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Where to Pick Your Own Berries in the Hudson Valley

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Local berry farms are the sweetest spots for U-pick blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries during the summer season.

Picking your own fruit is one of the purest pleasures of summer. In the Hudson Valley, the season begins with strawberries in late-May and early June before continuing to blueberries, blackberries, and, later, juicy stone fruits like peaches and plums. If you go, look for plump, firm berries — but remember, they won’t keep for long. Other berries, including blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries, are available throughout the summer.

DuBois Farms

Highland

DuBois offers a rainbow of produce during pick-your-own season. Keep an eye out for strawberries in June, nectarines and peaches in early July through September, and plums in late-August to the beginning of September. Later in the season, tomatoes, eggplant, and squash are available as well. At the farm stand and café, visitors can pick up locally made goods, with ciders, beers, and wines for sale at the tavern.

COVID-19 update: Masks and social distancing are required. The Tiny Town playground is closed.

Fishkill Farms

Hopewell Junction

Strawberry picking is available in June, with blueberries in July and blackberries in August. Other fruits at the farm include cherries, peaches, apples, plums, and pears.

COVID-19 update: U-pick is available by reservation only to limit individuals in the field, with a maximum of five people per reservation group. All groups are assigned a field section for picking. Masks must be worn at all times, and the farm store is open for contactless pickup only.

Fix Bros. Fruit Farm

Hudson

A fifth generation farm in the Hudson Valley, Fix Bros. is open daily for U-pick during the height of the season. Head to Hudson for sweet cherries from the end of June to July, black sour cherries at the end of July, and peaches in August.

COVID-19 update: Visitors must wear face masks when checking out and when social distancing is not possible. Extra hand washing and sanitation stations are available and must be used before picking. No picnicking is allowed.

Greig Farm

Red Hook

Get your berry fix with strawberries in June, blueberries from July to mid-August, and blackberries from mid-August to mid-September.

COVID-19 update: The field is divided into numbered picking areas. Upon arrival, cars are directed toward opposite sides of the parking lot, and each is assigned a designated picking area. Contactless pickup is encouraged, and customers must wear masks when checking in and out and when around others.

Halfway Acres

Campbell Hall

The family-owned blueberry farm is USDA certified organic, making it a delight for clean and juicy berries in the Hudson Valley. The U-pick season runs from the end of June through July, and a limited number of berry bushes are available for locals who want to try their hand at growing their own.

COVID-19 update: Masks and social distancing are required, and individuals must wash hands when entering and exiting the fields. Picnics are not allowed.

Kelder’s Farm

Kerhonkson

Pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries at this farm, which also offers a market with locally made products and a mini-golf course that boasts what was at one time the world’s largest garden gnome.

COVID-19 update: Everyone must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Many activities are closed, so call ahead to confirm attractions onsite.

Mead Orchards

Tivoli

Mead is a favorite for strawberries in June, sweet cherries from late-June through July, and blueberries in July. In addition to visiting for U-pick, look for the farm at markets in Pleasantville, Rhinebeck, and White Plains.

COVID-19 update: Masks and social distancing are required. Hand sanitizing stations are available at each field, and everyone must wash hands before picking. Visitors should allow one row of space between groups. No containers from home are allowed.

Ochs Orchard

Warwick

The 100-acre farm has been in operation since the 1920s. Plan a visit for pick-your-own strawberries in June and early July. Throughout the season, look out for peaches, plums, tomatoes, blueberries, and vegetables as well. At the farm market, local sweet corn, lettuce, potatoes, onions, and eggs provide the base for homegrown meals.

COVID-19 update: No outside containers or bags are allowed in the field. Eating crops or outside food in the field is not allowed, and social distancing is recommended. Visitors must wear masks at all times and stick to one area for picking. Hand washing stations are available, and Ochs encourages people to visit during off hours whenever possible.

Prospect Hill Orchards

Milton

Head to Prospect Hill for sweet and sour cherries beginning at the end of June. Apricots, plums, peaches, and nectarines are available from July through August. The Milton farm is sustainable and uses integrated pest management and solar panels, with organic orchards as well.

COVID-19 update: No pets, picnicking, or outside bags are allowed. Visitors are not allowed to eat cherries and spit out the pits while onsite. Prospect Hill extends hours to 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays. Curbside pickup is available for fresh cherries.

Rose Hill Farm

Red Hook

Sitting on 114 acres of farmland, Rose Hill is a family-owned farm with holistic orchard management. In addition to selling cider and wine at its farm brewery, it offer U-pick cherries from the end of June to the beginning of July, blueberries from mid-July to mid-August, apricots in early July, nectarines in late-July, and peaches in August and September.

COVID-19 update: Face masks are required in the parking lot, at the farm stand, while picking fruit, and when social distancing is not possible. The check-in area is limited to one group at a time. No eating or outside bags or containers are allowed. The tavern is closed until later in the summer.

Saunderskill Farm

Accord

The farm is a must for U-pick strawberries in June and blueberries in July and early August. Stop by the bakery for fresh pies, muffins, and biscotti made daily. Fresh flowers from the farm greenhouse are available for purchase.

COVID-19 update: Strawberries will be sold by the quart instead of by the pound to limit the number of people onsite. Quarts are $5 each. Groups will be directed to assigned fields, and social distancing is required.

Thompson-Finch Farm

Ancram

This family-owned farm specializes in organic berries and apples. With six acres dedicated to sweet fruit, berry pickers should be pleased with the selection. Strawberries are available from mid-June to mid-July, with blueberries from July through August.

COVID-19 update: Masks are required while waiting in line, walking on paths, or in a tent. Social distancing is necessary, and pets are not allowed.

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