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 Berries with a Side of Blooms: Patty’s Berries & Bunches
This 40-acre Long Island farm is filled with over 24 different types of berries throughout the summer and early fall. For $5, pickers gain entry to the berry patch and a container to fill; you can also buy pre-picked berries at the farm stand. Patty's "bunches" are flowers, which are sold pre-picked and include blossoms such as sunflowers, dahlias and zinnias. The farm also features an "Ice Cream Patch", where visitors can buy scoops of seasonal flavors like "sugar snap pea" and "blackberry sage", which are made with fresh ingredients grown on site.
Distance from NYC: 1 hour, 40 mins
410 Sound Ave.
Daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
photo: via Tina C. on Yelp
Do you have a favorite spot to pick berries with the kids? Tell us in the comments!