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? From wildflowers to sunflowers, zinnias, peonies and more, here are our favorite farms near NYC for flower picking.
For a Wide Variety: Brittany Hollow Farm
Head to Brittany Hollow Farm in the Hudson Valley for one of the best selections of pick-your-own flowers near NYC. 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. They offer 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 Gorgeous Blooms For the First Time: Spring Wind Farm
Lucky us. This New Jersey farm is offering a you-pick option for the very first time in 2021. The stunning blooms are grown sustainably, and flowers for picking include sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, celosia, gomphrena and more. Pick for a mason jar or a three-gallon bucket; prices start at $16. Purchase tickets online in advance here.
95 Holmes Mill Rd.
Cream Ridge, NJ
For Super Sunflowers & Farm Fun: Johnson's Corner Farm
Johnson's Corner Farm loves its sunflowers. (The farm even holds Sunflower Celebrations.) In addition to lots of barnyard fun and picking produce, you can pick sunflowers for $1 a stem here, and zinnias for 25 cents each. Entrance to the field is $5/person on weekdays, and $6/person on weekends; buy tickets online to guarantee admission.
Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sat. & Sun ., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wed. & Fri. evenings, 5-7 p.m.
133 Church Rd.
For Lavender Lovers: Lavender By the Bay
To be fair, you can't pick the lavender at Lavender By the Bay, but it's a must for fans of this soothing herb, and peak bloom for French lavender is happening now, and more to come late summer! Plus: you can load up on sachets and sprigs in the gift shop. This farm has two locations on Long Island, growing more than 80,000 plants in hues of purple, lilac, white and beyond. (FYI: The Calverton spot is across the street from water park Splish Splash.) It's $12 to enter the field and stroll in the fragrant fields. Tickets must be purchased beforehand.
Open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
7540 Main Rd.
East Marion, NY
47 Manor 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. 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. You can also pay $7.50 to walk through the flower fields for the perfect photo op! The farm features an "Ice Cream Patch,” where visitors can buy scoops of seasonal flavors which are made with fresh ingredients grown on site. This 40-acre Long Island farm is one of our favorites for U-pick berries. Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
410 Sound Ave.
For Evergreen & Sunflower Mazes & Lots of Produce to Pick: Alstede Farms
Alstede is a popular place for picking many, many things. 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 you can pick up some "Jersey Fresh" produce while you're at it. Check this page to see if flowers are open for picking.
1 Alstede Farms Ln.
— Mimi O’Connor