Sunflower Farms in the Hudson Valley: Where to Find Them

A hallmark of the late-summer season in the Hudson Valley is strolling through fields of bright, colorful sunflowers—and bringing a few home.

Who can resist the allure of a field of golden sunflowers? Several iconic Hudson Valley farms and gardens grow the late-summer plant, to dazzling results. Whether you’re searching for the perfect Instagram photo or want to source delicious sunflower oil for home cooking, these destinations are delightful sunny day excursions.

Barton Orchards

Poughquag

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Barton Orchards is a Hudson Valley institution. The eastern Dutchess farm is best-known for fall fun: corn mazes, apple cider donuts, and autumnal beverages on tap. However, for two weekends in late summer, Barton becomes a summertime paradise. Its annual sunflower festival celebrates the harvest of nearly 100,000 sunflowers. Visitors can get lost in the field, all the while enjoying farm-fresh treats. Live music and craft vendors make the entire experience perfect. This year’s festival runs August 25-27 and September 1-4.

Brittany Hollow Farm

Rhinebeck

Stroll through eight gorgeous fields of flowers just outside the heart of Rhinebeck.  On three acres of verdant farmland, the Mosher family has grown a huge variety of plants for over 35 years, including zinnias, strawflowers, butterfly weed, and, of course, sunflowers. Brittany Hollow Farm provides guests with a one-gallon golden bucket (for $20 per person) to collect equally yellow sunflowers. Bonus: if you bring your bucket back, refills are only $15!

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Fishkill Farms

Fishkill

What can’t Fishkill Farms do? The legendary Hudson Valley apple-picking destination grows a bounty of sunflowers at the end of August. All pick-your-own activities at the Dutchess County farm must be reserved in advance. Flower packages include entry for up to five people for $36, along with a half-gallon container to fill with plants from the organic herb and flower garden. Of course, enjoying a few fresh ciders at Treasury Cider is always an option.

Germantown Farms

Germantown

Some of the most magical Hudson Valley moments are when you get a little lost in nature. Germantown Farms encourages guests to explore the green pastures, red barns, and, of course, breathtaking wildflowers. On over 128 sprawling acres, sunflowers grow tall in a completely pesticide-free environment. Guests can pick flowers from July through September, donating to local Germantown nonprofits along the way. The farm also boasts a butterfly immersion experience, hayfields to relax in, and seasonal vegetables.

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Hudson Valley Cold Pressed Oils

Pleasant Valley

In the beginning of August, Hudson Valley Cold Pressed Oils hosts travelers for good old-fashioned sunflower picking. Situated on a former free-range egg farm, this family-run operation is more than just an Insta-famous photo-op. The Pleasant Valley farm produces biodiesel from its abundance of sunflowers. The golden crowned plants offer the highest yield per acre of any oil-producing crop. The Haight family crafts truffle sunflower oil, skincare products, gluten-free sunflower flour, sunflower hummus, gluten-free baking mixes, jewelry, and more. Live music and other events keep guests on the farm long after they snap pictures. It’s completely free to enter the fields, with a $5 admission fee per car after 5 p.m. on evenings with live music, and sunflowers are $3.50 a piece to take home. Alternatively, buckets cost $35.

Jones Farm

Cornwall

Cornwall’s Jones Farm has a long history, dating back to 1914 and the arrival of Oliver Cromwell’s descendants. Come for the fresh-cut sunflowers and stay for the people. Many of the farmers and staff grew up on or near the farm. Grandma Phoebe’s Kitchen bakes and cooks up farm-to-table delicacies, including “deadly” carrot cake, chocolate walnut rugelach tarts, and plenty of specialties. One seasonal highlight is rhubarb apple crisp, homegrown apples and rhubarb under a delightfully crunchy topping.

Kelder’s Farm

Kerhonkson

Mark your calendars, Hudson Valley. The month of August officially marks Kelder’s Farm’s “Sunflower Extravaganza” 2023. Thousands of sunflowers bloom on the six-acre Kerhonkson farm. On a leisurely walk through the fields, visitors will find a vast array of colors—not just the expected yellow. Plus, there are opportunities to pet cute farm animals, play a few rounds of mini-golf, and get a photo with the original “World’s Largest Garden Gnome.” Farmyard and pick-your-own passes are available online for entry.

Sunflower Valley Farm

New Hampton

From August 4 until all the flowers are picked, Sunflower Valley Farm delights visitors to Orange County. The opening night of the “Sunset in the Sunflowers” event will feature live music from Sons of Hudson band and multiple food trucks including Cousins Maine Lobster, Smokin’ Grate BBQ, and Gyro Express. Admission is $10 for adults and includes three flowers which you choose and pick.

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