Where to Go Strawberry Picking in the Hudson Valley

Fishkill Farms offers certified organic berries during its strawberry picking season.
Fishkill Farms offers certified organic berries during its strawberry picking season.

Strawberries from the supermarket or farmers market are tasty, but going strawberry picking is a springtime experience worth savoring with your family. Fortunately, there are plenty of farms for strawberry picking in the Hudson Valley that offer not only strawberry picking but other attractions to round out a visit.

June is usually the peak time for strawberries, but as with all crops, conditions may vary. Strawberries grow in waves, so if a given strawberry picking patch appears to be cleaned out, more berries may ripen soon after. Calling the strawberry picking farm you plan to visit before heading over is always a good idea.

Read on for our favorite local farms for strawberry picking in the Hudson Valley. Looking for more options? We’ve also rounded up where to go strawberry picking in Connecticut and have plenty of other picks for farm fun in our Guide to Pick-Your-Own Farms in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

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1. Fishkill Farms – Hopewell Junction

Strawberries at Fishkill Farms are certified organic and are chosen for taste and sweetness rather than durability. The 2022 pick-your-own season kicks off in June, and reservations open closer to when the fruit is ready to pick. The farm store is open Tuesdays through Sundays, and there's a cider bar as well.

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Greig Farm offers strawberry picking and plenty of room to roam.
Greig Farm offers strawberry picking and plenty of room to roam.

2. Greig Farm – Red Hook

For more than 60 years, Greig farm has offered pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. Here, you’ll also find goats, food, and a farmers market. Walking trails surround the property, offering families an opportunity for post-strawberry picking walk. Bring quarters to purchase feed from the dispensers for the baby goats!

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Strawberry picking at Lawrence Farm Orchards is a family-friendly affair
Lawrence Farm Orchards offers acres of fresh berries.

3. Lawrence Farm Orchards – Newburgh

Beyond strawberry picking, this pick-your-own farm features a duck pond, goats, a market, and more. Hours are 9am-4pm daily. Admission is $5 per person for those ages 2 and up (those under 2 enter for FREE), and season passes are available for frequent visitors. A concession stand offers light lunch fare like hot dogs, panini, and pizza, as well as treats like ice cream, shakes, and pies.

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Go strawberry picking to collect a box full of fresh strawberries
Ruby red strawberries are fresh for the picking at Ochs Orchard.

4. Ochs Orchard – Warwick

Ochs always offers beautiful views. Strawberry picking is available in June, though an opening date has not yet been announced. Follow the farm on Facebook for updates on its season-opening plans. While there, enjoy homemade ice cream, the farm store, and a petting zoo.

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Go strawberry picking to grab a handful of fresh berries
Kelder's Farm requires reservations to pick its juicy crop.

5. Kelder's Farm – Kerhonkson

Take a day trip to this Ulster County farm, and you'll find not only strawberry picking but also a huge Guinness Book of World Records-winning garden gnome (at one time, it was the tallest in the world). Be sure to book your tickets online in advance as strawberry picking sessions are limited. There are more fun activities to enjoy during your trip, like mini golf, games, a play area, farm animals, and more.

Photos courtesy of the farms

The post, originally published in May 2017, is updated annually.

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