They may be small, but boy are they mighty! At these Hudson Valley restaurants and eateries, blueberries add a little something sweet (and a little something tart) to everything from ice cream to salads.
There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than with a sweet ice cream treat! Bigfoot Creamery’s summer flavors include a decadent blueberry cheesecake ice cream, made with fresh blueberries from Hilltop Hanover Farm. If you’re dairy-free, try out the oatmilk blueberry pancake flavor for a vegan-friendly dessert. Bigfoot Creamery sources ingredients from local Hudson Valley farms via Hudson Valley Fresh, so you can enjoy your summer favorites in good conscience.
For a healthy way to enjoy this summer fruit, indulge in a Soul Bowl at this hip Poughkeepsie cafe. This classic açaí bowl is packed full of blueberries, strawberries, granola, and other tasty ingredients. The rest of the menu includes a mouthwatering array of smoothies, salads, and avocado toasts, all made with ingredients sourced from local farmers’ markets.
This cocktail bar is a Hudson Valley favorite that never disappoints when it comes to unique, handcrafted cocktails. The blueberry peach mule is another hit in Refinery 51’s long list of refreshing drinks. This cocktail leans into sweet summer flavors, with peach liquor to complement the natural tartness and acidity of the Van Gogh Açaí Blueberry Vodka and blueberry syrup.
New Paltz & Poughkeepsie
A favorite of locals and college students alike, Lola’s is known for its fresh food, welcoming vibe, and delicious daily specials. Here, blueberries are featured in the summer berry salad, paired with strawberries, goat cheese, and other yummy additions all tossed in a mixed berry lavender dressing. At the Poughkeepsie cafe, follow up your meal with a trip across the Walkway Over the Hudson, located right next door. In New Paltz, shop along Main Street and Water Street, both lined with small businesses and more delicious fare.
One of the best ways to enjoy blueberries is in a warm, homemade pie. The old-fashioned pies from Baked by Susan are made from scratch every day, with locally sourced ingredients. The blueberry pie delights year-round, but for a seasonal special, try out the triple berry pie.
Catskill & Hudson
With a selection of over 100 cold pressed juices and smoothies, this juice joint has plenty of choices for blueberry lovers. Whether you go for the Go Go Juice, Purple Rain, or High Voltage, you’ll never run out of fun new flavors to try. In addition to fruity drinks, The Juice Branch offers açaí bowls and gourmet toast, with plenty of vegan options.