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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.