my house in Holley, New York. I quickly ate a yogurt, grabbed some cereal in a Ziploc and headed out the door with my daughter at 10:00am.
When you first drive up you are greeted by a quaint little cottage style storefront surrounded by an assortment of flowers that make it seem almost like a French countryside. As soon as you walk in your smelling and sight senses go into battle. There were pints of fresh picked cherries and berries that were lined up market style. Their bright, fresh, vibrant colors were just begging you to buy them all.
Surrounding the fresh fruits was an assortment of fresh jams and country trinkets for sale. There was local honey and baskets hanging from the ceiling.
They had assortment of fresh flower bouquets that reminded me of my home where I grew up on 30 acres of land; picking my own bouquets of black eyed suzannes!
The back corner of the store was completely devoted to jams, jellies and fresh cheeses.
In the middle of the back were the sources of my smelling sense’s pleasure. There were various homemade cookies, breads, pastries and pies for sale.
They had samples of two jams with their fresh baked blueberry breads. The first jam was a sour cherry and raspberry jam which was very good and I’m not typically a cherry person. The second jam was a strawberry rhubarb jelly; this was heaven in my mouth. It tasted like pie in a jar! It had a smooth texture and a naturally sweet flavor.
The main building will give you a bucket to take with you. The blueberry fields require driving up and around the corner. The blueberries are towards the back of the field behind the apple trees. Be ready for a bumpy ride because you will be off roading (my daughter got a huge kick out of it)! As soon as you arrive there are copious rows of blueberries as far as the eye can see.
My daughter was in absolute heaven. There were so many blueberries ripe for picking. Between picking over a pound and a half of blueberries and making sure my daughter kept her sampling to a minimum, we were ready to head back to the store to have our blueberries weighed. We ended up with 1.6 pounds of blueberries roughly and paid $4.95, ($3/lb).
I really try to do my part and help local farmers when I can. You can’t walk into a super market (as wonderful as Wegmans is) and experience the sights and smells of local farm stand. If you are looking to pick some great fruit and give back to local growers, I highly suggest Hurd Orchards. My daughter already wants to go back and get more!
17260 Ridge Rd, Holley, NY 14470
The market hours vary by the season and day of the week.
MAY, JUNE, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER:
JULY & AUGUST
Sun-Tues, Thurs-Sat 10am-5:30pm