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Go Berry Picking in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

Go Berry Picking in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

Take your kids berry picking in the New York metro area for an afternoon of fresh air and fun.

UPDATED JUNE 18: There are many reasons why summer is the best time of year–not least of which is the abundance of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, and more you can find to pick in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. We've compiled a selection of u-pick farms and orchards that offer pick-your-own berries in the summer and fall in the New York metro area. While not all locations we spoke to listed out what they're doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus, it's a good idea to have everyone in your party wear face masks, bring hand sanitizer, and make sure to practice proper hand hygiene and social distancing guidelines while visiting these farms, patches, and orchards.

Berry Picking in New York

Berry Picking on Long Island

Garden of Eve
4558 Sound Ave.,  Riverhead
Hours: daily, 9am-6pm
Admission: $7.95 per person
Admission for u-pick customers includes admission to the fun fields play area, plus wagon hay rides on weekends, 11am-4pm (weather permitting). Pick-your-own fruits and veggies are subject to availability (call ahead to confirm what's available): strawberries in June; blueberries late June to mid-August; blackberries mid-July to August; tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant August-October; corn mid-July to late August; pumpkins September-October.

Lewin Farms
812 Sound Ave., Calverton
Hours: daily, 9am-4:30pm (occasionally the farm closes early due to weather conditions)
The farm offers a variety of u-pick fruits and vegetables throughout the summer and into fall. U-pick fields are cash only; there is an ATM at the farm stand. Please call ahead to confirm u-pick availability. Strawberry season is in June; raspberries late June through early September; blueberries late June to mid-August; blackberries late July through late August; peaches mid-July to mid-September; tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and apples late August to late October; pumpkins and gourds late September to late October.

Patty’s Berries and Bunches
410 Sound Ave., Mattituck
[email protected]
Hours: Pick Your Own: daily, 9am-5:30pm 
Admission: $7 per person
 Strawberry season is in June; raspberries in July through mid-August; blueberries  in July through mid-August; and blackberries through August. Seasonal pre-picked flowers and homemade ice cream for sale.  

Wickham's Fruit Farm
28700 Route 25, Cutchogue
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-3pm
This waterfront farm offers pick-your-own throughout the summer and into the fall; please call the morning of to confirm availability. Strawberry season is in June; raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cherries in July; peaches in August; apples and pumpkins in October.

Windy Acres
3810 Middle Country Road, Calverton
Hours: Pick Your Own: Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4:30pm. Farmstand: daily, 9am-5:30pm.
Pick your own strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries, peaches, and nectarines along with a variety of vegetables, apples, and pumpkins. Also has a farm stand with pre-picked fruits and vegetables, jams, and pies.

Berry Picking in Dutchess County

Greig Farm
227 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook
Check-in booth: 263 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook
Hours: Pick your own: daily, 8am-8pm, rain or shine. Café and Market: daily, 9am-7pm
Currently picking strawberries and blueberries start around July 4th. Apples and blackberries start in August and pumpkins in October. The café, market and craft gift shop offers local vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheeses, meats, fish, flowers, and more from local Hudson Valley Farms. The farm launched an online store to encourage customers to order online for contactless curbside pickup or delivery. All guests and staff are required to wear masks when social distancing isn’t possible. Paying with a credit card or Apple Pay is encouraged to limit cash changing hands and shorten time at checkout.

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Berry Picking in Orange County

Ochs Orchard
4 Ochs Lane (off Reservoir Road, Route 94), Warwick
Hours: Pick your own: Please call before heading to the orchard for pick-your-own availability. Store: Monday-Friday, 9am-5:30pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-5pm. 
Pick your own sugar snap peas, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, apples, blueberries, blackberries, tomatoes, and raspberries daily through October. Farm store with ice cream, jams and jellies, honey, apple cider, fresh eggs and much more. When picking your own, find a good spot and pick everything there; masks are required to enter; if the field is too full, you may have to wait in your car for a little bit; large bags, backpacks, and coolers will no longer be permitted; golf cart transportation will not be available; bathrooms, hand sanitizer, and hand washing stations will be available; no pets except service animals. 

Berry Picking in Ulster County

Jenkins-Lueken Orchards
69 Yankee Folly Road, New Paltz
Hours: You Pick: Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm. Store: daily, 9am-7pm.  Strawberry season is in June; blueberries in July, raspberries in mid-July and August; blackberries will be available in mid-August. On-site farm stand with pre-picked veggies, jams and jellies, baked goods, cider, and snacks.

Kelder’s Farm & U-Pick
5755 Route 209, Kerhonkson
[email protected]
Hours: U Pick: Thursday-Tuesday, 10am-6pm. Farm market: Thursday-Tuesday, 10am-6pm; curbside pickup Monday-Saturday, 12-2pm (you can order online).
Pick your own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, currants, blackberries, grapes, apples, pumpkins, and a variety of vegetables through October (based on availability). On-site store offers pre-picked produce, ice cream, honey, maple syrup, jams and jellies, and more. Everyone must wear a mask. Guests must purchase a Pick Your Own Pass or Season Pass for a designated time; each pass includes a produce container (either 1 or 4 quarts); additional containers can be purchased in advance on the ticket page or in advance at the farm as well. Time slots are 30 minutes and a limited number of people are allowed in the fields at a time. The farm is open rain or shine and all sales are final. While online tickets guarantee entry to the farm and picking field, walk-ins will be allowed but entry is not guaranteed. No outside containers are permitted.

Berry Picking in Saratoga County

Bowman Orchards
147 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford
[email protected]
Hours: Pick-Your-Own: Please call to confirm availability and hours each day. Market: daily, 10am-5pm. 
Pick your own strawberries from June until first frost; raspberries starting early July, blackberries mid-July through early September, blueberries late June through early August, and cherries early July until early August. 

Berry Picking in Albany County

Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont Road, Altamont
518-765-2956; 866-640-7425 (Pick Your Own hotline)
Hours: daily, 10am-4pm. Pick Your Own: Tuesday-Friday, 9am-1pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-4pm
Pick your own blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Also offers a petting zoo, a café (open for takeout), and store with local produce. Please call before heading out to confirm availability and find out any last-minute changes for the day.

Rulfs Orchard 
531 Bear Swamp Road, Peru
[email protected]
Hours: daily, 6am-7pm. U-pick: Monday-Saturday, 6am-6pm; Sunday, 6am-5pm
Pick your own strawberries beginning in late June (though logistics were still being figured out at time of press) and blueberries beginning in July. Also features a bakery, local market and gift shop, and a roadside stand.

Berry Picking in Columbia County

Samascott Orchards
5 Sunset Ave., Kinderhook
Hours: Pick-Your-Own: Wednesday-Monday, 8am-5pm (last entry at 4pm)
PYO strawberries, snap peas, and rhubarb during early summer. Later in the season, you can pick blueberries, black raspberries, and sour cherries. On-site farm store with jams and ice cream. Every customer will be required to wear a face mask; reusable containers are not allowed for picking this year (baskets and bags will be available for purchase when you check-in); restrooms are available after check-in to wash hands before heading out to the fields; hand sanitizing stations will be available near the picking fields, which must be used before picking any produce; maintain proper social distance from anyone that is not in your group; eating or drinking in the fields is not allowed, including sampling of produce while picking. 

Berry Picking in New Jersey

Berry Picking in Morris County

Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farm Lane, Chester
Pick Your Own: daily, 9am-6pm (reservations must be made). Ice cream stand: daily, 9am-7pm. Farm store: daily, 9am-6pm. 
Always call or check websites before going. Pick your own blueberries through July, blackberries through September, red and black summer raspberries through July, red fall raspberries from mid-August through October; and sweet corn through October (subject to availability). Cut-your-own flowers July through October. Veggies from July-October. Customers must pre-purchase a PYO ticket on the website; starting at 6 pm the night before, tickets will be available for purchase for the next day’s PYO. Each PYO entry ticket includes a container, the value of fruit associated with filling the container, and courtesy transportation to and from the fields. A time slot will be associated with each entry fee, and time slots will run every 15 minutes from 9am-6pm. During each slot there will only be a certain amount of people allowed on the field to maintain social distancing. Face coverings and social distancing required; no outside food, outside containers, or pets allowed; you can only pick in designated picking areas; there will be multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout the farm.

Hillview Farms
223 Meyersville Road, Gillette
Hours: daily, 9am-6pm (fields close at 5pm)
Pick your own blueberries starting mid-July, peaches through September, flowers through September. 

Berry Picking in Middlesex County

Stults Farm
146 Cranbury Neck Road, Plainsboro Township
Hours: U Pick: Monday-Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
Strawberries, raspberries, honey, lettuce, kate, and beets are available. Farm stand is outdoors, and people should practice social distancing and wear masks. Sign up for email alerts on the website to be notified when different fruits become available for pick-your-own. Farm stand on-site with a variety of fruits and vegetables for purchase. 

Von Thun’s Country Farm Market
519 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction
Hours: U-Pick: daily, 9am-5pm; picking is by reservation only. Farm market: Monday-Friday, 10am-6:30pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-6pm. Greenhouse: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-6pm.
Pick your own blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, vegetables, and more. Call for availability. On-site market with pre-picked vegetables and plants. Picnic, activity, and barnyard areas are closed. Online orders will now be offered Monday-Saturday; at time of checkout you will be given time for pickup. To limit contact, strawberries will be “prepaid” for in containers provided by the staff at check-in, not by weight; pickers must have a reservation; no outside containers allowed; all pickers age 3 and older are required to wear a face mask/face covering; entrance to the fields are separate from Farm Market, so do not park at the Farm Market; hand sanitizer, hand wash stations, and porta potties are in the vicinity of the picking fields; take whatever you touch, and do not taste the fruit; do not loiter after you have finished picking.

Berry Picking in Mercer County

Lee Turkey Farm
201 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 2-6pm; last admission at 5:15pm
Pick your own peaches, melons, apples, and sweet corn (call for availability), along with broccoli, lettuce, eggplant and more.

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
Hours: U Pick: daily, 9am-5pm or as supplies last. Farm store: daily, 9am-5pm
Pick your own strawberries, cherries, blackberries, and blueberries throughout the summer (check website or call for availability). On-site store with pre-picked produce, certified organic veggies, and baked goods. Fresh seasonal flowers available. The number of people allowed per field will be limited to maintain safe social distance, and customers will have 30 minutes to pick. All guests, including children older than 2, must wear face masks. There should be one adult per two children, and kids should stay close to their parents. All items picked must be taken by the customer and purchased. Hand-washing stations will be provided throughout the farm and at the picking field. Credit Card payments requested, and eating produce in the fields is strictly prohibited.

Berry Picking in Connecticut

Berry Picking in Fairfield County

Jones Family Farms
555 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton
Hours: Online reservations highly recommended.
Pick your own strawberries through early July and blueberries mid-July through mid-August. Call for daily updates and location. No parties with more than 5 people. Children under 10 must also have their own Jones picking container or share with one other person; all guests 10 and older are required to pick at least 2 quarts of berries. There will be no play areas, farm animals, or photo ops available, so it is suggested that customers leave children younger than 5 at home; strollers are not allowed. To avoid contact, berries will be prepaid for with reservation based on your container, and not weighed after picking. After picking you don’t need to checkout. Face coverings required. The first time slot (8am-9am) weekdays is reserved for seniors 65 and older. There will be no berry ferry rides, so customers must be prepared to walk a mile and carry their own box. Customers are not allowed to eat berries in the field. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be present, but customers are still advised to bring their own.

Silverman’s Farm
451 Sport Hill Road (Route 59), Easton
Hours: Market: daily, 9am-5pm. PYO: daily, 9am-4:30pm (see below of schedule). 
Pick your own raspberries and blueberries begins in early July; peach picking begins in mid-July; apple picking begins in late August. Pre-picked blueberries and raspberries available for purchase. Animal Farm will be open, however the playground area will remain closed and no picnicking is allowed. Call or check Silverman’s Facebook page for updates. Four customers allowed to shop at a time in the market, preferably one customer from each party; customers can preorder by phone for curbside pickup, this includes doughnuts and pies; customers encouraged to pay by credit card. In the animal farm, a face mask is required for patrons age 2 and older; the Animal Farm will not be taking group reservations for the time being. There will be several hand sanitizing stations.

Berry Picking in New Haven County

Bishop’s Orchards
1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford
203-458-7425 (pick your own hotline, updated daily) or 203-453-2338
Hours: Creamery: Sunday, 11am-9pm; Monday-Thursday, 1-9pm; Friday, 1-10pm; Saturday, 11am-10pm. Pick-Your-Own: Times vary day by day; always call ahead for pick your own times and availability.
Pick your own strawberries mid-June through early July; blueberries mid-July through late August; peaches mid-August to mid-September; raspberries late August to mid-October; pears mid-August to late September; apples late August until late October. This 300-acre farm features an on-site bakery specializing in ice cream, pies and prepared meals; a market with fresh farm produce, cheeses, kid-friendly products, plant-based meals, flowers, and gift baskets; goats, llamas, and alpacas. 

High Hill Orchard
170 Fleming Road, Meriden
Hours: Call or check the website for you-pick schedule. 
Pick your own blueberries starting in July, with the farm stand opening on July 7 with a variety of vegetables.

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