Thursday, June 25, 2015

Adirondack Strawberry Festivals and U-Pick Farms



Strawberry flowers
Though we have had more rain than sun over the last few days, strawberries are starting to ripen and Pick-Your-Own fields are planning on opening to the public over the next couple of weeks. 

Festivals are set to gesture in summer with all things strawberry. Rulf’s Orchard in Peru is holding their 4th annual Strawberry Festival on June 27 with a bounce house, vendors, strawberry shortcake eating contest and wagon rides to the U-Pick patch. 

Raquette Lake is whipping up fresh strawberry shortcake while Crown Point will host its annual celebration of those delicious red berries. 

According to Shannon Rulf their strawberry fields opened last Sunday for U-Pick. During the festival She expects more people to come to take part in all the activities, not come to pick huge quantities of berries so she is also offering a special quart-size price for people taking the Country Dream Farm free horse and wagon ride to the fields. 

"This year we are moving the festival closer to the pavilion to allow for more space," say Rulf. "We sell tickets for some of the kids' games. Duncan Donuts is bring a bounce house and samples. We have two massage therapists as well as live music." 

The June 27th Raquette Lake Strawberry Festival is an opportunity for locals and visitors coming to the area to connect with summer friends, while supporting a worthy cause. The summertime dessert will be served starting at 11 a.m. at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall.
U-Pick Strawberries and my daughter will eat them! 
The money raised benefits the Raquette Lake FireDepartment and serves as a great kick-off for summer. This is a long-standing tradition. Jimmy Pohl with Raquette Lake Navigation makes the homemade strawberry shortcake. So stop by, rain or shine, and see all the area events scheduled for the summer in Long Lake and Raquette Lake. 

On Sunday, June 28, from 11 am to 4 pm the First Congregational Church of Crown Point 10th annual Strawberry Festival will showcase a variety of activities from amusement rides to a classic car show. Look forward to a BBQ and even more opportunities to indulge in some shortcake. There will be live music, BBQ and even amusement rides and bounce house. 

Just in case you want to wait a bit for a strawberry treat, Chestertown’s Strawberry Festival and Craft Show takes place on July 4 from 9 am – 3 pm at the Community Methodist Church. Look forward to all sorts of ways to indulge in strawberries over ice cream, in malts or part of strawberry sundaes.

If you want to go out and pick your own, try Tucker’s Farm in Gabriels, Rulf’s in Peru or Pray’s in Keeseville.  Call first to make sure the ground is dry enough to venture out to the patch. Enjoy!

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.

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