The best blueberry picking in NYC

Go blueberry picking with the kids for a fun family adventure away from the city
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It's a great time for blueberry picking near NYC! We're here to help you find all the best spots, including all the best blueberry picking NY, blueberry picking NJ and blueberry picking CT have to offer. Fill your baskets to the brim with your favorite berries to take home (Though be prepared: They're so good that they might not make it all the way there!). 

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to where to pick your own fruits and vegetables near NYC

Don't forget to explore our guide to amazing day trips from NYC as well as these delicious family dinner ideas and recipes for kids to make following your adventures.

*Please be sure to call ahead/check website for your preferred farm's hours and availability*

 

Blueberry picking near NYC

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Kelder's Farm & U-Pick

Travel time: 2 hours 45 min by car from NYC

A newer addition to Kelder's Farm, blueberries are available in the summer months (alongside other favorites like strawberries, backberries and raspberries). For blueberries specifically, your best time to visit will be July through September. Apples, grapes and pumpkins are also available in the fall! Last, Kelder's offers a petting farm, mini golf and the world's third largest garden gnome. Kelder's Farm & U-Pick, Kerhonkson, NY (kelderfarm.com). PYO: Daily 10am–6pm. 

Fishkill Farms

Travel time: 2 hours by car from NYC

Fishkill Farms offers everything your belly desires—and if you're in for blueberries, visit in July. In June, they also offer strawberries, and later in the season you'll find peaches, nectarines, apples and pumpkins. In the fall, be sure to visit for Harvest Festival weekends—you'll find live music, hayrides and great homemade donuts, cider and snacks. Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction, NY (fishkillfarms.com). PYO: Daily 9am–6pm (last entry 5pm).

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Lewin Farms

Travel time: 2.5 hours by car from NYC

This gorgeous 110-acre pick your own berry farm offers ripe strawberries in June, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries June through August, plus peaches, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, apples, pumpkins, gourds, squash and even Christmas trees, depending on the month you visit. In fall, be sure to check out Lewin’s corn maze, featuring a new design over five acres every year. Lewin Farms, Wading River, NY (lewinfarm.com). PYO: Daily 9am–4:30pm.

Ochs Orchard

Travel time: 1 hour 45 min by car from NYC

Come June, this sweet farm is packed with juicy blueberries just waiting to be picked! And that’s not all—there’s a small petting zoo where kids can meet cute animals (mini goats, donkeys and ducks) and it’s also an amazing place to see some gorgeous valley views!  Ochs Orchard, Warwick, NY (orchorchard.net). PYO: Wed–Sun 9am–5pm, cash only.

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Greig Farm

Travel time: 2 hours 45 min by car from NYC

Greig Farm is a true veteran when it comes to PYO. It’s been in the business for more than 60 years, planting only the best varieties for visitors to taste! Pick sweet blueberries to your heart's desire through August, and don't forget to grab some raspberries and blackberries through August as well. As an added bonus for the kids, the Farm has adorable teeny tiny pygmy goats to visit behind GiGi Market (227 Pitcher Ln). Greig Farm, Red Hook, NY (greigfarm.com). PYO: Daily 8am–8pm.

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Thompson-Finch Farm

Travel time: 2 hours 45 min by car from NYC

July and August are the best times to visit Thompson-Finch Farm for plump blueberries. This five generation family-owned farm is worth a visit not only for its delicious berries, but for its sprawling views and dedication to eco-friendliness. They even have a biodeisel-fueled tractor that uses waste oils from several nearby restaurants and a school. Pretty awesome. Thompson-Finch Farm, Ancram, NY (thompsonfinch.com). PYO: Daily 8am–5pm. 

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Mead Orchards

Travel time: 2 hours 50 min by car from NYC

With 180 acres of fruit and vegetable farm to explore, Mead Orchards is definitely worth the trip. From June through November, fruits and berries are available for pick-your-own on weekends. Blueberries will be available for U-Pick from late June through the middle of August, followed by apples and pumpkins in the fall. Mead OrchardsTivoli, NY (meadorchards.com). PYO: Sat, Sun 10am–6pm.

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Alstede Farms

Travel time: 1 hours 33 min by car from NYC

Alstede Farms has a great selection of pick your own blueberries! Little ones will love exploring the rows to find the prettiest picks while live music plays (weekends only). There’s also a moon bounce, corn kingdom, wagon train ride and even pony rides for the little ones. Other summer produce offerings include green and pink gooseberries, strawberries, currants, red and black raspberries and cut-your-own flowers. Alstede Farms, Chester, NJ (alstedefarms.com). PYO: Daily, various hours.

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Terhune Orchards

Travel time: 2.5 hours by car from NYC

This 225-acre farm has plenty for you and the kids to enjoy!  Pick your own blueberries, strawberries and cherries are available, and come July, you’ll find juicy blackberries, too! After you’re done picking, check out the farm’s sheep, goats, horse, ducks and chickens, then try out pedal tractors and stationary tractors nearby. 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ (609-924-2310, terhuneorchards.com). PYO: Daily 9am–5pm. 

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Johnson's Corner Farm

Travel time: 2 hours by car from NYC

Stop by in July while the pickings are good! This farm also offers sweet corn and peaches depending on the season. Hayride and Barnyard access are available for a small fee. Johnson's Corner Farm, Medford, NJ (johnsonsfarm.com). PYO: Various hours, see website for details.

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Silverman's Farm

Travel time: 2 hours by car from NYC 

There's plenty to see at Silverman's Farm in Easton! U Pick raspberries are available in late June, peaches in mid July and blueberries/apples in August. In fall, you'll find pumpkins and tractor rides, and in winter, enjoy freshly cut Christmas trees, wreaths and more. Year-round, kids can also see, pet or feed animals like llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats and exotic birds at Silverman's Animal Farm for a small fee. Silverman's Farm, Easton, CT (silvermansfarm.com). PYO: Various times, call ahead.

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March Farm

Travel time: 2 hours 45 min by car from NYC

This CT staple offers plenty of fruit for the picking! Located in the rolling hills of Litchfield County, March Farm offers a farmer’s market and bakery with delicious baked goods and preserves, plus blueberries and strawberries in the summer. When you’re done picking your loot, head over to the Hayloft Playscape, where you’ll find a mini hayloft, mini schoolhouses, slides, swings and more for the kiddos to climb on. March Farm, Bethlehem, CT (marchfarm.com). PYO: Various times, see website for details.

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Maple Bank Farm

Travel time: 2 hours 30 min by car

Available in July and early August, Maple Bank Farm offers deicious blueberries on impressively huge blueberry bushes. You'll also find delicious tomatoes and Zinnias in summer, apples, pumpkins, gourds and squash in fall and handmade wreaths available at the farmstand in winter. Cute metal pails are offered on loan for berry collecting, but you're welcome to bring your own baskets as well. Maple Bank Farm, Roxbury, CT (maplebankfarm.com). PYO Wed–Sun 8am–5pm. 

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Evergreen Berry Farm

Travel time: 2 hours 45 min by car from NYC

Located in the Litchfield Hills on 29 acres of field, forest and ponds, Evergreen Berry Farm boasts tasty berries ripe for the picking. This year, blueberries are its primary PYO crop—expect black raspberries, red raspberries and blackberries in 2016. Evergreen Berry Farm, Watertown, CT (evergreenberryfarm.com). 

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Jones Family Farms

Travel time: 2 hours 15 min by car

Take a trip to Jones Family Farms for some delicious berries this season. It offers blueberries and strawberries during the summer months, and you even get a ride on the Berry Ferry when you're headed out to the fields. The farm also has pumpkin picking and Christmas trees, depending on the time of your visit. As an added bonus, there’s also an on-site winery should you want to do some sampling! Jones Family Farms, Shelton, CT (jonesfamilyfarms.com). PYO: Tues–Sat, call ahead for hours.

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Lyman Orchards

Travel time: 2.5 hours by car from NYC 

Owned and operated by the Lyman Family since 1741, this family business is recognized as the 12th oldest in America. Strawberries are available June through early July, and after that you’ll find jostaberries, blueberries and raspberries during summer months. For those with a penchant for golf, there’s also Lyman Orchards Golf Club nearby. Lyman Orchards, Middlefield, CT (lymanorchards.com). PYO: Daily 8am–5pm. 

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Bishop's Orchards

Travel time: 2.5 hours by car from NYC 

Blueberries are the first PYO fruit of the season at Bishop’s, and the picking is great from the middle of July through late August. Later in the summer season, the Orchards also have PYO raspberries, plus peaches, apples and pumpkins in the fall. If you're visiting between September and June, be sure to pick up some of Bishop's homemade apple cider. Bishops Orchards, Northford, CT (bishoporchards.com). Open weekends only, call ahead for details.

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