Find a local pick your own farm here!

Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Capital Region (aka Hudson Valley) of New York State? Farms are open and safe! Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in Capital Region (aka Hudson Valley) of New York State, sorted by county. Those that offer organic or sustainably grown produce are identified by the words "organic" and/or "sustainable" in Green, next to their name  (see "What does Organic mean?"). The U-pick crops they offer follow the name of the farm. To search the page for a specific crop, use Ctrl-F (or on an ipad or Mac, use their "search on this page" function) If they have a website, the name will be in blue and underlined; click on it and it will open their website. If you find anything outdated or inaccurate, see the customer and farmer menus (as appropriate) at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!

New! Pricing information - I am building a pricing guide to help you know what the typical prices are for each crop.

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! And if you know of any farms I missed and want to add a farm, please let me know!   I'm making updates for this year as fast as I can - if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working - please let me know! This website is supported by purchases you make through the links to products on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This allows me to continue to maintain the website and make improvements!

What's in season in October 2020, and other timely information:

Notes for October 2020: Summer is almost here! Strawberry season is finished in all but the far northern ands cooler areas. Blueberries, blackberries are in season in most areas, also tomatoes, peaches and most vegetables . Check your area's copy calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for seasonal updates.

Now, more than ever, going to a farm, being outside, away from crowds, getting fresh, local produce, makes more sense than ever before! It's a fun, safe and educational to pick some fresh berries, fruit and veggies and more, then come back here to learn how to freeze, can, make jam, salsa and much more! Of course, check with the farm before you go, both to check on crop availability and hours.  We also have a state-by-state guide to Farm COVID-19 requirements here.

See our comprehensive list of easy home canning, jam and jelly making, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me! It is easy to make your own ice cream, even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream - see this page. Also note, there are many copycat website listing U-pick farms now, using similar sounding names.  They have all copied their information from here and usually do not ever update.  Since 2002, I've been updating the information every day but Christmas; so if you see anything wrong or outdated, please write me!

Canners, both waterbath canners and pressure canners, are getting hard to find as people are doing more home canning than ever before. You can still get them online (see links at left) but prices are going up as the less expensive models are selling out.  Food dehydration is becoming a popular and inexpensive alternative; see this page about drying your own fruits and vegetables and where to get a food dryer.

Children's Consignment Sales occur in both the Spring and Fall  See our companion website to find a local community or church kid's consignment sale!

See these pages to find a local Strawberry Festival, or a Cherry or cherry blossom festival or a Blueberry festival. Some may still be held in 2020.

Capital Region (aka Hudson Valley) of New York State U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2020, by county

Click on the resources drop-down above, if you need a county map

Albany County

  • Altamont Orchards, Inc - U Pick strawberries and apples
    6654 Dunnsville Road, Altamont, NY 12009. Phone: 518-861-6515. 6654 Dunnsville Rd, Altamont, NY. Phone: 518-861-6515. Open: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, daily; call to verify on pyo apples. Directions: NY Thruway I-87 to Exit 24 to Route 20 West, 10 miles to Route 397, left on Route 397, 1 mile on left. There is PICK YOUR OWN APPLES, weekends in the fall, starting  September 8, 2005, from  10am to 4PM. PYO 2005 Prices: $.50 per lb (1/2 bushel $10.00). The Pick Your Own (PYO) Fields are located on Rt. 146 in Altamont. About 1 1/2 miles before the Altamont Fair entrance.  Strawberries: usually finish by the beginning of July; Please bring your own containers, and the 2005 strawberries pyo prices were $1.35/lb. The Pick Your Own (PYO) Fields are located on Route 146 in Altamont. About 1 one half miles before the Altamont Fair entrance. For more directions click here!
  • Indian Ladder Farms - apples, blueberries, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, tomatoes,
    342 Altamont Road Route 156, Altamont, NY 12009. Phone: 518-765-2956. Alternate Phone: 866-640-PICK. Email: Open: Store:  Daily 9am to 6pm, PYO: Daily 9am-5pm. Directions: From Albany: Rt. 20 west Rt. 155 south Rt. 85a west Rt. 156 west Farm on left Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December. Open: Every day 9am to 6pm Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Indian Ladder Farms strives to provide apples of superior taste and quality, while maintaining a healthy ecologically-balanced growing environment. In addition to pick-your-own apples and pumpkins in the fall, we have pick-you-own berries through the summer. Many weekends include demonstrations in beekeeping, sheep shearing, cider making, and other farm activities. Visit our farm menagerie and say "hi" to Rosie, our Scottish Highland cow. Our nature trail will lead you by orchards, marshes, woods, and fields. The Yellow Rock Cafe is open every day to serve you a lunch made from locally grown and produced meats, dairy, and produce. We specialize in school field trips, catering to any age group and classes with special needs. 
    Comments from a visitor on October 23, 2008:
    "My favorite place to go in the fall :)"
  • Stanton's Feura Farm - strawberries, raspberries, apples and pumpkins
    210 Onesquethaw Creek Road, Feura Bush, NY 12067. Phone: (518) 768-2344. Fax: (518) 768-2344. Email: Open: Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From NYS Thruway Exit 23 take Route 9W south to Route 32. Follow Route 32 south 1 mile past the village of Feura Bush and make a slight right onto Onesquethaw Creek Road The farm is 1 mile down the road. Payment: Cash, only. Availability of crops: Strawberries-- Mid June ~ Raspberries-- Early September ~ Apples-- Mid September ~ Pumpkins-- October. We also grow many more fresh market crops .

Rensselaer County

  • Best Berry Farm - U Pick Apples and strawberries
    1078 Best Road Box 142 B, East Greenbush NY, 12061. Phone: 518-286-0607. 
  • Engelke Farm - Strawberries, blackberries, melons, tomatoes, other vegetables, Pumpkins, Pre cut Christmas trees, picnic area, corn maze, pumpkin patch in the field, pumpkins (brought in from the field), ziplines, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    463 Garfield Road, Troy, NY 12180. Phone: 518-279-3971. Email: Open: all year 7 days a week Hours vary depending on season. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers .
    Comments from a visitor on October 25, 2011: "The kids ask to go back at least once a week! They do not spray their crops Their animals are soo funny and adorable! Fantastic place for a family fun day They also have one of the longest ZIP LINES in New York!!! "
  • Goold Orchards - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), already-picked produce (of the pyo crops), gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, Bouncy castle or moon bounce, school tours
    1297 Brookview Station Road, Caselton-on- Hudson, NY 12033. Phone: (518)732-7317. Email: Open: September 1 pm to November 1, 7 days a week, 9:30am to 4pm. Directions: From NY I-90 head east over the Hudson River to Exit 11E- Schodack/Nassau to Route 150. Follow the signs to Goold Orchards. Click here for a map and directions. Annual Apple Festival and Craft Show held the Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend; School Tours given Monday to Friday 9 am to 1:30 pm September to November. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, WIC Vouchers. Gift Baskets & Gift-Packed Apples shipped year-round Corporate Gift- Pack services available. Wine Tastings everyday 9:30-4:30.  
  • Hay Berry Farm LLC - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, flowers, herbs or spices, lavender, pumpkins, gift shop, porta-potties are available
    1176 Babcock Lake Road, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090. Phone: 518-285-9039. Email: Open: July through September, Thursday through Monday, 7:30am until 3pm, Friday until 6pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: From NY Route 7, turn north on Babcock Lake Road (County Route 87) and drive one mile to the fields and farm stand. Click here for a map and directions. Blueberries: July through mid-August Blueberry pruning workshop: last Saturday in March. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. Family-friendly. We love sharing information about green living and sustainable farming and welcome those interested in seeing the farm.
  • The Farm at Kristy's Barn - apples, blackberries, currants (red and black), pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), raspberries (Autumn, black), strawberries, Turkeys, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, school tours
    2385 Brookview Road, Castleton, NY 12033. Phone: (518) 477-6250. Email: Open: Berry picking, July and August, call for details Apple picking, September through mid November depending. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Exit 10 off I-90 Head in the direction of the gas stations Straight through the traffic light Turn left at the end of the road We are on the right. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. We are a family run, low spray, no spray farm feeding capital district families since 1910. Kristys is a  farm and farm market providing a full line of flowers, fruits, vegetables, pies, cider, doughnuts, jams, honey and syrups. Tours U-Pick, hayrides, and more. We're a friendly farm market established in 1912, & just ten minutes from Albany! Kristy's Barn is full of quality fruits and produce, most of which are grown on our 300+ acre farm.. We are a Low spray, No spray farm, which means we spray our crops ONLY when we absolutely NEED to, & when we do, we spray minimally. We do this for our consumer's health, as well as for the safety & health of the environment, & the creatures we share it with! Typical U-Pick season is: Strawberries - Early June through July 4th, Red Raspberries - 1st week in July through mid August, Black Raspberries - 2nd week in July through mid August, Currants - mid July through mid August, Apples - Early September through mid October, Pumpkins - End of September through October. Click here for a link to our Facebook page 
  • Liberty Ridge Farm - blueberries, pumpkins, raspberries (red), corn maze, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, face painting, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke, NY 12154. Phone: 518-664-1515. Fax: 518-664-5992. Email: Open: July and August 9am to 6pm weekdays; 9am to 5pm weekends; Call for specific opening day on crops. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Exit 9 off of I-87 Clifton Park, east on Rte. 146 to Mechanicville. Bear left on Rte. 4 North. Follow into the Village of Stillwater; Hudson River will be on your right. Turn right at blinking light crossing over the Hudson River. 1 mile on right - Liberty Ridge Farm. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Liberty Ridge Farm has the largest corn maze in the Capital District. Stop on by for Pick Your Own blueberries and raspberries and our Farm Market during the summer and make sure to come back during the fall to enjoy our Fall Festival. Our Fall Festival features our 8-acre corn maze, Brad's Barnyard Adventure filled with activities for young and old, and our trolley ride. Don't forget Haunt Nights during October! Liberty Ridge Farm has wonderful facilities for group meetings, family reunions and birthday parties!.
  • Swartz Orchard - pick your own strawberries and pick your own pumpkins
    1532 Eleanor Dr, Castleton NY, 12033. Phone: 518-732-7420. Also, Roadside Stand. Swartz Dairy & Produce is a 5th generation dairy, fruit & vegetable farm located in southern Rensselaer County, NY, known for our strawberries & pumpkins!(the apple orchard has been removed)
  • The Berry Patch - blueberries
    15589 State Route 22, Stephentown, NY 12168. Phone: 518-733-1234. Open: Pick Your Own blueberries will be available on Friday mornings and Sunday mornings from 9 AM to 12 pm or by appointment.; the store's summer schedule is 10 AM to 6 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. M and A Farm in Petersburgh NY are operating the store this summer, with an expanded range of products including their own fresh vegetables, chicken and pork, and other local farm products. Blueberries and tomatoes grown by Dale-Ila and Don are currently featured prominently in the store. Because we are the national leaders in pesticide-free blueberry production, growing our berries in a netting covered planting, pickers must be a minimum of 10 years old to pick.  (ADDED: July 19, 2019, JBS)
  • Woo Berry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries (red), farm animals
    181 Babcock Lake Road, Grafton, NY 12082. Phone: (518) 664-7548. Alternate Phone: (518) 755-7566. Email: Open: Monday to Sunday 9am to 6pm starting April 1st. Directions: From Grafton State Park: continue East on route 2 through the village, to the Grafton Elementary School, take a left onto Babcock Lake Road. Travel one mile to where the road bears right. We are located there on the left. Click here for a map and directions. Raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry plants will be available to purchase or dig-your-own in early Spring 2011, weather permitting; Our season usually starts April 1st, and runs about 3 to 4 weeks. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only.  

Saratoga County

  • Ariels Farm - raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (Spring, black), raspberries (Autumn, black), strawberries,
    194 Northern Pines Road, Gansevoort, NY 12831. Phone: 518-584-2189. Email: Open: May 1 to October 31st on Monday to Sunday (7 days a week) / 9am to 6pm; Please call before you plan to visit as our hours change seasonally. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Tomatoes: May 1 to September 1; Asparagus: May to June; Strawberries: June to July; Raspberries: July to September; Peas: June; Corn: August; Pumpkins: October. Payment: Cash, Check. We are a local farm that has been providing the surrounding area with the freshest produce since 1948. Our delicious U Pick strawberries and raspberries are available every summer as well as berries already picked for sell on the stand. We have a variety of produce on our farm including asparagus, corn, tomatoes, and everything in between! Stop by and check us out and we'll show you what good food is all about! Please call us before you visit to hear the specific hours we are open and prices of the berries. We looked forward to seeing you!.  
    Comments from a visitor on August 01, 2011: "Great! Staff is always friendly and helpful. I've been here to pick strawberries and raspberries. They also have a farm stand with other vegetables and flowers that they grow. I don't know if anything other than the berries are available to pick-your-own.,"
  • Arnold's Farm Fresh Produce - flowers, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs
    1319 Sacandaga Rd, West Charlton, NY 12010. Phone: 518-269-9562. Email: Open: June to September Monday to Wednesday Honor System Thursday to Sunday 10am to 6:30pm, after 6:30 Honor System. Directions: 1319 Sacandaga road (Or State Route 147), Amsterdam, NY 12010. Just south of State Route 67. Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries: June Blueberries: Early July to August Flowers: July Local Sweet Corn: Early July. Payment: Cash, Check. We are always looking for feedback and suggestions for new products, please stop in and share your ideas with us!.
  • Barber's Ruckytucks PYO Farm - strawberries, picnic area
    206 Ruckytucks Rd, Stillwater, NY 12170. Phone: 518-583-0874. Email: Open: starting Saturday June 14th from 10 am to 6; then hours are Sunday from 10 am to 6; Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 6. Directions: Off of route 32 or 67 near battlefield. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Besides Strawberries we will have a variety of veggies.
  • Blueberry Hill Solar ~ Organic - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, picnic area,
    2186 Alexander Road, Galway, NY 12074. Phone: (518) 415-0001. Open: Directions: North of Galway Village on Route 147, before Route 29, Turn Right on to Alexander Road. We are a half mile down on the right. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, Check. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Organic Blueberries . (UPDATED: August 02, 2019)  
  • Bowman Orchards - Pick your own and picked apples, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, cider and donuts.
    141 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford NY, 12148. Phone: 518-371-2042. Email: At Bowman Orchards, we feature pick your own apples, berry picking, and so many more seasonal activities. Our apple trees are low to the ground so usually ladders aren't needed. However they are available to use if you need them. Enjoy the farm animals. We have pigs, sheep, goats, horses, and alpacas waiting for your attention. Strawberries are available the month of June both u-pick and pre-picked. Raspberries are available starting around July 1st through a hard frost (we have added summer raspberries so they will be open right through Thanksgiving). Available both u-pick and pre-picked. We have both red and golden raspberries. Blackberries are U-Pick from Mid July-Mid Aug. We grow what is claimed to be the largest blackberry in the world. Blueberries are available U-Pick early in July until Early August. Sweet AND Tart cherries available Early July until Early August. Please Note these dates are approximate and availability depends on weather & crop yield! Roadside Stand, Farm Market. Click here for a link to our Facebook page
    A visitor writes on June 02, 2019: "My family has been to this farm several times in the past 4 years. Bowmans has the best product quality, selection, and availability in the area. The site is very clean, fun, and besides produce they offer PYO, plants and trees for purchase, a great shop, fudge, cider, bakery, petting zoo, snack bar, and more. Parking is free and very accessible. Every single employee has been very friendly and helpful every time. Check them out, you'll be glad you did!"
    A visitor writes on October 01, 2014: "I took my children to Bowman Orchards when they were small and love it. We now have grandchildren. We are so very disappointed with the staff, service and ridiculous cost of everything. A family tradition no more!"
  • Bowman Orchards North - U Pick Apples
    107 Van Aervunem Road, Ballston Spa NY, 12020. Phone: 518-885-8888. And a Farm Market, Cider
  • The Charlton Fruit Farm - follow organic methods, strawberries, prepicked produce
    4074 Jockey Street, Charlton, NY 12019. Phone: 518-399-6563. Email: Open: They may have gone out of business; there is nothign at all about them anywhere in Google after 2010; so call before you go.  Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in June, July. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, only.
    Comments from a visitor on June 17, 2009: "I picked Strawberries at the Charlton Fruit Farm with daughter yesterday. It is a small farm, so they really like to you call ahead since they limit the number of people. I didn't realize that, but there was no one else picking when we got there (Tuesday afternoon), so they didn't turn us away. I would definitely recommend it. The strawberries were delicious and the people were very friendly."
    Comments from a visitor on June 12, 2009: "I just wanted to add a comment about the Charlton Fruit Farm. We would highly recommend this farm to any berry/fruit pickers. It's a small farm and they limit the number of people who can visit at once. But the quality of the fruit (probably because all the good stuff isnt gone when you get there) is amazing. We picked strawberries there a few days ago and we could not believe how good they were, and how plentiful. The owners are very friendly and accomodating also. And the best part is that they are organic so the fruit is ready to eat right off the plants!"
  • Devoe's Rainbow Orchards - U Pick Apples
    1569 U.S. 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Phone: 518-371-8397. Email: Open: 9 am to 6 pm, daily, year round, call for picking conditions and availability. Roadside Stand.  DeVoe's Rainbow Apple Orchards, The upstate NY apple orchard! We are a century old 100 acre family farm located in Clifton Park (Southern Saratoga County), at the foothills of the great Adirondack Mountain region. Come visit us. Bring the whole family and enjoy all the fun things we have to offer. Including beautiful apples, baked goods from the oven, fresh produce, gift baskets and ice cream. Click here for a link to our Facebook page
  • Fo-Castle Farm Country Store Inc - U Pick Apples
    166 Kingsley Road, Burnt Hills NY, 12027-9531. Phone: 518-399-8322. Call before you go, their page says nothing about PYO; they may no longer offer PYO. They do have a Farm Market.
  • Hicks Fruit Farm - U Pick Apples, cherries, blueberries
    160 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford NY, 12148. Phone:518-642-1788. Open: Cherries EARLY JULY; Blueberries mid July through mid August; apples in the Fall, For up to the minute harvest conditions, check the home page of our website or call us. New York's Oldest U-Pick Orchard. A Family Tradition since 1905Located in Middle Granville, New York, in the Lower Adirondack Region on the New York/Vermont border, pick cherries, blueberries or apples. Whether you're picking your own fruit on our farm, tempting your taste buds with hot cider donuts, watching apple cider being pressed in our cider mill, partaking in a guided tasting of our award winning hard ciders and Ice Ciders in Slyboro Ciderhouse, visiting the barnyard animals or enjoying a fall wagon ride through the orchard, Hicks Orchard has something for everyone. And a Farm Market.
  • Lindsey's Idyllwood Orchard - UPDATE for 2019: They are permanently closed
    267 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford, NY 12148. Phone: 518-371-5785.  This news story says" After nearly 50 years, what is said to be the first pick-your-own apple orchard in Clifton Park will close after business on Sunday, according to its Facebook page.  Lindsey's Idyllwood Orchard, at 267 Sugar Hill Road, has been open since 1970. Founder Duane Lindsey told News10 ABC that sales have declined in recent years including a 15 percent drop-off since last year which makes the orchard no longer financially viable. The family's country store, at 1537 Route 9 in Clifton Park, and its Grooms Road farm, will remain open.
  • Malta Ridge Orchard & Garden - UPDATE for 2019: They are permanently closed apples, farm market
    107 Van Aernem Rd, Malta, NY.
  • Riverview Orchards - U Pick Apples
    660 Riverview Road, Rexford NY, 12148. Phone: 518-371-2174. Email: And a Farm Market, Special Events.
  • Saratoga Apple, Inc. - U Pick Apples
    1174 Route 29, Schuylerville NY, 12871. Phone: 518-695-3131. Pick apples, ride wagons to the orchards, taste a delicious cider donut or other freshly baked treat. U Pick Apples, Farm Market, Cider. Click here for a link to our Facebook page
    Comments from a visitor on October 11, 2010:
      (negative) "Wow! Haven't been here since I was a kid. While the banter seems to center around what you get for the money, I'm VERY turned off by the "obvious" planted comments by either owners or staff. Saratoga Apple is not the only money hungry tourist trap to exploit fall harvests, so do your homework before venturing out. If you want to rely on what a website states, be sure to verify the last time it was updated (One apple orchard had not updated since 2002!!!)or call and confirm it! It's a shame; Kids end up losing on deals like these..."
    Comments from a visitor on August 31, 2010: (negative) "This farm is a good place to purchase apples and other products if you do not want to pick, if you want to pick apples be prepared to pay. There are many other farms in the area that let you pick without all of the extras that you are paying for here. All of these farms have apples just as good and healthy. Saratoga Apples has turned into a tourist trap :("
    Comments from a visitor on August 09, 2010: (positive) "I've been to Saratoga Apple many times since we came moved to NY over 2 years ago. The selection is awesome and my kids love it!! To clarify, they have changed their website and it states there is a $6 charge per person, to pick your own apples. Plus, the cider and apple cider donuts are AMAZING!!"
    Comments from a visitor on May 21, 2009: (positive) "I have lived near Saratoga Apple, since it was purchased prior to then it was Bullard's Orchard. I have heard about the over charging and how you can't walk across the road and walk through the orchard. I also know a neighbor of Saratoga Apple who used to pick up the dropped apples, until they started charging her full price for them. I also know of many other Orchards in the area, Borden's in Easton (ed. note: under Washington County, below), they do not offer anything fancey except for wholesome apples and yummy cider. No pumpkin patch or wagon rides, and no petting zoo. The idea behind pick you own and kids is to show them the fun of harvesting your own food, the work that goes into picking and the marvel of mother nature. The rest of the stuff is filler. "
    Comments from a visitor on May 19, 2009: (positive) "I have been there several times. It is free to go there. They have bins with apples you can bag and purchase, along with squashes and pumkins. They do charge to pick your own. well pay or just PICK the already PICKED fruits. There is no reason to complain. John.   PS: they have a very large variety of apples"
    Comments from a visitor on September 14, 2008: (negative) "We took my 9- and 3-year-old children to Saratoga Apple in Schuylerville, NY today but we left there with no apples and both of my kids confused and in tears. We wanted to purchase the medium sized $12 bag, the perfect amount for our small family, but I was told that in order for all 4 of us to participate in the picking, we would actually have to pay $24 for "entry for 4 people" and twice as many apples. Even worse, I later discovered that the Saratoga Apple website says "no admission." As a young family, not only can't we eat 25 pounds of apples, we also have to look for fun activities that fit into our budget. But how do I explain to my kids that only one of them gets to go because I didn't bring enough money for all of us? My 9-year-old's response to the situation was to tell her brother that Saratoga Apple was being "greedy." Clearly she learned the lesson I was teaching about sticking to your principles and not allowing yourself to be taken advantage of. It used to be that picking your own fruits and vegetables was a fun and low-cost family activity. We've had many wonderful summers picking our own at local farms and have only ever been asked to pay for the fruit we picked. Patronizing local farms is important to us but we'd rather go to a place that appreciates us, rather than one that penalizes me for bringing the whole family. P.S. I love your website and use it all the time, especially as a new canner!"
    Comments from a visitor on September 21, 2008: (negative) "I am furious with the admissions charges at Saratoga Apple and I will no longer pick apples there. I was told that the entry fee had been in effect for 4 years and this is untrue. When I questioned it further, I was told the fee covered the wagon ride, but when I asked if I could walk and pay less, I was told no. I should not have to pay Saratoga Apple in order to pick fruit. I should pay for the apples picked and this should not be affected by the number of people who help me fill my bags. Saratoga Apple advertises that they have no admissions fee. This is false advertising, in addition to being a ripoff!"
    Comments from a visitor on September 21, 2008: (positive) "This is my fifth season employed at Saratoga Apple. I have heard more positive feedback on their picking policy than negative. The policy is in place for a extend the apple picking season for as long as possible..this gives everyone a chance to ENJOY (keyword) the experience. "Sticking to your principles" and "not being taken advantage of" is also part of owning a business. Perhaps the 9 year-old should also be taught what it means to "earn a living"..."
    Comments from a visitor on October 03, 2008: (negative) "I have not been here. But after reading the reviews I decided to take a look at their clearly states on their website that there is no admission. I understand that the orchard and the people working there have to make a living, however, this is false advertising and unfortunately it is resulting in families having a horrible experience when they get there. I am all for the buy local theory, but this is one farm that is ripping off it's customers despite what their employee may have commented. Maybe you could make people visiting your site aware that they will have to pay admission per person. "
    Comments from a visitor on October 11, 2008: (positive) "OMG..somebody call "whine" 11...Saratoga Apple charges $6 per person (children 3 and under FREE)...that includes a 1/2 peck bag, your choice of the variety of apple and a wagon ride on the weekends...this is less than you'd spend taking your kids to the movies or getting your nails done.. get over it..."
    Comments from a visitor on October 21, 2008: (positive) "I go to Saratoga Apple every year with my family. I love it there! It's close to where I live and the apples are always sooooo delicous! I'm not sure as to what some of these people are saying but they sure aren't thinking of the right Saratoga Apple! I can't wait to go this weekend. =)"
    Does anyone else have comments (positive or negative)? Write me!
    Google has other reviews here.
  • Stanislowsky's Eagle's View Farm - blueberries,
    2089 Route 29, Galway, NY 12074. Phone: 518-882-9199. Email: Open: July 5 to August 31, Monday, Wednesday, Saturday only 8am to 11am. Directions: Galway, One mile East of intersection of Route 29 and Route 147, sign "Eagle's View Farm. Click here for a map and directions. U-Pick Blueberries. Payment: Cash, only. Monday, Wednesday, & Saturday 8-11am. NO CHECKS -NO REST ROOMS- NO PETS.
  • Winney Farm - Blueberries
    113 Winney Road (Rt 32), Schuylerville, NY 12871. Phone: (518) 695-5547. Open: 8 am to 6 pm daily, typically July and August. Directions: 3 miles North of Schuylerville NY. (UPDATED: July 08, 2018, JBS)
    Comments from a visitor on August 1, 2017: "High Bush, Huge Berries, Huge Crops. I believe they have other Vegetables as well and barn store, picking baskets. Picked the summer of 2017 and the blueberries were outstanding.". 8.  Blueberries will be available for picking here from early July until mid to late August.
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "Winney Farm was amazing!!!!!!!!!! We went back 3 times this summer and it's a 45 minute ride. The blueberry bushes are huge and have the best berries ever. I was hoping to freeze most of them for winter, but my family was plucking them from the tray as I was prepping them from the freezer. Will be a family tradition from now on! Thank you Winney Farms "
    Comments from a visitor on July 15, 2012: "I pick at Winney's Farm each year. The current price for blueberries is $2.25 /pound and has remained the same for the last few years. They have lots of varieties to pick so you get berries the entire blueberry season. There is no charge to pick. This is not a farm for tourists - no hay rides, animals to feed and pet, or food to purchase. It is a basic "pick your own" farm. They do sell prepicked berries for $7.00/quart."

Schenectady County

  • Buhrmaster Family Farm - U Pick strawberries, Blueberries, raspberries, pre-cut Christmas trees
    189 Saratoga Road, Route 50, Scotia NY, 12302. Phone: 518-399-5931. Open: Saturday and Sunday 9:00am - 6:00pm; Monday to Friday 9:00am - 6:30pm. Strawberry Patch Our "Pick Your Own" Strawberry Patch is open from mid-June through August. Blueberries and raspberries in July. Family owned and operated since 1946, Buhrmaster Family Farms never fails to produce the most delicious fruits and vegetables, and pick your own strawberries, along with the area's most beautiful selection of fresh flowers. An farm, we also provide garden supplies and premium landscaping mulch including, red mulch, black mulch, cedar mulch, bark mulch, screened organic compost, garden soil and topsoil for delivery or pick-up.And a Farm Market. Click here for a link to our Facebook page Family owned farm featuring CSA Program, Farm Stand, Fruit, Vegetables, PYO Strawberries, Flowers. Your local source for organic goodness!

Warren County

Washington County

  • Apple Hill Orchard - apples, U-pick and already picked
    County Route 21, Whitehall, NY 12887. Phone: 518-796-7575. Alternate Phone: 518-791-2441. Fax: 518-499-1633. Email: Open: Monday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm; September 7 to October 20. Directions: Go to Whitehall, New York and take Route 4 East. Continue about four miles and take a right onto County Route 21. UPICK is .3 of a mile on the left. Payment: Cash, Check. We pick Macs, Empires, Regular Cortlands, Red Cortlands, Red Delicious and limited Spies.
  • Beloved Farm - Uses natural growing practices, asparagus, blueberries, flowers, rhubarb, U-pick and already picked, farm market, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    105 Mckie Hollow Road, Cambridge, NY 12816. Phone: 518-677-8226. Email: Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: From Cambridge: Main Street to Ashgrove Road. Right on Chestnut Hill Road. Left on McKie Hollow Road (dirt road) about 1/2 mile. Yellow house, green shutters. From North Bennington, Vermont: White Creek Road. Right onto Niles Road. At stop sign turn right, Niles Road becomes Chestnut Hill Road. Follow Chestnut Hill Road up a windy mountain. Go past Pompanuck Farm and take right onto McKie Hollow Road (dirt road) about 1/2 mile. Click here for a map and directions. Asparagus and Rhubarb: May to June, Flowers: May to August, Blueberries and summer produce: July to September. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page.  You can pick your own organic blueberries. Beloved farm standThe farm stand is located across the road from our home with plenty of parking and chickens. Your kids can feed the chickens the dropped blueberries by throwing them over the fence. The chickens love it!(UPDATED: May 14, 2015, JBS)
  • Billy Bob's Orchard - apples, and prepicked produce, school tours
    720 County Road, Putnam Station, NY 12861. Phone: (518) 547-8309. Email: billy-bob' Open: Fall Hours: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Payment: Cash, only.
  • Fairview Orchard - U Pick Apples
    11962 State Route 4, Whitehall NY, 12887. Phone: 518-282-9616. Roadside Stand, Cider. 
  • Hand Melon Farm - Uses integrated pest management practices, blueberries, peppers, raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, tomatoes, U-pick and already picked, farm market
    533 Wilbur Avenue, Greenwich, NY 12834. Phone: 518-692-2376. Alternate Phone: 518-692-7502. Fax: 518-692-2376. Email: Open: Beginning in June with Strawberries; Wednesday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm and CLOSED MONDAY & TUESDAY. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries open typically the beginning of June running through mid July; Blueberries follow shortly thereafter (in 2020, blueberry picking is  $3.75 per pound and started in mid-July; Raspberries begin late august; Tomatoes and Peppers open Saturday and Sunday only the third weekend in august; Pick your own hours are Monday through Friday 8 am to 5:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4:30 pm. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. We operate a Farm market on Rt 29 in Greenwich, NY that carries a wide range of produce that we grow on the farm but is not available for pick your own. This includes sweet corn, yellow and green squash and beans, eggplant, watermelons, specialty fall items including pumpkins, hot peppers and our famous Hand melons!.  (UPDATED: July 21, 2020 JBS)
    Comments from a visitor on May 21, 2009: "They also have pick your own tomatoes and peppers and Fall Raspberries. The veggies picking always starts the 3rd weekend of August and runs until supplies last. Last years price was $15.00 per bushel. Bushel baskets themselves cost $2.00 each (bring your own containers!) Fall Raspberries start around early September (late August) and go until a hard frost. The light frosts make the berries sweeter. There are 2 patches to pick from. "
    Comments from a visitor on May 25, 2008: "They send me a post card to let us know what is ready for picking. They have a large variety of PYO strawberries and they are very well tended!"
  • Hicks Orchard - U Pick apples, cherries, blueberries, raspberries
    18 Hicks Road, Granville NY, 12832. Phone: 518-642-1788. Email: And a Farm Market, Cider, Special Events. Directions: Click here for directions. Tart cherries, also known as sour, or pie cherries, are best known as the key ingredient in desserts. They are also delicious in main courses, salads, jams & jellies and beverages. Tart cherries are seldom sold fresh in your local grocery store, so consider yourself lucky if you live near a cherry orchard!! Montmorency is the most popular of the sour cherry varieties, providing 95% of the sour cherries on the market. This cherry has been cultivated and available for U-Pick at Hicks Orchard for more than a century! We grow 4 different varieties of blueberries to provide us with successive ripening that will span mid July through the end of August. Blueberries are fun and easy to pick, and kids love them. The are also a healthy food, full of antioxidants and anthocyanins which occur in foods with deep blue and red colors. 
    Comments from a visitor on July 14, 2011: "I picked sour cherries at Hick's Orchard last weekend and loved the farm. There is a wonderful store on site with great prices on local honey as well as a selection of kitchen items. The cherries were wonderful and reasonably priced at 1.60/lb. They also have blueberries and apples in the fall. I live about an hour away and it was worth the drive. So many of the farms closer to Albany have started charging just to enter. I used to take my autistic son with me (he doesn't pick or eat anything) and I now have to pay just to take him with me. I don't go back to those places."
    Comments from a visitor on May 01, 2009:
    "Just visiting your site for the first time, looking for local strawberry picking. Just a note to tell anyone interested, that my family has picked apples & berries at Hick's Orchards in Washington County for three generations. If you're not finding satisfaction in Saratoga County, come on up! It's a family owned and oriented orchard with plenty of fun for the kids and very reasonable prices (no hidden charges!). I highly recommend it!"
  • Liebigs' Strawberry Ridge Farm - blueberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black), raspberries (Autumn, black), strawberries, U-pick and already picked, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    66 Middleton Road, North Granville, NY 12832. Phone: 518-642-1385. Open: Pick you own strawberries are available from early to mid June through early June; The farm is open 7 am to 7 pm seven days a week; U pick black raspberries are available in late June/early July and red raspberries are available in mid - August through the first hard frost occurence of the fall. Directions: Liebigs' Strawberry Ridge Farm is located on Middleton Road in the hamlet of Truthville, which is part of the township of Granville, NY. The most immediate way to find the farm is take County Route 12 off of State Route 22. Once on County Route 12, look for Middleton Road (appx. one half mile from Route 22) and travel 3/10's of a mile. The farm is on the right hand side. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Located in Granville, New York, Strawberry Ridge is a 118-acre, family-owned farm nestled along the banks of the picturesque Mettowee River in Washington County, near the New York-Vermont border. We grow more than a dozen varieties of crops and specialize in U-pick strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pumpkins and other fall produce. We also raise a herd of Scottish Highland cattle, which are sustained exclusively on a grass-fed diet.(UPDATED: June 14, 2018, JBS)
  • Moses Vegetable Farm - corn (sweet), peppers, pumpkins, tomatoes, other vegetables, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, and prepicked produce, gift shop
    Route 67, Eagle Bridge, NY 11111. Phone: 518-686-7729. Directions: Intersection of Route 67 & 22 Crops are usually available in May, October. Open: call for hours. This is the famous farmland that once belonged to Grandma Moses, inherited by her children and grand-children who operate it today. Customers say they are renowned for the variety and quality of the vegetables they grow. One visitor says: "WORTH THE TRIP! Check them out!". Click here for a link to our Facebook page
  • Sbardella Orchards - apples
    141 Manchester Road, Hampton, NY. Phone: 802-345-2704. Email us at: Directions: Click here for a map. Open: Please see the Orchard Hours page for hours and more information.We are a pick your own apple orchard located in Hampton, New York. (on the NY/VT border) .  We will be opening on only one day in September for U-pick and will be picking early Macintosh apples. We also have cider doughnuts, apple cider, maple syrup, honey, and animals for the kids to see! (ADDED: August 29, 2008, suggested by a visitor)
    Comments from a visitor on August 29, 2008:
    "Macintosh, Cortland, Northern Spies all pick your own! Honey, maple syrup, and fresh cider from local providers as well."
  • Stuberry Acres - strawberries, blueberries, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black),
    1483 County Route 49, Argyle, NY 12809. Phone: 518-638-8926. Email: Open: July - September Every Day 8 am to 8 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.  (formerly known as "Stewarts Berry Farm")
    Comments from a visitor on September 26, 2010: " It's beautiful family owned farm that currently has pick your own fruit. I believe they also have a roadside stand down the street as well. Friendly, beautiful, local family environment. Absolutely LOVE it! I have been picking there for the last couple of years and tell everyone I can to go there. The berries are amazing and there are always plenty to pick. The black raspberries (not blackberries) are unbelievable! This is just a friendly, local family owned farm that is expanding and has great pick your own!!! Black raspberries (that are huge and absolutely unbelievable)"

Fresh Fruit Harvesting Dates*

Tart Cherries

July 1-July 25
Blueberries July 15 - August 25
Summer Raspberries July 15 - August 15
Apples Mid-July - Late October
Fall Raspberries Sept 3 - Oct 31 (or hard freeze)
Lodi Mid July
McIntosh Mid September thru Mid October
Cortland Mid September thru Mid October
Empire Late September thru Late October
Macoun Late September thru Late October
Liberty Late September thru Late October
Red Delicious Late September thru Late October
Jonagold Late September thru Late October
Mutsu Early October thru Late October
Northern Spy Early October thru Late October
Golden Delicious Mid October thru Late October
Fall Raspberries Sept 3 - Oct 31 (or hard freeze)

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

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