Don’t let summer pass by without heading out to some kind of field to pick your own berries. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries—take your pick! (Get it?) There are lots of farms near NYC where you can pick your own berries—and in some cases, even flowers! Check business social feeds for the latest info on what’s ripe and crop supply. Read on for our Summer 2021 NYC-area berry picking picks!
SUFFOLK COUNTY BERRY PICKING
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 $7.50, pickers gain entry to the berry patch and a quart 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." Patty's has art activities for kids, and you can also pay $7.50 to stroll the flower fields and get your picture-perfect Insta-moment.
Distance from NYC: 1 hour, 40 mins
410 Sound Ave.
Daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For Berries & Lots More Fresh Produce: Lewin Farms
A family-run farm for four generations, Lewin Farms was the first U-pick farm on Long Island. Spanning 1,100 acres, this Suffolk County farm grows pretty much everything (including Christmas trees later in the year) but from late June through August is when it's got strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries for the picking. Call the farm to get a pre-recorded message with picking conditions that's updated daily. Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; closed Tuesdays
Distance from NYC: 1 hour, 50 mins
812 Sound Ave.
ORANGE COUNTY BERRY PICKING
For All Kinds and Colors of Berries: Ochs Orchard
Early summer is strawberry time at Ochs; come back later for blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. (You can also pick veggies, peaches and tomatoes at this Warwick, NY farm.) Flowers are for sale at the farm stand, and Ochs makes homemade ice cream from fruit grown on site. The farm recommends calling or checking Facebook for availability before heading out.
Distance from NYC: 1 hour, 30 mins
4 Ochs Ln.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Picking days can change week to week, so call ahead)
For Berries Now & Peaches & Apples Later: Lawrence Farms Orchards
This family-owned farm in the Hudson Valley has roots going back to 1892. You can get all kinds of fruit here: cherries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, plums, apples—and veggies too! They are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily. General admission is $5 per person. Note that the GPS address is 306 Frozen Ridge Rd, Newburgh, NY.
Distance from NYC: 1 hour, 45 minutes
39 Colandrea Rd.
DUTCHESS COUNTY BERRY PICKING
For Pesticide-Free Berries: Fishkill Farms
Fishkill Farms is doing you-pick by reservation only, Tuesday through Sunday. Reservations are booked up to seven days in advance, and there is a maximum of five people per party, which includes kids ages two and up. You get an hour to pick your fruit, which is capped at four quarts. Cost is $42. Don't be more than 15 minutes late or you lose your spot!
Devoted to the practice of ecological farming, Fishkill says its berries are "beyond organic", which means as much as possible, they try to grow berries "spray-free." In addition to strawberries, raspberries and currants, the farm also offers a selection of great summer herbs, vegetables, flowers and now has a Treasury Cider Bar. Check the farm's Facebook page for the latest news on prime picking. Open daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Distance from NYC: 1 hour, 30 mins.
9 Fishkill Farm Rd.
Hopewell JCT, NY
ULSTER COUNTY BERRY PICKING
For Berries, Veggies & a Giant Garden Gnome
Kelder's farm offers pick-your-own berries and veggies, along with lots of activities for the kids. You must make a reservation, which gets you access to all the activities (mini-golf, jumping pillow, etc.) and a pint of u-pick produce. Picking slots are scheduled every 30 minutes, and picking is rain or shine, with no refunds. You can book your slots here. Pricing starts at $14.99/person. Don't leave without a snap with "Chomsky", the world's largest garden gnome. (For real, he's in the Guinness Book.)
Distance from NYC: 2 hours
5755 Route 209
NEW JERSEY BERRY PICKING
For Fruit, Veggies & Sunflowers: Johnson's Corner Farm
Johnson's Corner Farm promises the best of New Jersey's famous blueberries, sweet corn and peaches (plus veggies like string beans and zucchini). The kids will love the Discovery Barnyard ($10/kids; $5/adults) with animals, splash pad and play areas, and you'll marvel at the sunflower fields. Johnson's Farm is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily, and there's a farm store on site as well.
Distance from NYC: 2 hours
133 Church Rd.
For Berries, Flowers and Wine: Terhune Orchards
Head to Terhune for blueberries and thornless (!) blackberries through August. This is another farm with flowers to pick, farm animals to visit, a winery, plus a reading series for kids, live music and festivals throughout the summer. (The Blueberry Bash is happening July 10 & 11 this year. See the calendar for all events.) Farm open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; picking open, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., until supply lasts. No blueberry picking on Mondays. Check Terhune's Facebook page for the latest updates on availability.
Distance from NYC: 1 hour
330 Cold Soil Rd.
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