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 The World’s Largest Garden Gnome and a Jumping Pillow: Kelder’s Farm
You can pick almost anything you want here, including blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and vegetables from asparagus to zucchini. They've been around 180 years, and also grow apples and pumpkins for all your autumnal needs. Additional attractions include a mini-golf course with an edible landscape (players are encouraged to snack) and "Chomsky", the world's largest garden gnome. (For real, he's in the Guinness Book.) Kids can also check out a petting zoo, watch bees make honey and get the wiggles out on a trampoline-like "jumping pillow." Hours and days open vary according to conditions; call for information on U-pick days and times.
Distance from NYC: 2 hours
5755 Route 209
photo: via Kelder's Farm Facebook page
Do you have a favorite spot to pick berries with the kids? Tell us in the comments!