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u-pick season

Hartwick Family’s Blueberry Picking Now In 44th Year


Hartwick Family’s

Blueberry Picking

Now In 44th Year

Cooperstown natives Owen and Hailey Decker were back in the county from Clifton Park to pick blueberries at Ingalls farm. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

HARTWICK SEMINARY – David Ingalls knows the cure for whatever might trouble you: “I get a lot of doctors here from Bassett, and I want to tell them they should write prescriptions for people to come and pick blueberries!”

Last year, Mary Oprea of West Oneonta picked 40 pounds of berries at Ingalls Blueberry Hill on Seminary Road, Hartwick Seminary. She’s at it again.

Ingalls owns Ingalls Blueberry Hill on Seminary Road, the only certified organic U-Pick in Otsego County. “That makes all the difference,” he said. “It’s a little more expensive, but that’s what people say they want.”

He father, Rodney, bought a parcel in 1975 that crosses Route 28.  He and David planted blueberries on a 10-acre hillside parcel, a former cow pasture.

“He sent me to Cornell to learn about farming,” the son said. “We weren’t sure if it would pay off, but when we got them planted, people couldn’t wait to come up and pick berries!”

The same purchase included flatland on the east side of Route 28 (now part of Dreams Park), which the father gave to Paul, David’s brother, who grew strawberries there.

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