Stock up on strawberries at Bishop's Orchard in Connecticut. Photo courtesy of the farm
Stock up on strawberries at Bishop's Orchard in Connecticut. Photo courtesy of the farm

Pick Your Own Strawberry Farms and Festivals Near NYC

One of my favorite things about late spring and summer is the plethora of fruit in season, especially the berries. Picking your own makes it even sweeter. As we move into the height of strawberry season, there are a slew of festivals and farms with fruit ripe for the picking. Many are just a short car ride away from New York City, making for a great day trip of strawberry picking and seasonal festival fun with additional perks for kids like carnival rides, petting zoos, and outdoor performances.

Read on to discover nearby strawberry fests and more than a dozen pick-your-own strawberry spots, all under two hours away.

For more day trip inspiration, check out our Family Getaways Guide, and find more local u-pick opportunities in our Farm Guide, or on our Long Island or New Jersey sites.

Please note that many of these pick-your-own farm experiences are dependent on fruit availability and the weather, so call ahead. The strawberry season in the NYC 'burbs often kicks off right around Memorial Day weekend or early June, depending on the farm location and conditions, and wraps up before the end of the month, or if we're lucky, lasts into early July.

If you're lucky you can pick strawberries and blueberries on the same day. Photo courtesy of Johnson's Corner Farm

Strawberry Festivals Near NYC

Johnson's Corner Farm Strawberry Festival – Medford, New Jersey
33 Church Road
Friday, May 31—Sunday, June 2

Stop in to experience this three-day festival and enjoy hayrides to the strawberry patch, live music, games, and a farmhouse BBQ.

Nassau County Strawberry Festival — Bellmore, Long Island
Jerusalem Avenue and Newbridge Road
Thursday, May 30–Sunday, June 2
This annual fest celebrates strawberries with a slew of edibles, from desserts like strawberry cheesecake and shortcake, to daiquiris. Kids can also enjoy carnival rides, contests, and games.

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Pick strawberries and then have fun enjoying the other activities Alstede Farms has to offer. Photo courtesy of the farm

Alstede Farms Strawberry Harvest Festival — Chester, New Jersey
1 Alstede Farms Lane
Saturday, June 15–Sunday, June 16
Alstede Farms celebrates the berry of the season with a strawberry harvest festival. In addition to plenty of homemade strawberry treats to taste at the Strawberry Festival Tent, families can hitch a hayride to the strawberry patches. Once you've picked your fill, stick around for other family-friendly activities like pony rides, a spin on the tractor train, a trip to the moon bounce, and, of course, face time with its collection of farm animals which you can feed.

Strawberry Festival — Clifton, New Jersey
171 Grove Street
Saturday, June 1
Urban farm organization City Green returns with its second-annual strawberry fest. Stop by the Farm Eco Center to pick fresh berries off the vine, listen to live music, and participate in arts, crafts, and family-friendly activities.

Strawberry Fair at Benner's Farm — East Setauket, Long Island
56 Gnarled Hollow Road
Saturday, June 8–Sunday, June 9
Sample homemade strawberry delicacies at this fair, including ice cream, jam, and berries dipped in chocolate. Kids can also take part in old-fashioned games like wheelbarrow and balloon races, play with farm animals and enjoy live music.

Head to Beacon for the Strawberry Festival in June. Photo courtesy of Dutchess County

Beacon Strawberry Festival — Beacon, New York
2 Red Flynn Drive
Sunday, June 9
The Beacon Sloop Club organizes this old-fashioned festival, which includes live music and plenty of fresh strawberry eats. All proceeds support the club's environmental efforts.

Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival — Mattituck, Long Island
1175 Route 48
Thursday, June 13–Sunday, June 16
This 64th annual fundraiser is a wonderful way to spend Father’s Day weekend. Strawberries are in peak season and you can enjoy chocolate-dipped strawberries and strawberry shortcake. Other family fun includes carnival-style rides and games, live music, and craft vendors.

Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Farms

Bishop's Orchards — Guilford, Connecticut
1355 Boston Post Road
Approximately 1.5 hours by car from Midtown Manhattan
Strawberries are the first fruit of the season, usually starting in June, and last until early July. The orchard also offers pick-your-own blueberries and peaches this summer, and a beautiful sunflower maze come August. There's even an onsite winery with year-round tastings.

Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm — Sharon, Connecticut
461 Cornwall Bridge Road
Approximately 2 hours by car from Midtown Manhattan
Before or after picking strawberries, kids can check out the vintage Lionel model train display (weekends only). Ellsworth Hill reopens in June for berry picking. Farm fun continues into the fall with more pick your own and a corn maze.

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Strawberries bring smiles at Fishkill Farms. Photo courtesy of the farm

Fishkill Farms — Hopewell Junction, New York
9 Fishkill Farm Road
Approximately 75 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Fishkill's pick-your-own strawberry season begins in June. Other pick-your-own fruits this summer include cherries, peaches, and nectarines. There's no petting zoo, but kids can observe small farm animals like rabbits and chickens. Pack a picnic and stay the day.

Greig Farm — Red Hook, New York
227 Pitcher Lane
Approximately 2 hours by car from Midtown Manhattan
This farm has been offering pick-your-own fruits and vegetables for decades and doesn't use synthetic chemicals. Strawberry harvesting takes place in June. While you're there, stop by the barn to feed the pygmy goats who call it home or throw some food into the koi pond.

Johnson's Corner Farm — Medford, New Jersey
133 Church Road
Approximately 90 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
Strawberry season opens in late May and lasts through mid-June at Johnson's Corner. During weekends, there will be music, bouncy house fun, and a grill cooking up hamburgers and hot dogs for purchase. For a small fee, hop aboard a hayride for a tour of the farm or visit the Discovery Barnyard to meet some new, furry friends.

Jones Family Farms — Shelton, Connecticut
Route 110 and Walnut Tree Hill Road
Approximately 90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Pick your own strawberries and blueberries at this 400-acre family farm, which also offers cooking classes in the Harvest Kitchen and wine for the adults at the Jones Winery. Call before you go because pick-your-own hours can change due to weather.

Lawrence Farms Orchards — Newburgh, New York
306 Frozen Ridge Road
Approximately 80 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Lawrence Farms Orchards kicks off its pick-your-own season in early June. There's typically a hay bale maze, friendly goats, and even kids birthday party options at this family farm. 

Lewin Farms — Wading River, Long Island
812 Sound Avenue
Approximately 90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Lewin Farms was the first pick-your-own farm on the isle and has been around for four generations. Strawberries aren't the only fruit you'll find here. Try your hand at blueberry and peach picking as well as other summer fruits and veggies. Reopens for the season on Memorial Day weekend.

March Farm — Bethlehem, Connecticut
160 Munger Lane
Approximately 2 hours by car from Midtown Manhattan
There's lots of fun to be had at this fourth-generation family farm. Once you've collected your fill of pick-your-own strawberries, visit the petting zoo, the Hayloft Playscape, and bakery.

Mead Orchards — Tivoli, New York
15 Scism Road
Approximately 2 hours by car from Midtown Manhattan
Pick your own strawberries on afternoons and weekends throughout June at Mead Orchards, a pretty 180-acre family farm in the Hudson River Valley area. The hours for pick-your-own vary, so call ahead.

Rose's Berry Farm — South Glastonbury, Connecticut
295 Matson Hill Road
Approximately 2 hours by car from Midtown Manhattan
Enjoy a breakfast overlooking the fields—complete with fresh fruit topping—then head out to pick your own strawberries. Availability depends on the weather, so be sure to call ahead.

Scott's Yankee Farmer — East Lyme, Connecticut
436 Boston Post Road
Approximately 2 hours by car from Midtown Manhattan
Pick-your-own strawberry season runs early June through early July at this family-run Connecticut farm. Be sure to check out the farm's roadside stand for pre-picked veggies and cider doughnuts.

Sussex County Strawberry Farm — Andover, New Jersey
565 Route 206 North
Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
This family-owned farm has been selling sweet pick-your-own strawberries for decades. The farm recommends arriving early in the day or in the late afternoon when the temperatures are cooler for prime picking conditions. Stay to visit the garden center or peruse the farm's selection of handcrafted outdoor furniture.

Terhune Orchards — Princeton, New Jersey
330 Cold Soil Road
Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
Pick-your-own strawberries are ready in late May and last through early June at the family-owned Terhune Orchards. If you can swing a weekday visit, there's a Read & Pick Program where kids can enjoy a storytime before heading to the fields. For more family-friendly fun, visit the animals, walk the Farm Trail through the woods and pasture, or climb on the tractors for a fun photo-op.

This article was first published in June 2011 but is updated annually.

Benner's Farm
56 Gnarled Hollow Rd
East Setauket, NY 11733

Lewin Farms
812 Sound Ave
Wading River, NY 11792

Patty's Berries and Bunches
410 Sound Avenue
Mattituck, NY

Bishop's Orchards Farm Market and Winery
1355 Boston Post Rd
Guilford, CT 06437

Scott's Yankee Farmer
436 Boston Post Rd
East Lyme, CT 06333

Jones Family Farms
606 Walnut Tree Hill Rd
Shelton, CT 06484

Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm
461 Cornwall Bridge Rd
Sharon, CT 06069

March Farms
160 Munger Ln
Bethlehem, CT 06751

Rose's Berry Farm
295 Matson Hill Rd
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Lawrence Farms Orchards
306 Frozen Ridge Rd
Newburgh, NY 12550

Mead Orchards
15 Scism Rd
Tivoli, NY 12583

Fishkill Farms
9 Fishkill Farm Rd
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

Greig Farm
223 Pitcher Ln
Red Hook, NY 12571

Sussex County Strawberry Farm
565 Route 206 North
Andover, NJ 07821

Johnson's Corner Farm
133 Church Road
Medford, NJ 08055

Beacon Strawberry Festival
2 Red Flynn Drive
Beacon, NY 12508

Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Lane
Chester, NJ 07930
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