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Cherry U-Pick Orchards in Central New York State in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for cherries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have cherries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Cayuga County

  • Grisamore Farms - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, sweet and sour cherries, pumpkins, Christmas trees, apple cider
    R.D. # 2, Box 238 (1347 Goose Street), Locke, NY . Phone: 315-497-1347. Email: Open: May to October, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 7 pm; Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm; Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Click here for a map and directions. . We press our cider right here on our farm from apples we grow. To make our cider safer, we are installed a UV light. This will kill any possible bacteria in the cider without changing the flavor. Cider is available in our farm store September 25th thru December 10th. Typical harvest start dates (always call before you come, to confirm): Strawberries June 25, , Sweet Cherries July 4, Red Raspberries July 10, Blueberries July 10, Currants July 20. U-Pick Apple varieties and typical harvest start dates:Sansa .........August 25McIntosh.........September 14Gala..............September 14Cortland..........September 28Macoun...........September 28Red Delicious.....September 28Yellow Delicious...September 28Empire...........September 28Crispin...........September 28Granny Smith.....September 28Ida Reds.............October 5Northern Spy........October 5. Please Note: Children are allowed to pick, but we do ask that they have adult supervision. In addition, for the protection of our customers and our crops, we can no longer allow pets in our fields.(UPDATED: August 11, 2022, JBS)

Montgomery County

  • Bellinger's Orchard - Apples, Pears, Pumpkins, Winter Squash, Sweet cherries, Tart Cherries, farm market, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, birthday parties, school tours
    685 Argersinger Road, Fultonville, NY 12072. Phone: 518-922-8558. Email: Open: daily from September through October 9-5. Directions: Take exit 28 from the NYS Thruway and then a left onto Riverside Drive. Make a left onto 30A and go up the hill. Take a right onto VanEpps Road. Go two and one-half miles and then bear right onto Argersinger Road. Our orchard is exactly one mile down the road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Bellinger's Orchard Facebook page. . . Open in November 9-5 closed Tuesdays. PYO Sweet & Tart Cherries in July; Peaches available on our farm wagon in Mid- August; Picked & PYO Apples (Over 40+ varieties!), Pears, Pumpkins, Winter Squash Sept-Mid Nov. Our new farm market features homemade cider donuts, fresh cider, cheese, honey, pie, fudge, salsas, fruit butters, jams & jellies and other delicious local gourmet products made in NYS! Weekend hay wagon rides, corn maze, picnic area & more. (UPDATED: June 1, 2018)

Oneida County

  • Abbott Farms - apples, blueberries, cherries, plums, pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours
    3275 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027. Phone: 315-638-7783. Email: Open: click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: click here for a map and directions. Updates: click here for picking updates. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . . Crops are usually available in April through November.

Oswego County

  • Appledale Orchards - Blueberries, apples, cherries, concessions or refreshment stand, Cider, too!
    6018 State Route 3, Mexico, NY 13114. Phone: 315-963-3628. Open: Call for for hours and availability. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
    Appledale Orchards Facebook page. . (UPDATED: August 06, 2011, by a visitor)
    Comments from a visitor on August 06, 2011: "great fall activities. Owners and employees are very friendly and helpful"
  • Behling Orchards - Apples, blackberries, cherries, pumpkins, strawberries, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze, haunted corn maze, Zombie Paint Ball, straw or hay bale maze, child-sized haybale maze, and prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, wagon rides, face painting, pony rides
    114 Potter Road, Mexico, NY 13114. Phone: 315-963-7068. Email: Open: 8am to 5pm seven days a week September 1st thru October 31st. Directions: Take route 81 to Mexico exit follow signs to Mexico Take Fravor Road to Potter Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . . Crops are usually available in June, July, September, October. Strawberries: June 10th. Raspberries and blackberries: July. Corn maze and other fall activities: open from September15th through October 31st"
  • Fruit Valley Orchard - apples, cherries, currants (red and black), pears, plums, U-pick and already picked, gift shop
    507 Bunker Hill Road, Oswego, NY 13126. Phone: 315-342-3793. Open: Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday, from 1 pm to 5pm. Directions: Take route 104 West and take your second left from SUNY Oswego on to Cemetery Road. Then, take the second right off Cemetery Road and follow the signs. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, WIC Vouchers. . Alternate Phone: 315-343-4595. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Greenhouses open May 1; Apples ready for picking the first week of September through October. We also have a booth every Thursday from 5 pm to 9pm, starting May 15 through October.

Schoharie County

  • Bohringer's Fruit Farm - Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cherries.
    Rte 30, Fultonham, NY . Phone: . Open: June through October 8-5. Click here for a map and directions. Bohringer's Fruit Farm They do not have flush restrooms, but they do have multiple port-o-potties, (UPDATED: September 11, 2021, JBS)
    Comments from a visitor on June 08, 2010: "I love it. No restrooms, no picnic area, just wonderful pick your own fruit."

Tompkins County

  • Littletree Orchards - Apples, cherries, flowers, pears, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries, winter squash, tomatoes, Other fruit or veg, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field
    345 Shaffer Road, Newfield, NY 14867. Phone: 607-564-9246. Open: July 1 through November 15 Littletree Orchards is open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday. Directions: to Littletree Orchards from Ithaca, New York \(only 7.4 miles from Buttermilk Falls St. Park\) From Ithaca take Route 13 south to the Newfield exit. Take the Newfield exit on to Main Street. Take Main Street to Tioga State Bank \(.9 mile\). Take a left at Tioga State Band on to Shaffer Road. Take Shaffer Road \(.4 mile\) and turn at the first left \(this keeps you on Shaffer Road\). Stay on Shaffer Road 1.2 miles and you will find Littletree Orchards on the left. enter Littletree driveway, bear right and stop in at the Apple Barn. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. to from Ithaca, New York (only 7.4 miles from Buttermilk Falls St. Park) From Ithaca take Route 13 south to the Newfield exit. Take the Newfield exit on to Main Street. Take Main Street to Tioga State Bank (.9 mile). Take a left at Tioga State Band on to Shaffer Road. Take Shaffer Road (.4 mile) and turn at the first left (this keeps you on Shaffer Road). Stay on Shaffer Road 1.2 miles and you will find on the left. enter Littletree driveway, bear right and stop in at the Apple Barn. Approximate Harvest Dates sweet Cherries; July raspberries; mid-July - august tart cherries; mid-July - mid-August tomatoes; mid-August - frost peaches; mid-August - mid-September apples; late July - mid- November fresh flowers; August - frost dried flowers; July - mid-November hard shell gourds; July - mid-November winter squash; fall pumpkins; mid-September - October. Doughnuts in the Apple Barn. Basil to pick. Picnic tables on premises. Littletree welcomes formal and informal groups of all ages. Groups can take self-guided tours or have a guided tour. Call for details or to schedule a tour. Littletree is a family friendly orchard which specializing in U-Pick, focused on FUN.


Cherry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Cherry picking tipsIf you are about to pick cherries either directly from a tree, or from a local orchard or market, here's what you need to know to pick the best cherries.

Cherries are a fairly early crop, flowering soon after the last frosts in April and May, setting fruit in June, usually at the same time as strawberries in most areas (but check your area's harvest calendar and call the farm or orchard you are planning to go to a few weeks ahead).

Types of Cherries

There are two types of cherries: sweet cherries and sour cherries (also called tart or pie cherries). The difference is simple: sweet cherries taste sweeter and are eaten fresh. Pie cherries are very tart and most people prefer to use them in pies, jams, preserves, jellies and butters, adding sugar to sweeten them. See further down this page for a list of common cherry varieties and their uses. Washington State, California and Oregon are the primary sweet cherry growing states; they produce almost 90 percent the U.S.'s cherry crop. Michigan produces about 74 percent of tart cherry production. We have a master table of cherry varieties, sweet and sour (pie) in the order in which they ripen.

Cherry picking tips

  • Pick ripe: Cherries, like peaches, continue to increase in size until they are ripe. They should be picked when they are of maximum size and full-flavored.
  • But not under-ripe: Cherries picked before they are fully mature will not ripen off the tree.Cherry tree in an orchard
  • And not over-ripe: when they become soft, mushy or discolored.
  • Pie or sweet: There are 2 main types of cherries: sweet cherries that taste sweet and tart when you eat them fresh, and sour (also called pie cherries) which are too tart for most people to want to eat fresh.
  • For all varieties of sweet cherries, the darker the cherry is the sweeter it will be. If you like more sour cherries the lighter red and less ripe, the more tart it will be.
  • Stem separation: Sweet cherries become firm when ripe (the stems usually stay attached when you pick a sweet cherry), and sour cherries part easily from the stem.
  • Leave the stems on sweet cherries: Cherries that are to be shipped will keep longer if the stems are left attached. They will store in the refrigerator for two to three days.
  • Appearance: Look for heavy, firm cherries with a shiny skin and fresh stem.
  • But for immediate use, they can be picked with or without the stems.

How to pick the cherries from the tree

  1. Gently grasp the berry with your fingers and thumb, and
  2. tug gently.
  3. If it is ripe, it will easily come off in your hand, with the stem attached.
  4. Repeat these operations using both hands until each holds 3 or 4 cherries.
  5. Carefully place - don't throw - the fruit into your containers. Repeat the picking process with both hands.
  6. Don't overfill your containers or try to pack the cherries down.

General Picking Tips

Whether you pick Cherries from your own trees, a market or at a Pick-Your-Own farm, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1.  Part the leaves with your hands to look for hidden cherries ready for harvest.
  2. Avoid placing the picked cherries in the sunshine any longer than necessary. It is better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed than in the car trunk or on the car seat.
  3. Cool them as soon as possible after picking. Cherries may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for two or three days, depending upon the initial quality of the berry.

Before you leave to go to the farm:

  1. Always call before you go to the farm - Cherries are affected by weather (especially rain and cooler temperatures) more than most crops. And when they are in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so CALL first! Always call before you go to the farm - Cherries are affected by weather (especially rain and cooler temperatures) more than most crops. And when they are in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so CALL first!
  2. Leave early. On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by NOON!
  3. Most growers furnish picking containers designed for Cherries, but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers.
    If you use your own containers, remember that heaping Cherries more than 3 inches deep will smush the lower cherries. Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large pots make good containers. I like the Glad storage containers like the one at right.
  4. Bring something to drink and a few snacks; you'd be surprised how you can work up a thirst and appetite! And don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs usually aren't a problem, but some deet might be good to bring along if it has been rainy.

When you get home

  1. DON'T wash the cherries until you are ready to use them. Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.
  2. Cherries are more perishable than blueberries or strawberries, so make a point of refrigerating them as immediately as possible after purchase. Temperatures between 34 F and 38 F are best, but, be careful not to freeze cherries! (Fresh cherries are highly prone to freeze damage).
  3. Pour them out into shallow pans and remove any mushed, soft or rotting cherries
  4. Even under ideal conditions cherries will only keep for a few days in a refrigerator, so for best flavor and texture, consume or freeze them as soon as possible after purchase.
  5. See my How to freeze berries page. (Unless you're going to make jam right away)
  6. Now, get ready to make Cherry jam - It is VERY easy - especially with our free Cherry preserves instructions - illustrated and easy or cherry pie filling

Cherry Recipes, Canning, Jam, Jelly, and related resources

Cherry varieties

For a master table of cherry varieties in the order in which they ripen, click here.

Sweet cherries:

  • Bing cherries are deep red in color and sweet.
  • Blackgold - very late mid-season. Good for eating fresh. Self-fertile.
  • Brooks - a large, firm red cherry that tolerates hot climates. Sweet with both complex flavors and a sweet tart blackberry-like taste.
  • Chelan - deep, mahogany red, heart-shaped, medium sized, sweet fruits, like Bing.  Sweet, between 16 and 18 % sugar.
  • Coral Champagne - very large, red, super sweet fruit that is often preferred to Bing. Firm, but juicy flesh with a coral pink color center.
  • Emperor Francis are White or Blush Sweet Cherries, Early season, perfect for canning, making jellies and jams, or making homemade maraschinos.
  • Hartland, an early season dark cherry. A Windsor cross, it was developed in New York
  • Hedelfingen is a later season sweet cherry. It has large, black fruit.
  • Kristin cherries are a a mid-season cherry developed in New York.
  • Lambert Cherry is a large, black, late harvest cherry of very good quality, compared to Bing.
  • Lapins Cherry is a self-fruitful, large, dark red sweet cherry from Canada with firm, good flavor. Ripens a few days after Bing and needs only 400 chilling hours or less to produce fruit.
  • Orondo Ruby - A ruby red color with some gold coloring, this is a sweeter, brighter variant of the Rainier cherry. Marcus Griggs of G&C farms found this in his Rainier cherry orchard. They have a brighter red color to them and a sweeter and a bit more acidic.
  • Rainier cherries are golden yellow with a pink or red blush. Rainier cherries are large and sweet.
  • Royalton cherries are large, dark cherry mid-season cherries
  • Sam - early ripening, large, black sweet cherry. Ripens 11 days after Vista.
  • Skeena cherries are a late ripening variety. They are dark red, firm and juicy.
  • Somerset cherries are medium sized, later season cherries that are dark and firm.
  • Sonata - Very large, black, and moderately sweet fruit. Self-fertile.
  • Staccato cherries are a deep purple-red and also a late season variety. Staccato cherries are large and one of the sweetest varieties.
  • Stella are a large, sweet, dark-red fruit that ripens in mid-season
  • Sweetheart cherries are a large, bright red late-season variety, medium sweetness
  • Sunburst - large, firm fruit. Old productive variety. Self-fertile.
  • Symphony - bright red, medium-sweet very large fruit. Late season. Self-fertile.
  • Tehranivee - mid-season cherry developed in Ontario, Canada. Cracking can be a problem. Self-fertile.
  • Ulster - medium-sized, firm, dark cherry, Ripens about 2 days after Vista.
  • Vandalay - Large, red fruit with an unusual kidney shape. From Canada. Self-fertile.
  • Viscount - medium-large, firm, good, dark red cherries. Late season ripening.
  • Vista - the cherries are very dark, almost black. Large excellent-quality fruit. Mid season, ripens around the last week in June.
  • Viva - dark red, 3/4 inch fruit from Canada. Ripens around July 4.
  • White Gold are a blush cherry of moderate to large size.

Pie, Sour or Tart Cherries (all different names for the same thing!)

  • Balaton Ujfeherto Furtos is a Hungarian sour cherry with firm fruit that is suited to picking by hand and eating fresh. Red skin and flesh. Ripens about 7 to 10 days after Montmorency
  • Danube Erdi Botermo has dark red fruit with a unique sweet-tart flavor. Delicious eaten fresh or in baked goods. Ripens about 1 week before Montmorency.
  • Dark-juice-tarts has juice that is red rather than clear in color.
  • Jubileum - new, from Hungary. Very large with a dark red flesh. Sweet for a tart cherry, not quite as tart as Montmorency.
  • Meteor - Medium-sized fruit with an odd shaped pit. Ripen s3 to 7 days after Northstar.
  • Montmorency, the most commonly grown, traditional cherry for pies, baking and canning. Ripens around the last week of June to the first week of July.
  • Morello Sour Cherry is a late-ripening tart dark red to nearly black cherry used for cooking, and sometimes eaten fresh when fully ripe. Fruits in warm climates ( 500 hours or fewer chilling hours below 45 F) Self-fruitful. USDA
  • Northstar - Medium-sized, dark red fruit.
  • Surefire - A new late blooming variety from Cornell. Bright red, medium sized fruit.

Cherry Facts and Tips

  • Cherries come in many colors besides red: there are also dark red (almost black), yellow, blush (mixed) and gold cherries.
  • Cherries are a very healthy food; they are high Vitamin C and naturally have no fat, cholesterol or sodium. They are also a good source of ivitamin A, calcium, protein, and iron.
  • Cherries are an antioxidant-rich foods.
  •  One cup of cherries is less than 90 calories and 3 grams of fiber.
  • One cup of cherries has 260 mg of potassium which plays a key role in muscle, heart, kidney, and nerve cell functions.
  • Cherries are high in fiber. Half to one pound of cherry fruit per day can provide twenty to thirty grams of fiber which is adequate for an adult daily nutrition requirement.
  • Do the math and be careful not to over-purchase as Cherries quickly mold when left at room temperature, and only last a couple of days in the refrigerator.
  • You can easily freeze cherries that you cannot use right away - just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible. Those vacuum food sealers REALLY do a good job of this! The cherries will keep for many months frozen without air. See my How to freeze berries page
  • Anthocyanins in cherries are what give the fruit its red color and help protect the heart and surrounding tissues
  • Some research has found eating cherries to reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and gout


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