Where to Pick-Your-Own-Berries and Berry-Picking Farms

One of the Hudson Valley’s best summer activities: berry-picking


Picking your own fruit is one of the purest pleasures of summer. Strawberry season begins in late May and early June; look for plump, firm berries — but remember, they won’t keep for long. Other berries, including blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries, are available throughout the summer.

Greig Farm: Get your berry fix with strawberries available in June, raspberries in July, and blueberries and blackberries in July and August. The farm offers a fresh fruit membership for those who want the fruit, but don’t have time to pick it themselves. Kiddies will love feeding the pygmy goats, and there are koi in a nearby pond. www.greigfarm.com

Kelder’s Farm: Pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries at this farm, which also offers a market with locally made souvenirs and a mini-golf course that boasts the world’s largest garden gnome. www.kelderfarm.com

Fishkill Farms: Blueberry picking is available in July and early August and blackberries are ripe from mid-July through August. Other fruits at the farm include cherries, peaches, nectarines, apples, and pears. www.fishkillfarms.com

Thompson-Finch Farm: This family-owned and operated farm specializes in organic berries and apples. With six acres dedicated to strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, berry pickers should be pleased with the selection. Check Web site for dates and times. www.thompsonfinch.com

And check out these festivals:

Beacon Sloop Club Strawberry Festival
June 9, 12-5 p.m. at Beacon Riverfront Park

Klyne Esopus Museum Strawberry Social
June 15 in Ulster Park

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