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Cherry U-Pick Orchards in Columbia County in Southeast NY 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.

Columbia County

  • Don Baker Farm - Pick your own cherries, pears and apples.
    183 Route 14, Hudson, NY 12534. Phone: 518-828-9542. Email: Open: June and August thru October, daily Every day 9am to 5pm, June through October. Click here for a map and directions.
    Don Baker Farm Facebook page. . (Greenport, NY). . Also, Roadside Stand - Seasonally fresh fruits and vegetables. Both sweet cherries and sour cherries (aka, pie cherries). Check our website, Facebook Page, and phone message for further information on upcoming sour cherry crop. Thank you.
  • Fix Bros Fruit Farm - apples, cherries, peaches, pumpkins,
    215 White Birch Road, Hudson, NY 12534. Phone: (518) 828-4401. Email: Open: hours depend on the crop and season, Cherries and Peaches Monday to Sunday from 8:00am to 5:00pm until end of season; Apples and pumpkins Monday to Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm until end of season. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check;.
    Fix Bros Fruit Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: (518) 828-6485. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Approximate picking schedule; Seasons go like this: Sweet Cherries - Usually ready around the end of June; Red Sour Cherries - Usually ready around the end of June, beginning of July; Black Sour Cherries (Known as English Morello) usually ready the middle of July; Peaches - Usually in the beginning of August; Apples/Pears/Pumpkins - Usually begins in the middle of September; Payment: Cash, Check. Many people enjoy picnicking while taking in the great views on our Hudson Valley Farm. (UPDATED: June 24, 2018)
  • Love Apple Farm - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, currants (red), gooseberries, peaches, raspberries (red), strawberries, farm market, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, events at your location (call for info)
    1421 State Route 9h, Ghent, NY 12075. Phone: (518) 828-5048. Email: Open: Orchard opens from 8am to 5pm; availability of crops varies; please call for current availability. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Love Apple Farm Facebook page. . . We use integrated pest management practices. 's Typical U-Pick Calendar: Actual dates will vary due to weather conditions and other factors. Please call us at to verify the status of the product you are interested in: Fruit Early Most Active Late Apples July 15 Sept. 1-Oct. 25 Oct. 31 Blackberries July 10 July 15-July 30 August 10 Blueberries July 15 August 1-Sept. 10 Oct. 15 Cherries, sour June 10 July 1-31 August 10 Cherries, sweet June 10 July 1-31 August 10 Gooseberries June and July Peaches July 15 July 20-Sept. 1 Sept. 15 Plums July and August Raspberries August 1 June 15-20 July 10 (UPDATED: June 27, 2019) (ADDED: November 30, 2016)
  • Samascott Orchards - apples, beans, beets, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, cherries, chestnuts, cucumbers, currants (red and black), gooseberries, table grapes (with seeds), nectarines, onions, other berries, pears, peas, peaches, peppers, plums, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Spring, yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), raspberries (Autumn, black), rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), porta-potties are available, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food, jumping pillow, farm animals, school tours
    5 Sunset Avenue, Kinderhook, NY 12106. Phone: (518) 758-7224. Email: Open: daily 8 am to 6 pm; See website for seasonal opening date: Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Samascott Orchards Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Corn maze open Saturdays in September and October at Samascott's Garden Market;. New in 2017 is a children's playground and jumping pillow, plus wagon rides around the Orchard. The entrance to the U-pick closes at 5:45 pm. We require a minimum purchase of $5.00 per person for PYO guests. All vehicles will be manually inspected upon checkout. All PYO produce is priced per pound. Prices may fluctuate throughout the season. You will be charged up to $10/lb for any produce you pick that is not listed as available on the harvest map OR produce that is not brought out of your vehicle to be weighed. No pets. Please see their website for all of their rules and specifications.
  • Smith Farms - apples, blackberries, cherries, nectarines, peaches, raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), restrooms
    200 Whitebirch Rd, Hudson, NY 12534. Phone: 518-828-1228. Email: Open: starting mid-June from 9am to 5 pm; Please refer to our website for updates in availability of fruit as the season progresses. Directions: There is a direct link for our location on our website in the \About Us\" page. """. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 518-755-6448. . There is a direct link for our location on our website in the "About Us" page. We start with sweet cherries in mid-June; We are open daily from 9am to 5 pm. Everbearing raspberries are available steadily, as they ripen. New canes on irrigation. Come early in the day. We are usually picked out by noon! Fred and Gillian Sherrington and our two collie dogs Tony and Sammi welcome you. PEven though we are a smaller operation, by New York State standards, we do have over 10000 new generation trees and canes that offer their fruit for pick-your-own from June to late Fall. All our fruit is on "drip" irrigation, so except when our pond goes dry, in extreme weather, our produce is plump and juicy. We will begin the season at mid/late June with the cherries, sweet and sour. Then in early August, our white flesh, sweet and juicy Saturn (flat) peaches are ready to pick and they are popular!!!! From the end of August to mid October you will be able to pick from 6 varieties of free stone peaches and nectarines and from 7 varieties of apples such as Gala, Acey Mac, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Royal Cortland, Lady Apple, and Macoun, Jonagold and Golden Delicious. Of course we will keep you posted and will give you more details on what is ready to pick as we progress. Each year is a little different, according to the weather conditions, so visit our website picking calendar regularly and come and enjoy our orchard, as well as the beautiful Catskill area.
  • Yonder Fruit Farms - apples, cherries, strawberries, pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, black), tomatoes, U-pick and already picked
    1367 U.S. Route 9, Valatie, NY 12184. Phone: 518-758-7011. Open: Starwberries in the Spring, then apples from Labor Day until Columbus Day on weekends and holidays from 9 am to 6 pm . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check, only. . Fax: 518-828-5014. Starting Labor Day Weekend, All varieties of fresh picked apples and pears to mix and match by the pound. Pick Your Own apples, raspberries, tomatoes and pumpkins. Wide selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables. Pumpkins of all sizes, gourds and other fall decor. Apple Cider. Hardy Mums.


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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