This Season’s Best Picks
The time is ripe to get your hands on the Hudson Valley’s bounty
Nothing defines summer dining in the Hudson Valley quite like the surplus of fruits and vegetables that crop up in the area’s seasonal heat. And with so many farms offering U-pick produce this time of year, why not go straight to the source? Not only is freshness guaranteed, but you’ll be supporting farmers, promoting sustainability, and boosting the local economy—all while having fun. So pack your water bottle, grab a bucket, roll up your sleeves, and get picking!
A mainstay of the area’s summer produce is the wide variety of berries cultivated throughout the valley. If you’re interested in getting your hands on some this summer, head to Greig Farm (www.greigfarm.com) in Red Hook. Located on a well-maintained 400-acre property, it offers summer visitors the opportunity to pick strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Kelder’s Farm (www.keldersfarm.com) in Kerhonkson is another great choice for berries, although it is probably better known for its very large gnome statue and giant jumping pillow (yes, seriously!).
Peaches are another quintessential summer fruit available in the Hudson Valley. Their temperamental growing conditions require delicate farming, however, so they are not always available for public picking. Both Dykeman’s Farm (www.dykemanfarm.com) in Pawling and Boehm Farm (go to their Facebook page) in Climax offer pick-your-own peaches, but make sure to call ahead and verify availability of this limited crop.
Fruit may get all the U-pick glory, but pick-your-own vegetables can also be found throughout the Valley. Don’t miss Duryea Farms in Spring Valley or Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center (www.hilltophanoverfarm.org) in Yorktown Heights if savory seasonal vegetables are more your thing.