Maybe you picked some cherries this summer, or any number of berries recently, but have you ever ventured into acres of flowers of all kinds and snipped a few stems right from the field? A u-pick flower outing not only produces some lovely blooms for your home/floral crown/a gift for grandma, it also provides the unique experience of standing amongst literally thousands of blooms. We’ve rounded up our favorite nyc area farms where you can pick your own flowers and have some fun in the country while you’re at it! (P.S. Most pick-your-own flower farms offer the chance to pick other things too, and the tail end of summer/early fall is prime time for peaches, vegetables, and more!)
For Flowers and Peaches: Hillview Farms
Located just 30 miles away from New York City, Hillview Farms in Gillette, New Jersey, is a working farm with a history going back five generations. (The "Hills" the name refers to is the Watchung Mountain Range.) Beginning in August, it offers a flower-produce one-two punch of flower picking (zinnias) and peaches. They provide baskets and clippers for the blooms, which are $6.99 a dozen. You can also pick vegetables here, and buy seasonal pies, honey and free range eggs. Fields close at 5 p.m.
233 Meyersville Rd.
Brittany Hollow Farm
Head to Brittany Hollow Farm for one of the best selections of pick-your-own flowers near NYC. The Hudson Valley family-run operation grows zinnias, cosmos, black-eyed susans, strawflowers, snapdragons, celosia, sunflowers, butterfly weed, statice, and more and is open July through early October. Flowers are $10 per bucket if you give the bucket back after you're done picking, or $12 if you need to take the bucket to go. The fields are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
Brittany Hollow Farm
7141 Albany Post Rd.
For "Gazillions" of Flowers, Veggies & A Winery: Terhune Orchards
A major player in the "you pick" scene, Terhune Orchards offers the chance to pick something throughout the growing season. That includes a great selection of flowers, available from late June to October for just 25 cents a stem. Planters and culinary herbs are also available on site, as are numerous other fruits and veggies—both in the fields for picking and the farm store for purchase. Terhune has a lot going on, with barnyard animals to visit, a "Read & Pick" series, for kids eight and younger, festivals throughout the season ("Just Peachy is August 3 & 4) and even its own winery. FYI: Leave your pets with a friend—they aren’t allowed on the farm.
330 Cold Soil Rd.
For a Butterfly Moment: Melick's Town Farm
Stop by Melick’s from July through September to pick flowers of all kinds in their stunning gardens. (They advise calling ahead to find out what is blooming before you head over.) The farm charges per stem and also have pre-picked bouquets and arrangements if you need to grab a bouquet on the go. The farm's shop features homemade jams, jellies, baked goods and fresh fruits and veggies. The farm is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6.pm., and on a nice day, butterflies flock to the gardens, making for nice Instagram fodder.
Melick’s Town Farm
170 Oldwick Rd.
For Flowers, Berries & A Side of Fresh Ice Cream: Patty’s Berries and Bunches
If you’re looking to ditch the scissors, but pick up some berries, this is the place to go. Patty's "bunches" are flowers, which are sold pre-picked and include blossoms such as sunflowers, dahlias, peonies, 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. This 40-acre Long Island farm is one of our favorites for U-pick berries. Filled with over 24 different types of berries throughout the summer and early fall, pickers head to the berry patch with a provided container to fill for $7. Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
410 Sound Ave.
For a Sunflower Maze & Lots of Produce to Pick: Alstede Farms
Not only can you pick your own flowers at Alstede Farms, you can navigate through them in a Sunflower maze! Picking season runs mid-July through September, and flowers go for $1 a stem, plus an entry fee of $5.99 per person on weekdays and $6.99 on weekends. If you want to get a head start, get there before 11 a.m. on a weekday for free admission. The farm is packed with beautiful sunflowers ready for picking, and the farm’s annual sunflower maze opened July 13. This farm is also one of our favorites for “U-pick” fruits & veggies as well. Sweet Corn, vegetables (peppers, eggplant, tomatoes), peaches, cantaloupe, nectarines, honeydew and canary melon are all in season during the “cut your own flower” season, so pick you can pick up some "Jersey Fresh" produce while you're at it.
1 Alstede Farms Ln.
For an Organic Farm: Fishkill Farms
An organic, low-key spot we love for all types of picking, Fishkill Farms also does flowers. When we called to inquire about varieties, zinnias were the most popular flower this summer. Check this page for the latest updates on what's ripe now—it's peach, plum, nectarine, and donut peach season in Late July/early August. Pick through September, at $1.25 a stem plus a $5 admission fee. The admission fee is free on Tuesday if your family can take advantage!
Fishkill Farm Rd.
Hopewell JCT, NY
— Ilyssa Smith