July and August bring bumper crops of berries to area farms, and heading out to pick your own blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and more is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. We’ve rounded up a list of local farms less than a two-hour drive from New York City where you can do just that, and along with produce ready to pick, many of them offer picnic areas, petting zoos, play areas and other kid-friendly features on-site. (Note: it’s always good to call ahead to get the latest on crop conditions.) Click through to find out where to load up on summer’s bounty!

For All Kinds and Colors of Berries: Ochs Orchard

In July and August, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are available for picking at this Warwick, New York farm, and you can also pick veggies, peaches and tomatoes. A petting zoo is home to ducks, miniature goats and miniature donkey, while Ochs makes homemade ice cream from fruit grown on site for a post-pick treat.

Distance from NYC: 1 hour, 30 mins

4 Ochs Ln.
Warwick, Ny
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Picking days can change week to week, so call ahead)
Online: www.ochsorchard.net

photo: via Ochs Orchard Facebook page


Do you have a favorite spot to pick berries with the kids? Tell us in the comments!

—Ilyssa Smith