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The best strawberry picking in NY

What’s better than filling your belly with berries? Find the best strawberry picking NY has to offer.

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’Tis strawberry season! Here are the spots to find the best strawberry picking NY has to offer! The time of year when those delicious fruits are a-plenty and calling your name, but just because we live in NYC doesn’t mean we’re limited to our supermarket’s fruit aisle. Cut out the middle man by traveling to any of the nearby small farms and orchards teeming with strawberries just waiting to be picked. Because as much as you love your Trader Joe’s produce, there’s nothing fresher than plucking a juicy fruit right off tree and eating it then and there.

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While summer’s in town be sure to fill up on yummy offerings from local farmers’ markets, check out the best outdoor activities for kids, and start planning for those apple picking trips later in the season. And if you’re looking to pair your strawberry picking in NY with a little getaway out of town, try our guides for strawberry picking CT and strawberry picking NJ.

Strawberry picking in NY

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Fishkill Farms

Fishkill Farms

Travel Time: 2hr by car

This diversified fruit and vegetable farm includes over 60+ acres of orchards, vegetable plantings and berry patches. It even has three greenhouses and grows pumpkins in the fall pick-your-own season. On weekends, Fishkill also serves food and beverages—expect hamburgers and hot dogs from the apple-wood grill at the farm, plus soft drinks and fresh-pressed cider (when it’s in season). 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY (845-897-4377, fishkillfarms.com). Daily 9am–6pm. Pay per carton/lb.

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Greig Farm

Greig Farm

Travel time: 2.5hrs by car

Greig Farm is a 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! Families will find juicy strawberries throughout June as well as snap peas, and in July and August you’ll also enjoy blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. While there, visit the Koi fish pond and feed the pygmy goats. 223 Pitcher Ln, Red Hook, NY (845-758-1234, greigfarm.com). Daily 8am–8pm. Pay per carton/lb.

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Lawrence Farms Orchards

Lawrence Farms Orchards

Travel time: 2.5hrs by car

A family-owned fruit and veggie farm is just the place to visit during long, hot summers. Kids can cool off by munching on strawberries, sweet cherries, sour cherries, apricots, peaches, gooseberries and more throughout the summer season. Little ones will also love checking out the farm’s show chickens and goats that hang out nearby, and as the cherry on top, the farm offers horse-drawn carriage rides on weekends. 39 Colandrea Rd, Newburgh, NY (845-562-4268, lawrencefarmsorchards.com). Daily 9am–4pm from Memorial Day through October 31. $3, children under 2 free. Pay per carton/lb.

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Lewin Farms

Lewin Farms

Travel time: 2.5hrs by car

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 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. 812 Sound Ave, Calverton, NY (631-929-4327, lewinfarm.com). Wed–Mon 9–4:30pm. Pay per carton/lb.

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Ochs Orchard

Ochs Orchard

Travel time: 1hr 45min by car

Come June, this sweet farm is packed with juicy strawberries 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! Pack a picnic and make a day of the adventure (but don’t be surprised if you’ve eaten all your strawberries by the time it’s through). 4 Ochs Lane, Warwick, NY (845-986-1591, orchorchard.net). Open Thu–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 10am–4pm June–October. Pay per carton/lb.

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Patty’s Berries and Bunches

Patty’s Berries and Bunches

Travel time: 2.5hrs by car

This farm grows 24 varieties of berries across 40 acres of land and while you’ll find blueberries in July and blackberries in August, June is prime-time for strawberry pickers here! You can pick your own in the strawberry patch or grab pre-picked berries sold at the stand. Afterward, swing by the Ice Cream Patch onsite for seasonal flavors made from produce grown right on the farm. 410 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY (631-655-7996 , pattysberriesandbunches.com). Daily 9am–6pm. $5 entry fee includes one container of berries. 

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Mead Orchards

Mead Orchards

Travel time: 2 hours by car

With 180 acres of fruit and vegetable farm to explore, Mead Orchards is definitely worth the trip. From June through October, fruits and berries are available for pick-your-own only on weekends, but luckily for us, you’ll be able to pick plump strawberries every day in June (weekdays 3pm-7pm, weekends 10am-6pm). Be sure to return later in the season for cherries, blueberries and peaches and then apples and pumpkins come fall. 17 Scism Rd, Tivoli, NY (845-756-5641, meadorchards.com). Pay per carton/lb.

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Samascott Orchards

Samascott Orchards

Travel time: 3hrs by car

Summer offerings at this farm include all types of berries, peaches, plums, peas, tomatoes, apples and more. Samascott is also known for their September and October corn maze, so be sure to come back for another visit in the fall and pick your Halloween pumpkins while you’re there. 5 Sunset Ave, Kinderhook, NY (518-758-7224, samascott.com). Open Mon–Sun 9am–8pm June–October. Min purchase $5 per person; fruit priced per lb.

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