Where to Pick Your Own Berries in the Hudson Valley

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

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

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DuBois offers a rainbow of produce during pick-your-own season. Keep an eye out for strawberries in late May, nectarines and peaches in early July through September, and plums in early July to the beginning of September. Later in the season, tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers 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 late July to August. Other fruits at the farm include cherries, raspberries, peaches, apples, and pears. Plus, when onsite, sip farm-fresh ciders on tap at Treasury Cider.

Greig Farm

Red Hook

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Get your berry fix with strawberries in June, blueberries from July to mid-August, and blackberries from early August to mid-September. Visitors can also pick veggies like asparagus in May and peas in June. Those spending a day at the farm can enjoy four miles of farm trails, sweets and treats at the café, goods from local artisans at the SoHu Craft Market, and much more. Greig Farm’s playful goats are especially fun to watch.

Halfway Acres

Campbell Hall

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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 June 24 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.

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.

Lawrence Farms Orchards

Newburgh


The U-pick season starts in June with strawberries. Throughout the summer, Lawrence Farms Orchards offers a variety of unique produce such as sweet and sour cherries, apricots, currants, and gooseberries. Find other delicious treats at the concession stand, including muffins and pies. Children can explore the adorable mini-house playground.

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Mead Orchards

Tivoli


Mead is a favorite for sweet cherries and no-spray blueberry picking in the spring and summer months. In the fall, visit the orchard for apples, pumpkins, a corn maze, and even more autumnal fun. While onsite, shop for farm-fresh tomatoes, peaches, raspberries, sunflowers, and corn. In addition to visiting for U-pick, look for the farm at markets in Pleasantville, Tarrytown, and Rhinebeck.

Ochs Orchard

Warwick

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The 100-acre farm has been in operation since the 1920s. Wear good shoes, because the property is full of rolling hills. Starting in June, Ochs’ U-pick season will commence, promising peas, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, plums, pears, nectarines, and more. (Unfortunately, strawberries are not available this year.) Once back from the fields, visitors can enjoy homemade ice cream from the ice cream counter.

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.

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 strawberries in early June, 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.

Samascott Orchards

Kinderhook


The U-pick season begins in June at Samascott Orchards with ripe strawberries, rhubarb, and peas. Throughout the summer, the orchard offers a wide variety of fruits and vegetables including cherries, grapes, raspberries, blueberries, and summer squash. For an extra layer of U-pick fun, check out the surrey bike rentals to transport your harvest (and your family) in style. Lastly, be sure to stop by the farm store for homemade apple cider donuts and ice cream.

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: Hudson Valley Farmers’ Markets to Visit for Local Fruits and Veggies

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