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Strawberry Picking in the Hudson Valley

Strawberries from the supermarket or farmers market are tasty, but picking your own strawberries is a springtime experience worth savoring with your family. Fortunately, there are plenty of farms 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 patch appears to be cleaned out, more berries may ripen soon after. Calling the farm you plan to visit before heading over is always a good idea. To prolong the life of your freshly picked berries, wash them only when ready to use.

Read on for local strawberry picking farms 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 Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

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 practicing social distancing.

1. Fishkill Farms – Hopewell Junction

2021 update: Reservations for strawberry picking are required, and group size is limited to five people. Visitors are assigned a designated area for picking to maintain distancing requirements. Registration opens starting in late May or early June. Rates are being finalized. Masks required.
Strawberries at Fishkill Farms are certified organic and are chosen for taste and sweetness rather than durability. The farm store is open from 9 am-6pm Tuesday through Sunday, and a Cider Bar is open 11am-5 pm Tuesday through Sunday.

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

2. Greig Farm – Red Hook

2021 update: COVID-19 safety precautions are listed on the farm’s website.
For more than 60 years, Greig farm has offered pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. There, you’ll also find goats, food, and a farm market. Walking trails surround the property, offering families an opportunity for an after-berry walk. Bring quarters to purchase feed from the dispensers for the baby goats!

Lawrence Farm Orchards offers acres of fresh berries.

3. Lawrence Farm Orchards – Newburgh

2021 update: COVID safety protocols and other details will be announced closer to the start of the pick-your-own season.
Beyond berry-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 (under 2 are 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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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, and strawberry picking usually begins in June, though an opening date for 2021 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.

5. Dressel Farms – New Paltz

2021 update: Strawberry picking is currently slated to start no sooner than Monday, June 14. Updates are posted on the farm’s Facebook page.
After filling your basket of berries, be sure to snag a pint (or more!) of Dressel Farms farm-made ice cream in the market, with flavors like peanut butter power hour and vegan oat-rageous strawberry. Additional items are also available.

Handful of fresh strswberries
Kelder's Farm requires reservations to pick its juicy crop.

6. Kelder's Farm – Kerhonkson

2021 update: Strawberry picking requires reservations this season, so book your slot in advance.
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), and enjoy other activities while there like mini golf, games, a play area, farm animals, and more. Say hi to the new baby bull calf!

Photos courtesy of the farms

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

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