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Best Places to Go Berry Picking from NYC

June 3, 2012

Berry picking season is just beginning!

Everyone wants summer’s fresh berries and June marks the beginning of berry season. But instead of picking up your berries at the bodega, grocery store or farmer’s market, how about picking them off the bushes yourself? One of the best ways to enjoy berries is to pick-your-own where you simply pay for the cost of a pint and fill them up with the season’s best fruits.  Check out some of our top picks and please add your votes and choices for berry picking in the area.

LONG ISLAND

Patty’s Berries and Bunches (Formerly Harbes Berry Farm)
410 Sound Avenue
Mattituck, NY 11951
(631) 298-4679
Email: pattysberriesandbunches@gmail.com
Pick-your-own hours: June- October – 9:00-6:00pm (Berry picking ends at 5:30pm)

Patty’s Berries specializes in a wide range of you pick and pre-picked berries. Through the season, you can pick Strawberries (June), Blueberries (July/August), Raspberries (July, Middle August), Blackberries (August), Fall Raspberries (Late August/September), Fresh Cut Bunches (June/September). They also have honey from hives, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, and a picnic area. Check out their berry picking chart – http://www.pattysberriesandbunches.com/#!__berrychart for additional information.
How to get there: From New York City and points west: Take the LIE (495) east to exit 71. Take a left on Edwards Avenue and continue North (straight) for 3.8 miles. Take a right on Sound Avenue. Continue East on Sound Avenue for 10 miles. From Orient, Greenport and points east: Travel west on Route 48 to our Sound Avenue Mattituck location (approximately 25 miles from Orient Point).

Lawrence Farms Orchards
39 Colandrea Road
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 562- 4268
Pick-your-own hours: Open everyday from 9am – 4pm

The farm has a great selection for pick-your-own berries. They have strawberries and peas (June), sweet cherries (black, red, white), sour cherries, raspberries, currants (red, black, white) gooseberries (mid-late-July) and apples (in September). At the farm you can also purchase fresh spinach, rhubarb, apricots, plums, and peaches. You can also pick your own greens there like lettuce and spinach.  Check out the Pick-Your-Own Schedule for crop availability. While at the farm, be sure to go to the bakery for homemade muffins, jam and doughnuts.
How to get there: By car the trip is 1 hour and 40 minutes. Take the NY State Thruway (I-87) to exit 17 (Newburgh). Take I-84 East to exit 10 (RTE. 9W). Turn left on RTE. 9W North. Go North on RTE. 9W for 1 1/2 miles to the second traffic light and turn left onto Fostertown Road. Go 1 mile and turn right onto Frozen Ridge Road.  Go 2 miles to Lawrence Farms Orchards on the right.

Golden Earthworm Organic Farm
652 Peconic Bay Blvd
Jamesport, NY 11947
(631) 722-3302
Email: info@goldenearthworm.com
Pick-your-own hours: Wednesday: 11am-6pm and Friday and Saturday: 9am -5pm

An organic farm where you can pick strawberries and lavender flowers, Golden Earthwarm Organic is also a great place to take a walking tour, experience a hayride, cooking demo or live music. Golden Earthworm also grows many vegetables like organically grown heirloom tomatoes, cut flowers, beans, melons, peas, salad greens, beats, carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, eggplant, summer and winter squash, plants, and herbs for many CSA’s.
How to get there: From New York City and points west: Take the LIE (495) east to the last exit (Exit 73). Continue to head east on Route 58. At the traffic circle in Riverhead, stay on Route 58 (go straight). Cross over Route 105, and continue east (go straight) on Route 25 for about 2 miles into Jamesport. Make a right on Washington Avenue. (Just past Jamesport True Value Hardware on your right.) Go over railroad tracks and make a right at the first stop sign onto Peconic Bay Blvd. We are just about a mile down the road on the right. There is a long tree-lined driveway.

Lewin Farms
http://www.lewinfarm.com/
812 Sound Avenue
Wading River, NY 11792
(631) 929-4327
Pick-your-own hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm – Subject to season and availability, weather permitting.

A 1,100-acre farm, Lewin Farms is a great place to pick your own apples, blackberries, blueberries, eggplant, nectarines, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries and tomatoes. Click here for picking updates.
How to get there: LIE exit 68 North William Floyd Parkway, right to 25A, 3 lights, Left onto Sound Avenue, 1 mile on right 4 miles to Sound Ave., 1/4 mile on left.

NEW JERSEY

Alstede Farms
1 Chesterfield Drive
Chester, New Jersey
(908) 879-7189
Pick-your-own hours: 9 am – 7 pm (last ticket sold at 6:30pm) – Call ahead to confirm picking conditions.

****Their Annual Strawberry Harvest Festival is June 9th, 10th: enjoy a scenic farm hayride to their large strawberry patch and chow down on some strawberry treats like milkshakes, ice cream and shortcake. 
Alsteade Farms is a great place to pick-your-own berries. The farm has strawberries, raspberries, currants, blackberries, and blueberries. Admission for berry picking is $5.00 per person (this includes a $3.00 coupon towards a purchase and free hayrides). Please check out the pick-your-schedule for crop availability: http://www.alstedefarms.com/content.php?id=198&lo=26#PYO

The special farm activities that occur from 12-4 pm every Wed, Fri, Saturday and Sunday  include: pony rides, moonbounce, wagon train ride and corn kingdom.  You can see the farm animals and climb the giant hay pyramid every day of the week.
How to get there: 1 hour by car from NYC. By rail: take the NJ Transit to Gladstone Station and Chester Limousine offers shuttle service to Alstede Farms for $10.

Demarest Farms
244 Werimus Road
Hillsdale, NJ 07642
(201) 666-0472
Pick-your-own hours: 10 am – 4:30 pm

Dermaest Farms is a great place to pick your own cherries, strawberries and blueberries (June) and raspberries, blackberries and plums (July) at the farm. Stay for some good food- you can choose from their salad bar or full country deli menu. Hayrides happen all weekend, but if you want to go on a weekday, you need to make a reservation.
How to get there: Trip should take about 50 minutes from Brooklyn in a car. By rail: take the NJ Transit Rail to Hillsdale (Montclair-Boonton Line). Take a taxi for about 5 minutes to the farm.

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ
(609) 924-2310
Pick-your-own hours: Monday – Sunday from 9 am – 5 pm

There is much to do and see at the Terhune Orchards. In addition to a fantastic pumpkin patch in the fall and an apple farm, Terhune also has berry picking. They have both sweet and sour cherries blueberries (June), strawberries (May and June), and raspberries and blackberries (July). Check out the Pick-Your-Own Schedule to plan your trip. If you have a vehicle nut like we do, your kid will love the mini ride-along tractors that make your kid feel like a real working farmer.  There is also a barnyard of animals for the children to view and pet. There is also a walking farm trail that you can amble down while savoring your just-picked berries. If you are a bit hungrier, they do have a full farm store with bakery and lots of fresh produce and chicken pot pies to take home for later.
How to get there: It should take about 1.5 hours to get there by car. By rail: Take the NJ Transit Northeast Corridor- Direction: Trenton Transit Center.  Call to make sure that the correct stop is Princeton and then take a taxi to the orchard.

WESTCHESTER

Hurds Family Farm
2187 Route 32
Modena, NY 12548
(845) 883-7825
Pick-your-own hours: Monday – Friday 9am-5pm and Weekends 10am-6pm

What to do: A fun place to pick raspberries, Hurds Family Farm hosts a raspberry festival- this years dates have not yet been released. Last year’s was in late August. Berries are $3.00 for a 1/2 pint and $4.50 for a pint. From 1-5pm on Sunday, pick berries for the Hudson Valley Food Bank and get a FREE raspberry sundae! It is not open for berry picking other than the raspberry festival.
How to get there:
By car, it’s about a 2-hour drive. http://hurdsfamilyfarm.com/findFarm.php

HUDSON VALLEY

Farm At Kristy’s Barn
2385 Brookview Road
Schodack, NY
(518) 477-6250
Pick-your-own hours: Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

At the Farm At Kristy’s Barn you can pick-your-own strawberries (Early June through July 4th), red and black raspberries (1st week in July through mid August), currants (mid July through mid August) apples (Early September through mid October) and pumpkins (End of September through October). Located just 10 minutes outside of Albany, the farm does focuses on minimal spraying, which means they only spray their crops only when they absolutely need to. The farm also have a petting zoo. Call ahead for the season’s picking schedule. Their farm store sells jams, honey and meat.
How to get there: 2 hours from Brooklyn by car. For directions, please visit: http://www.kristysbarn.com/mapcontactus.html

Mead Orchards
15 Scism Road
Tivoli, NY 12583
(845) 756-5641
Picking hours: see schedule below
A picturesque 180-acre family farm, Mead Orchards offers pick-your-own apples, tart cherries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, pumpkins, and strawberries.

This is the current schedule:

Strawberries:
June Weekdays: Afternoons – 3 to 7 pm, Weekends: 10 am to 6 pm

Cherries (Tart and Sweet)
Mid-June to Mid-July Weekends and Independence Day: 10 am to 6 pm

Blueberries:
July Weekends and Independence Day: 10 am to 6 pm
August Weekends:  10 am to 6 pm

Please refer to the Pick-Your-Own page for further details. Note: U-Pick items / dates subject to change on short notice. Call ahead for schedule: (845) 756-5641.

How to get there: They are located 100 miles north of Manhattan. From Westchester County or Manhattan area – Take Taconic Parkway north to the Pine Plains/Red Hook exit. Go west onto Route 199 to Red Hook — go 8 miles. North (right) at the Red Hook Village traffic light onto Route 9 — go 4 miles. Turn west (left) onto County Route 78 — go 1/4 mile. Right onto Scism Road — go less than 100 yards and you’ll see our big red barn on the left.

Altamont Orchards
6654 Dunnsville Road
Guilderland, NY 12009
(518) 861-6515
Pick-your-own hours: Season starting soon, check the hotline.

Altamont Orchards, a U-Pick farm offers pick-your-own apples, strawberries, pumpkins, and tomatoes. They also suggest bringing your own containers to save money off of the berry picking. Their Strawberry Festival is June 16th, 2012 where there will be bounce houses, wine tasting, music and strawberry foods. Berry picking has not started here yet, but they anticipate it will begin in mid-June.
How to get there: By Car: NY Thruway I-87 to Exit 24 to Rt. 20 West (Western Ave.) exit to Rt. 20 West, 10 miles to Rt. 397, left on Rt. 397, 1 mile on left

Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont Road
Altamont, NY
Pick Your Own hotline: (866) 640-PICK
Pick-your-own hours: 9am until 5:00 pm

Indian Ladder Farms, a you-pick farm offers pick-your-own strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes, apples and pumpkins. It is best to call and check conditions on the day you wish to pick. The farm also has farm animals, local foods, unique gifts, toys, fresh baked homemade pies and goodies from their bakery.

Thompson-Finch Farm
750 Wiltsie Bridge Road
Ancram, NY
(518) 329-7578
Pick-your-own hours: 8am – 5pm, rain or shine.

Thompson-Finch Farm, a family-operated and certified organic u-pick farm offers pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and apples. The farm is known region wide for its high quality fruit and long “pick-your-own” season.
How to get there: 3 hours by car from NYC.

Berry Farm
2309 State Route 203
Chatham, NY 12037
Pick-your-own hours: 9am – 6pm

Berry Farm, an organic you-pick farm that offers pick-your-own berries. Featuring locally grown pesticide free and organic produce, you can pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries and peaches.
How to get there: 2.5-3 hours by car from NYC.

LoveApple Farm
1421 Route 9H
Ghent, NY
Pick-your-own hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Love Apple Farm offers pick-your-own cherries, strawberries, red & black raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, currants, and gooseberries. Please check out their current schedule at http://www.loveapplefarm.com/our-fruit-harvest-schedule–pick-your-own.html.

The farm also offers a large assortment of delicious fruits and vegetables, gift items, homemade and home cooked foods, and “made from scratch” pies, cider donuts, breads and cookies from the bakery. For kids there is also a playground and petting zoo.
How to get there: Take West Side Highway North to Henry Hudson Parkway North
to Sawmill River Parkway North to Taconic State Parkway North, (all of these roads flow one to the other and are clearly marked). Stay on Taconic Parkway ( roughly 75 miles) to Hudson/Ancram Exit. Go right on 82. Proceed to first stoplight (Bell’s Pond), turn right onto 9H. Continue for 10.5 miles and we’re on the left.