Juicy blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are usually in season from July through the end of August near NYC, and some farms even have a second crop of raspberries that ripen later in the summer. So, if you missed the short but sweet strawberry picking season and can't wait for peach picking come August, now is a good time for your family to plan a berry picking outing to one of our favorite nearby farms.
Read on for the lowdown on 13 spots in the tri-state area, all less than 2 hours from NYC (including one accessible by mass transit) plus our helpful been-there-done-that tips. A word of caution: approximate driving times below do not include traffic. You'll probably run into some, especially on summer weekends near the entrances to popular farms.
Check out our comprehensive guide to all the nearby pick-your-own farms for everything from peaches to flowers and veggies.
Bishop's Orchards — Guilford
1355 Boston Post Road
About 100 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
The orchard offers several varieties of pick-your-own strawberries and blueberries, followed by raspberries and peaches in August that last through the fall. Kids will love visiting with the goats, alpacas, and llamas.
Jones Family Farms — Shelton
Route 110 and Walnut Tree Hill Road
About 90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Pick strawberries and blueberries at this 400-acre family farm that also offers cooking classes and a winery for grown-ups.
Find more berry farms on our Connecticut site.
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Low raspberry and blueberry bushes make picking easier for kids than apples in the fall. Photo by Various Brennemans via Flickr.
Eastern Long Island
Lewin Farms — Calverton
812 Sound Avenue
About 90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Lewin Farms is my family's go-to pick-your-own spot on Long Island. It's the first farm on the North Fork to allow you-pick in its orchards. Pluck blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries right off the stem or come back in August for a go at the peach trees.
Patty's Berries and Bunches — Mattituck
410 Sound Avenue
About 95 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Pick blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries at this 40-acre farm and then cool off with a scoop of locally made ice cream. There is a $7-per-person charge to pick.
Wickham's Fruit Farm — Cutchogue
28700 Main Road (Route 25)
About 105 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
A Long Island institution, Wickham's is the largest and oldest farm on the North Fork. Blueberries are available in August. If you pick in August you may even score a few peaches. Pickers pay up front rather than by the pound and you must use containers provided by the farm. Strollers are not allowed in the fields so be prepared to carry infants and tots.
Find more berry farms on our Long Island site.
Alstede Farms — Chester
1 Alstede Farms Lane
About 60 minutes from Midtown Manhattan; also accessible via New Jersey Transit
This popular fall spot also has pick-your-own blueberries and raspberries in June and July. Alstede's offers a slew of entertainment extras, including pony rides and bounce houses to enhance your visit. It is the closest farm to NYC for berry picking, and you don't need a car to get here. Instead, take New Jersey Transit to the Gladstone Station and arrange for a FREE shuttle service to the farm. There's an admission charge and most activities require tickets or a wristband. But after picking apples and pumpkins here, I can attest to how much fun this property is for kids, including quality time with an array of farm animals. For a calmer experience, arrive before noon on weekdays when you just have to pay to enter the picking fields and most attractions are closed.
Demarest Farms — Hillsdale
244 Wierimus Road
About 40 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
Peach picking season begins in mid-to-late July. The $15 general admission fee includes free parking, admission to the peach orchard, a hayride, petting zoo, playground, picnic area, and a bag to hold the peaches you pick!
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Pick blueberries with friends at Johnson's Corner Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm
Johnson's Corner Farm — Medford
133 Church Road
About 90 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
Pick some famous New Jersey blueberries and some sweet corn right off the stalk. Bring swimsuits for a session in the splash pad or hit the hayride to round out the day.
Sussex County Strawberry Farm — Andover
565 Route 206 North
About 75 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
This is my family's go-to spot for strawberry picking in New Jersey; we often head back in late August to pluck raspberries, too.
Terhune Orchards — Princeton
330 Cold Soil Road
About 80 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
A trip to Terhune Orchards for blueberry and blackberry picking also gives kids a chance to visit the animals, walk along the farm trail, or play with the barnyard toys. There is also an extensive farm market and a winery.
Find more berry farms on our New Jersey site.
Organic Blueberries are ready for picking at Fishkill Farms. Photo courtesy of the farm
New York's Hudson Valley
Fishkill Farms — Hopewell Junction
9 Fishkill Farm Road
About 75 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Fishkill's pick-your-own blueberries and raspberries are ready to pick in July. The farm also has you-pick cherries, peaches, and nectarines. Kids can visit with the small farm animals, including rabbits and chickens. There is a $5 admission charge for adults and kids over the age of 12.
Ochs Orchard — Warwick
4 Ochs Lane
About 80 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Perched at the top of a hill, the orchard has gorgeous views of the Hudson Valley to enjoy while you pick. There's also a small petting zoo with ducks, goats, and other barnyard animals for the kids. There is a $5 admission charge for adults and kids over the age of three. Cash only.
Find more berry farms on our Westchester site.
Shady Brook Farm — Yardley
931 Stony Hill Road
About 90 minutes from Midtown Manhattan by car
This historic working farm and garden center in bucolic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has blueberries and blackberries ripe for the picking. On regular, non-festival days the picking fields are accessible only via a hayride from the farm market for $3 per person.
Good to Know Before You Go
- Call ahead to confirm hours, crop availability, and prices. Many farms are small, family-run establishments that can close unexpectedly and often run out of fruit before the season ends. You can often get up-to-the minute information on their social media feeds.
- While on the phone with farm personnel, confirm that they allow children to pick. I was turned away from a strawberry field when my son was a toddler.
- Leave pets at home. They are not allowed at most farms.
- Ditto for strollers. While they may be allowed in the main entrance, they typically are not welcome in the sensitive berry fields.
- If you're thinking of a picnic, call ahead to make sure the farm allows you to bring your own food.
A version of this story was published in 2018; it has been updated for 2019.