2010-11 Guide: Where To Pick Your Own Berries in NY, NJ, and CT




Looking for a great family outing before summer winds down? Check out our comprehensive 2010-11 guide to farms that offer pick-your-own berries in the New York metro area, including Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

*with additional research by Melanie Baker, Perry Martin, Corey Moser, Nicole Schreiber, and Sarah Wormser

Where to Pick Your Own Berries in NY, NJ, and CT; young girl picking raspberries

Plump, ripe berries are making their way onto produce shelves right about now, but what could be sweeter than watching your kids scour a local sundrenched farm field for their own basket of fruit? Well, joining in the fun yourself! Stock up on the season's juicy raspberries, blueberries and peaches - picking your own is a great way for the family to pass a lazy afternoon and save a little money on your grocery bill - then head home and bake some fruit-filled goodies with your kids' help (peach pie or blueberry muffins, anyone?).

 When you head to one of the farms below, keep in mind that all dates are projected, and produce availability is subject to change. Calling ahead before visiting any of these locations is highly recommended.


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Albany County

Goold Orchards
1297 Brookview Station Road, Castleton
518-732-7317; www.goold.com
Pick-your-own strawberries and raspberries in the summer, pick-your-own raspberries in the fall. Open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm.

Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont Road, Altamont
518-765-2956; 866-640-PICK (berry picking hotline); www.indianladderfarms.com
Pick-your-own blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes and cherries. Open 9am-5pm daily. Also offers a petting zoo, store and café with local produce, and hayrides.

Rulfs Orchard
531 Bear Swamp Road, Peru
518-643-8636; linda@rulfsorchard.com; www.rulfsorchard.com
Pick-your-own strawberries and blueberries beginning in mid-July. Open 7am-7pm. Also features a roadside stand and apple cider (after Labor Day), and bakery with open bread market.


Columbia County

Samascott Orchards
5 Sunset Avenue, Kinderhook
518-758-7224; www.samascott.com
Pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Open 8am-6pm daily. On-site farm store with jams and soft-serve ice cream.


Dutchess County

Barton Orchards
63 Apple Tree Lane (County Route 7), Poughquag
845-227-2306; www.bartonorchards.com
Pick-your-own raspberries, blueberries, red and black currants, and gooseberries. Open 9am-5pm daily. On-site farm store with pre-picked produce, honey, jams and jellies, and more.

Dykeman Farm
Located on W. Dover Road across from 776 W. Dover Road, Pawling
845-832-6068; www.dykemanfarm.com
Pick-your-own raspberries from late August till the frost. On-site store with pre-picked veggies and local apples. Open 9am-6pm daily.

Green Horizons Organic Farm
6 South Dingle Road, Pawling
845-855-5555; www.greenhorizonsorganics.com
Pick-your-own raspberries by appointment.


McEnroe Organic Farm

5409 Route 22, Millerton

518-789-4191; www.mcenroeorganicfarm.com

Pick-your-own raspberries through October. Open 9am-6pm daily. On-site store with certified organic produce, dried goods, and more.

Greig Farm
227 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook
845-758-1234; www.greigfarm.com
Pick-your-own blueberries through early August. Pick-your-own red and yellow raspberries through early October. Pick-your-own blackberries in August. Nursery and garden shop on site. Gigi's Market offers lunch and refreshments. Petting zoo for kids.

Secor Farms
63 Robinson Lane, LaGrange
Pick-your-own blueberries. Open Monday-Friday 8am-6m; Saturday 8am-4pm.


Orange County

Apple Ridge Orchards

101 Jessup Road, Warwick 

845-987-7717; www.appleridgeorchards.com

Pick your own white and yellow peaches from mid-August through mid-September. Monday through Thursday by reservation only, 9am-5pm; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and all holidays open to the public 9am-6pm.

Enjoy hay wagon rides, fresh-pressed cider, friendly farm animals for petting, glass observation honey beehive, farm store, and bouncy house.


Hodgson's Farm & Garden Center
2290 Albany Post Road, Walden
845-778-1432; www.hodgsonfarm.com
Pick-your-own blueberries. On-site store with pre-picked produce. Open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-4pm.


Ochs Orchard
4 Ochs Lane (off Reservoir Road, Route 94), Warwick
845-986-1591; www.warwickinfo.net/ochs
Pick-your-own plums and peaches through August, 9am-5pm daily. Farm stand with pre-picked produce, open 9am-6pm.


Oswego County

Sage Creek Orchards
139 Minckler Road, Mexico
315-963-3486; www.sagecreekorchards.com
Pick-your-own blueberries through early August. Also offers pre-picked produce, refreshment stand, picnic area, tractor-pulled hayrides, and face painting. Open 9am-6pm daily through November 15.


Saratoga County

Bacon Hill Blueberries
113 Winney Drive, Schuylerville
Pick-your-own blueberries through August; also offers red and black currants in July.


Bowman Orchards
141 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford
518-371-2042; kevin@bowmanorchards.com; www.bowmanorchards.com
Pick-your-own blackberries through mid-August. Pick-your-own peaches through September. Pick-your-own raspberries through the first frost. On-site farm market with fresh local produce.


Ulster County

Jenkins-Lueken Orchards
Route 299 West, New Paltz
845-255-0999; www.jlorchards.com
Pick-your-own blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries from mid-July through October. Open 9am-6pm daily. On-site store with pre-picked veggies, local maple syrup, and snacks.

Kelder's Farm & U-Pick
5755 Route 209, Kerhonkson 
845-626-7137; www.kelderfarm.com
Pick-your-own blueberries, raspberries, and a variety of vegetables through October. Open 10am-6pm daily. Petting zoo, mini-golf, hayrides, and picnicking available, as well as an on-site store with pre-picked produce, ice cream, honey, maple syrup, jams and jellies, and more.


Long Island

Davis Peach Farm
561 Hulse Landing Rd, Wading River
631-929-1115; www.davispeachfarm.com
Pick-your-own peaches, plums and nectarines; 9am-5pm daily, beginning in July.


Fort Salonga Farm

30 Meadow Glen Road, Northport

631-269-9666; wacapple@optonline.net

Pick-your-own raspberries through October.


Lewin Farms
812 Sound Avenue, Calverton
631-929-4327; www.lewinfarms.com
Pick-your-own peaches. Closed Tuesdays (hours vary, call for availability). Pies are sold on weekends.


Patty's Berries and Bunches

410 Sound Avenue, Mattituck

631-298-4679; www.pattysberriesandbunches.com; pattysberriesandbunches@gmail.com

Pick-your-own raspberries, blueberries and blackberries through August. Pick-your-own fall raspberries through September. Open 9am-6pm (U-pick closes at 5:30pm) daily.


Seven Ponds Orchard
65 Seven Ponds Road, Water Mill
Pick-your-own raspberries, blueberries and blackberries; open July-November, 9am-6pm. On-site market with baked goods and jams; pick-your-own vegetables; children's play area; corn maze.


Wickham Farms
28700 Main Road (Route 25), Cutchogue
631-734-6441; www.wickhamsfruitfarm.com
Pick-your-own raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and peaches through August; open 9am-4pm Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday. Tours available by appointment.


Windy Acres

3810 Middle Country Rd, Calverton


Pick-your-own blackberries, peaches and nectarines through August; open 9am-6pm. Farm stand with pre-picked fruits and vegetables, jams and pies.



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Alstede Farms
84 Route 513 (Old Route 24), Chester
908-879-7189; www.alstedefarms.com
Pick-your-own red and yellow raspberries from mid-August through October and peaches through mid-September. Corn maze with giant hay pyramid, animals for petting, hayrides, pony rides, homemade ice cream, and farm market. Open 9am-7pm daily.


Battleview Orchards
91 Wemrock Road, Freehold
732-462-0756; www.battlevieworchards.com
Pick-your-own straw peaches through the beginning of September and nectarines through the end of August. Pre-picked corn for sale. Country store and a bakery on-site with fresh local produce. Open 9am-6pm daily.


Califon Farm Stand & Orchard

472 Route 513, Califon

908-832-2905; www.melickstownfarm.com
Pick-your-own yellow and white peaches through September; open 9am-6pm daily. On-site store with fresh produce, ice cream and baked goods.


Conte Farms
299 Flyatt Road, Tabernacle
609-268-1010; contefarms@verizon.net
Pick-your-own blueberries and peaches through mid-August. Also offers pre-picked produce, bake shop and soft ice cream. Open 8am-6pm daily, through Thanksgiving.


Demarest Farms
244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale
201-666-0472; www.demarestfarms.com  
Pick-your-own peaches. Farm market with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Open 8am-7pm daily (on weekdays, 9am-3pm by reservation only).


DeWolf's Farm
58 West Colliers Mill Road, New Egypt
609-758-6288; www.dewolfsyoupickfarm.com
Pick-your-own blackberries. Pick-your-own vegetables in August. Open 7am-7pm daily.


Earth Friendly Organic Farm and Bed & Breakfast
17 Olde Noah Hunt Road, Clarksburg
609-259-9744; www.earthfriendlyorganicfarm.com
Pick-your-own blueberries, 9am-5pm daily (call for availability).


Emery's Organic Blueberry Farm
346 Long Swamp Road, New Egypt
609-758-8514; www.netpie.com
Tractor ride to pick-your-own blueberries through early August; fields open 9am-4pm daily. Farm market open 9am-6pm daily.


Fred + III
Odd Fellows Road (Route 663), Pemberton
609-784 4839 or 609-894 2198; www.fredplusthree.com; fdetrick1@verizon.net
Pick-your-own blueberries, 8am-4pm daily.


Fruitwood Farms
419 Elk Road (Route 538), Monroeville
Pick-your-own peaches through August. Open Monday-Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 8am-3pm. On-site store with honey and fresh produce, open Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm.


Hillview Farms
223 Meyersville Road, Gillette
908-647-0957; www.hillviewfarmsnj.com
Pick-your-own blueberries and peaches through August. Open 10am-5pm daily in the summer. On-site farm store with local honey and free-range eggs.


Jackson Mill Farm
304 Jackson Mills Road, Freehold
732-284-9471; www.jacksonmillfarm.com; jmfarm@gmail.com
Pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries; also pick-your-own Oriental vegetables such as Luffa gourds, Chinese cucumbers and water spinach.


Johnson's Corner Farm
133 Church Road, Medford
609-654-8643; www.johnsonsfarm.com
Pick-your-own blueberries through mid-August, pick-your-own peaches through the end of August. Hayrides offered Monday-Friday 10am-1pm; weekends 10am-4pm; Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5-7pm. Farm market, bakery and produce hours are 8am-7pm; ice cream window open till 9pm. Wednesday night is Family Fun Night from 5-8pm; Friday nights the farm hosts a BBQ Family Fun Night, which features a flea market in the parking area.


Lee Turkey Farm
201 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor
609-448-0629; www.leeturkeyfarm.com
Pick-your-own raspberries, peaches, nectarines, apples and pears; open Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 2-6pm. On-site market with sweet corn and homemade pies for sale. Open Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 2-6pm.


Melick's Town Farm

19 King St, Oldwick

Farmers market: 170 Oldwick Road


Pick-your-own strawberries. Open 10am-6pm.


Mood's Farm Market
901 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill
856-478-2500; www.moodsfarmmarket.com
Pick-your-own blueberries, blackberries, sweet and pie cherries; bring your own container; open 8am-7pm daily, closed Sundays. Store on premises with freshly baked donuts and a jelly-making room.

Peaceful Valley Orchards
150 Pittstown Road, Pittstown
908-730-7748 or 908-713-1705; www.peacefulvalleyorchards.com
Pick-your-own strawberries, call for availability. Pick-your-own blueberries, raspberries, blackberries through early November. On-site store with food and refreshments, fresh produce, organic and hormone-free meats and snacks. Petting zoo and tours of the 150-acre farm are available. Open 9am-6:30pm daily.


Phillips Farms
290 Church Road, Milford
908-995-0022; www.phillipsfarms.com
Pick-your-own raspberries, sour cherries and sweet cherries (call for availability). Farmstand with a variety of fresh produce. Open 8am-6pm daily (U-Pick closed on Tuesdays).


Race Farm LLC
87 Belcher Road, Blairstown
908-362-8151; www.racefarmllc.com
Pick-your-own raspberries and a variety of veggies through September. Small market (open through Oct. 31), bakery (fresh-baked goods on weekends), and cider mill on premises. Open 9am-5pm daily.


River Side Homestead Farm
Taylors Lane (at Delaware River), Cinnaminson
Pick-your-own blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and a variety of veggies. Open 9am-6pm daily, closed Sundays. Includes a 100-acre wildlife preserve and nature trail through wetlands and woods.


Schaefer Farms
1051 Flemington/Whitehouse Road (also known as County Route 523), Fleming
908-782-2705; www.schaeferfarms.com
Pick-your-own red raspberries through August. Open Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm. Farm Stand with homegrown sweet corn and a variety of vegetables.


Strawberry Hill Farm
Corner of Waln and Ellisdale Road, Chesterfield
609-298-0823; www.strawberryhillfarm.org
Pick-your-own peaches; call for hours.


Stults Farm
62 John White Road, Cranbury
609-799-2523; www.stultsfarm.com
Pick-your-own blueberries and raspberries; bring your own container. Open Monday-Friday 3-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-1pm. Farmstand with a variety of fruits and vegetables.


Sussex County Strawberry Farm
Route 206, Andover
973-579-5055; www.sussexcountystrawberryfarm.com
Pick your own raspberries in September and October. Open Monday-Friday 7am-6pm, Saturday 7am-3pm, and Sunday 7am-3pm. Also has a greenhouse with flower picking.


Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
609-924-2310; www.terhuneorchards.com
Pick-your-own blueberries and blackberries. Open 9am-5pm daily. On-site store with pre-picked produce and baked goods; weekend festivals beginning in September.


The Allen Family Farm
26 Tarkiln Road, Belleplain
609-861-3778; www.come-over.to/TheAllenFamilyFarm
Pick-your-own blueberries; open daily from sunup to sundown. Also have pick-your-own tomatoes (call for availability).


Valley Crest Farm
14 Allerton Road, Lebanon
Pick-your-own blackberries and raspberries through August, peaches through September. Open 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday. On-site stand with pre-picked vegetables.


Valley View Farms
290 Route 206 South, Newton
Pick-your-own raspberries through August. Also offers pick-your-own vegetables. Open 10am-6pm daily.


Von Thun's Country Farm Market
519 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction
732-329-8656; www.vonthunfarms.com
Pick-your-own raspberries and blackberries. Open 9am-6pm daily. On-site market with pre-picked vegetables and plants.



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Fairfield County

Candee Farm
456 Morehouse Road, Easton
Pick-your-own raspberries, end of August till the first frost

Jones Family Farms
Rte. 110 and Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton
203-929-8425; www.jonesfamilyfarms.com
Pick-your-own strawberries and blueberries through late August; open 8am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday and 8am-12pm Sundays (blueberry fields closed Sundays and Mondays)

Silverman's Farm
451 Sport Hill Road (Route 59), Easton
203-261-3306; www.silvermansfarm.com
Pick-your-own peaches beginning in July

White Silo Farm and Winery
32 Route 37 East, Sherman
860-355-0271; www.whitesilowinery.com
Pick-your-own, yellow and orange raspberries and blackberries, September-October; special blackberry bushes without thorns; open 10am-6pm Friday-Sunday.