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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.

 

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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.

 

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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, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, apples, plums, and pears. Plus, when onsite sip farm-fresh ciders on tap at Treasury Cider.

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 from the middle of July, and peaches in August. Sign up for “fruit blasts” to stay up-to-date on the status of ripening produce in Hudson.

 

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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. Take advantage of online ordering and contactless pickup for comfort and convenience. Those spending a day at the farm can enjoy four miles of farm trails, a farm market and kitchen, 25 local artisans inside the SoHu Craft Market, and much more. Greig Farm’s playful goats are especially fun to watch.

 

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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. Reservations are required for entry and can be made online to ensure fun-filled days at the Orange County farm.

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. Get your tickets online now, or opt for a season pass to visit during each fruit’s prime ripeness.

 

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Mead Orchards

Tivoli

Mead is a favorite for sweet cherries from late-June through July and blueberries in July. Over 100 acres of crops overlook the majestic Catskills. This year, strawberries will not be in the rotation due to older beds and hungry deer. While onsite, shop farm-fresh tomatoes, peaches, raspberries, and corn. In addition to visiting for U-pick, look for the farm at markets in Pleasantville, Tarrytown, Kingston, and Rhinebeck.

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. Wear good shoes, because the property is full of rolling hills. Once back from the fields, visitors can enjoy fresh-picked snacks outside.

Prospect Hill Orchards

Milton

Head to Prospect Hill for sweet and sour cherries beginning at the end of June (check the site at the start of the month for cherry-picking). 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. Find breathtaking views and fresh products like homemade granolas and jams.

 

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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 offers 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. Plus, Rose Hill Ferments serves small-batch ciders and delicious naturally fermented wines.

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 fruit pies, muffins, and biscotti, with plenty of gluten-free options available as well. Fresh flowers from the farm greenhouse are available for purchase.

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.

Related: Sign up for These Hudson Valley CSAs for Farm-Fresh Produce