Bring the kids, absolutely!
Some farmers don’t want kids in their fields — too much damage, waste, and loss: but we welcome children in our berry patches and orchard because we want to invest in you and your family. Our kids need fresh air, healthy food and strong bodies. School wellness programs and community sports are a great start; but our kids also need us — quality time, and lots of it! Our kids grew up going to Hencle’s Berry Patch with their Nana (Nancy Hencle Abbott, who’s parents started Hencle’s Berry Patch) when they could barely walk. It’s a great bonding experience for kids to pick with their grandparents, parents, aunts, and uncles.
Fruit ripeness and volume depend on the weather. It’s always wise to call ahead and make sure we’re open before you come out. Our phone number is 638-7783. You can also keep up to date with us on Facebook. We keep our berry patch as weed-free as possible. Our strawberries are grown on raised beds, which makes them easier to reach. We also put straw between rows and plastic mulch within rows to keep the berries clean and your feet dry. Be sure to stop at our sheds located near each berry patch to get a list of what rows are open to pick that day and to pick up a container. We do take major credit cards (Visa, Master Card & Discover) in the field. Berries are sold by the pound on a first-come, first-served basis.
Keep in mind that berries keep longer when picked in the cool of the day and refrigerated as soon as possible. There’s not much shade in a berry patch, so dress for the weather and bring your sunscreen. We will give you our reusable waxed boxes to fill, or you may bring your own containers. If you opt to bring your own containers, please have your container weighed before you begin picking. If you need to cool down after picking, we have ice cream in our Country Store as well as cool drinks and many other treats.
In mid-August, the orchard is open whenever the Country Store is open; we don’t close the orchard during the day. We irrigate the apples, but it doesn’t interfere with picking them. Our orchard is closely-mowed and though the majority of our trees aren’t too high, climbing trees is not allowed. We ask that you pick ask that you pick the fruit by the individual stalks and not the branch. Taking a branch will affect future growth on our trees. Sweet cherry season tends to be short; sign up for our e-mail newsletter, or follow us on Facebook, if you want to be sure not to miss it (late June/early July). Italian prune-plums ripen in early September. We have popular apple varieties in addition to some new sensations like Snapdragon and Ruby Frost in limited quantities. Our apples start ripening in mid-August, so don’t miss out on u-pick apples for late-summer fun. Apples keep best when stored in your refrigerator.
To pick apples, stop in first in the store or at a shed (on the weekends). Pick out a bag size – kiddie size (about 3 lbs), family size (about 10 lbs), or baker bag (about 20 lbs). They look small when empty, but they expand to hold these weights and more, depending on what varieties and sizes you pick. We sell you a bag in advance so you only have to stand in line once. Why stand in line twice, once to pick up your bag and once to have it weighed? That’s why we sell you the bag before you pick! The price of the bag is to fill it once – please do not reuse it. We will also give you a list of what rows we are picking from that day. Not every apple is ripe at the same time. Do you have a favorite variety? Call ahead, check our website or Facebook to be sure not to miss yours! We hate to have to raise our prices due to theft so if you see someone disregarding our system, or stealing, please tell an Abbott employee to help keep your prices low.
Pumpkins are sold by size, not weight. We grow our pumpkins in several sizes. Look for a size gauge in the pumpkin patch, or on the side of our wagons, to tell you what yours will cost. Corn stalks can be purchased in the store or sheds, by the bundle.
During Fall Festival Days you do not have to buy a wristband to pick apples or visit the pumpkin patch. If you would like to participate in the festival activities, wristbands or tickets are available in our sheds and in the store.
Here are the crops available and their approximate picking schedule:
Due to NYS Health Department regulations, we cannot allow pets in the store, cider mill or our barnyard. Thank you for your cooperation.
Enjoy your day at Abbotts!