Strawberry picking at Alstede Farms in NJ makes for a sweet day trip. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala
Strawberry picking at Alstede Farms in NJ makes for a sweet day trip. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala

Strawberry Picking Farms Near NYC

One of our favorite things about late spring and early 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 berry picking season, there is a slew of nearby farms offering strawberry 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.

Read on to discover more than a dozen strawberry picking spots, all less than 2 hours away from Midtown Manhattan.

For more day trip inspiration, check out our Family Getaways Guide, and find more local strawberry picking opportunities in our Farm Guide, or read our roundups of strawberry picking farms in Long Island, Westchester and the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. Please check each venue's website or social media to confirm current hours before heading out.

Strawberry Picking Farms in Connecticut

1. Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm – Sharon

461 Cornwall Bridge Road
860-364-0025
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 opens in early June for berry picking. Farm fun continues into the fall with more pick your own and a corn maze.

2. Rose's Berry Farm – South Glastonbury

295 Matson Hill Road
860-633-7467
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. The restaurant opens in June, and the strawberry harvest is getting close.

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Strawberry picking at Bishop's Orchards
Strawberry picking at Bishop's Orchards is a fun outing for all ages.

3. Bishop's Orchards – Guilford

1355 Boston Post Road
203-453-2338
Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Strawberries are the first fruit of the season, usually starting in June and lasting until early July at Bishop's. The orchard also offers pick-your-own blueberries and peaches in the summer and a beautiful sunflower maze come August. There's even an on-site winery with year-round tastings.

4. Scott's Yankee Farmer – East Lyme

436 Boston Post Road
860-739-5209
Approximately 2 hours by car from Midtown Manhattan
Strawberry picking season runs from mid-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.

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Basket of strawberries at Jones Family Farm
Pick a basketful at Jones Family Farm.

5. Jones Family Farms – Shelton

Route 110 and Walnut Tree Hill Road
203-929-8425
Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Pick your own strawberries and blueberries at this 400-acre family farm, which also offers cooking classes in its Harvest Kitchen and wine for the adults at the Jones Winery. Call before you go because strawberry picking hours can change due to the weather. Call the crop report at 203-929-8425 for farm updates and for picking locations.

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Fresh picked strawberries and more fun away at Fishkill Farms
Strawberries bring smiles at Fishkill Farms.

Strawberry Picking Farms in New York State

6. Fishkill Farms – Hopewell Junction

9 Fishkill Farm Road
845-897-4377
Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Fishkill's strawberry picking season begins in June. In 2021, reservations are required, plus adherence to extra safety protocols. Other pick-your-own fruits this summer include cherries, peaches, and nectarines.

7. Lawrence Farms Orchards – Newburgh

306 Frozen Ridge Road
845-562-4268
Approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Lawrence Farms Orchards kicks off its strawberry picking season in mid-June. There's typically a hay bale maze and friendly goats at this family farm. Safety protocols for the season will be announced closer to its opening date on its social media channels.

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Natural berry fields at Greig Farm
Greig Farm is a sweet little spot that grows fruits and veggies without synthetic chemicals!

8. Greig Farm – Red Hook

227 Pitcher Lane
845-758-1234
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 picking takes place in June. While you're there, stop by the barn to feed the pygmy goats or throw some food into the koi pond. Another fun, socially distant option: The staff has carved five miles of trails for running and walking around the property. Reservations are required and will be announced in early June. Visit the website for more info on COVID-19 safety precautions and rules.

9. Mead Orchards – Tivoli

2021 update: Due to deer and disease, no strawberry picking will be available in 2021. All other crops for the year will be available for picking.
15 Scism Road
845-756-5641
Approximately 2 hours by car from Midtown Manhattan
Pick your own strawberry season is underway Sunday-Wednesday at Mead Orchards, a pretty 180-acre family farm in the Hudson River Valley.

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Child in field holding strawberries
Pick delicious strawberries while practicing social distancing at Lewin Farms. Photo by Roger Cheng

10. Lewin Farms – Wading River

812 Sound Avenue
631-929-4327
Approximately 1 hour, 30 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. Its pick-your-own season runs annually from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Visit the website for 2021 rules, which include masks and social distancing.

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Kids holding bushels of berries at Johnson's Corner Farm
Time it right, and you can pick strawberries and blueberries on the same day.

Strawberry Picking Farms in New Jersey

11. Johnson's Corner Farm – Medford

133 Church Road
609-654-8643
Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
Strawberry season opens in late May and lasts through mid-June at Johnson's Corner. Reservations are required for the picking field. All visitors must wear masks. For a small fee, hop aboard a hayride for a tour of the farm. Round out your trip with a visit to the market and a swirl of soft-serve ice cream.

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Kids in strawberry field at sussex county strawberry farm
Roam the fields at Sussex County Strawberry Farm.

12. Sussex County Strawberry Farm – Andover

565 Route 206 North
973-579-5055
Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
This family-owned farm has been selling sweet pick-your-own strawberries for decades. Visit its Facebook page for 2021 rules and updates. Stay to visit the garden center or peruse the farm's selection of handcrafted outdoor furniture.

13. Terhune Orchards – Princeton

330 Cold Soil Road
609-924-2310
Approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
Strawberry picking begins in late May and lasts through early June at the family-owned Terhune Orchards. See the rules for 2021 here. You can pre-order goods from the farm store and have it ready for pickup once you're done in the fields. Plan to arrive early; fresh fruit is usually picked out before the day ends. This summer, enjoy FREE live music and wine tasting in the Wine Orchard every weekend through June 27, 2021, from 12-5pm (music from 1-4pm). Families are welcome.

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A handful of strawberries
Sweet strawberries are waiting at Alstede Farms.

14. Alstede Farms – Chester

1 Alstede Farms Lane
908-879-7189
Families can hitch a hayride to the strawberry patches at this scenic farm, which also features a fully stocked farm store, ice cream stand, and food trucks. On Thursdays through Sundays, activities tickets are available for purchase. These tickets include hay wagon rides around the farm, scavenger hunts, and access to the evergreen maze climb and the giant hay pyramid. An activities plus ticket adds on a pony and wagon train ride. Reservations for strawberry picking and farm activities are required. Check out the annual harvest schedule here.

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

Unless noted, photos courtesy of the farms

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