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? Like area fruit farms, u-pick flower farms have adjusted policies and procedures for COVID-19 safety, so you can still hand-pick some beautiful blooms, from wildflowers to sunflowers and more. We’ve rounded up our favorite nyc area farms where you can pick your own flowers—and have some fun in the sun while you’re at it! Don’t forget your mask!
For a Wide Variety: 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 has implemented COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing, mask-wearing, sterilized tools, etc. Flower varieties include zinnias, cosmos, black-eyed susans, strawflowers, snapdragons, celosia, sunflowers, butterfly weed, statice, and more, and the farm is open July through early October. Flowers are $15 per bucket, and you take the bucket home with you—bring it back for $10 buckets all season long. 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. (COVID-19 safety measures are in effect; read them here.) They have a great selection of flowers here, available from late June to October. 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 also operates 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
You can pick apples and peaches at Melick’s, but from July through September its stunning gardens are open for picking as well. You'll find flowers such as zinnias, sunflowers and snapdragons here, and no appointment is necessary, but they do ask that you bring your own clippers. (They advise calling ahead to find out what is blooming before you head over.) The farm charges per stem and also has 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. Melick's Town 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 New Evergreen Maze & Lots of Produce to Pick: Alstede Farms
Alstede is a popular place for picking many, many things, and the farm has implemented rigorous COVID-19 precautions, including timed entry; buy tickets here. (You can read about other safety measures here.) Not only can you pick your own flowers at Alstede Farms, they've also added a cute evergreen maze, which is included with admission. Picking season runs mid-July through September, and flowers go for $1 a stem. The farm is packed with beautiful sunflowers ready for picking, and the farm’s annual sunflower maze is also open for navigation. 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, with zinnias and sunflowers being particularly popular here. Like other farms, Fishkill is implementing picking by reservation only and social distancing. Check this page for the latest updates on what's ripe now; flowers are on track for picking late-July. Click here to make a reservation and pay; package prices range depending on the crop and amount and start at $42 for five people. Flowers are an additional item that can be purchased with fruit.
Fishkill Farm Rd.
Hopewell JCT, NY
— Ilyssa Smith