Get a taste of Niagara! There’s something so peaceful about picking fresh blueberries in the summertime. One of my favourite things to do is to visit a PYO blueberry patch, enjoy the sunshine and clear skies, and quietly go about selecting the best berries. You’d be surprised how many you can remove from one sprig!
The Niagara Region has some great places to pick blueberries if you’re looking to do the work yourself. While many fruit farms around here sell blueberries at their stand, picking them yourself gives you a whole new appreciation for this delicious little fruit and helps support a local farm at the same time!
When is blueberry picking season in Ontario?
Blueberry season begins in July and goes through to the end of August, but this varies depending on the weather. Blueberries are generally ready shortly after strawberry season ends and near the end of cherry season.
Blueberry picking tips
It’s best to call ahead to these farms or check their website or social media channels for updates.
Blueberries are one of the most satisfying fruits to pick. You can get so much off of one sprig, and I find that most people only go for the outer clusters of berries. If the berries are ready, they’ll roll off easily. Don’t forget to look underneath and gently move the branches out of the way to get to the other clusters.
Store fresh blueberries in the fridge, without washing them, for up to 10-14 days. If you’re freezing them, freeze without washing them, to protect their skins from getting too tough. Frozen blueberries make for a refreshing summertime treat!
Ps. pack a hat and sunscreen! Some blueberry patches are covered with protective netting to keep them safe from the birds, but there often isn’t any shade!
PYO blueberries in Lincoln
Berry Patch offers much more than just blueberries! berry patches offer more than just blueberries. Take your pick of raspberries, blackberries, currants, or gooseberries!
Address: 2010 South Service Road, Jordan, Ontario
Blueberry picking near Niagara Falls
Bluemin’ Acres, Virgil
Known for their friendly service an great prices ($6/lb!), Bluemin’ Acres offers PYO blueberries of different varieties as well as other produce at their market stand!
Address: 1001-1055 Line 1 Rd, Virgil
Phone number: 905-468-8162
Where to go PYO blueberry picking in Niagara
WM Smerek, Smithville
I just noticed this blueberry picking spot in 2021! WM Smerek also has tons of apples, cider, pumpkins and squash available later in the fall!
Address: 6654 Mud St.
Where to Pick Blueberries near Niagara
Blueberry Knoll, Dunnville
Blueberry Knoll is one of my favourite places to visit! There’s tons of parking and acres of fruit to pick here at reasonable prices. Sign up for their newsletter for picking updates!
Be sure to visit their market stand for baked goods, frozen pies, jams and much more!
Address: 1091 Hutchinson Rd., Lowbanks
Phone number: 905-774-7732
Powell’s Patch Blueberries, Simcoe
This is a great spot to bring your family! With a picnic area and a petting zoo, Powell’s Patch Blueberries is the place to come for a day in the country!
Address: 37 Gilbert Rd. RR3, Simcoe
Phone number: 519-428-1563
Where to buy ready-picked blueberries in Niagara
You’ll find most market stalls will sell fresh blueberries (and much more!) during peak harvest season. Sme of my favourites include:
- Hildreth Farms – 5529 Greenlane, Beamsville
- Romanogli Farms – 4605 Thirty Rd, Beamsville
- Hillberry Farms – 1651 Centre Street, Ridgeville
- The Red Barn – 4297 Jordan Road, Jordan Station
- Devries Fruit Farm – 825 Canboro Rd, Fenwick
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This post is making me want blueberries! Loving this detailed guide and the specific tips you included for picking. I’ve saved for future inspo 🙂
Thanks Elena, we’re so lucky to live where we do 🙂
Blueberry picking sounds so lovely! I didn’t realize the Niagara region was known for blueberries, but you’re making me want to visit the area even more now. Perfect post for this time of the year. 🙂
Thanks Taylor, we have so many great farms around for fresh fruit. One of the perks to living in Niagara!
I never thought to go blueberry picking before in the Niagara area! It’s great to know where I can do this the next time I make it back to Ontario.
The phone number you have published for the Berry Patch is not correct.
Thanks Stef! I’ve just removed it until I can find another one!
Have you been to the Berry Patch this year? I can’t find a way to contact them. Just want to make sure they are open before we plan to stop there.
I haven’t! They don’t seem to have any functioning numbers. I’ll need to take a drive down there!
Thank you for this informative post! Letting you know that, here at Blueberry Knoll (Lowbanks), we no longer carry soup. Thanks!
Thanks so much for letting me know! 🙂