Where to Pick Your Own Blueberries, Raspberries, and Blackberries Near NYC in 2021

Bishop's Orchards is a gorgeous spot for berry picking.
Bishop's Orchards is a gorgeous spot for berry picking.

Juicy blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are usually in season from July through the end of August near NYC. 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 12 spots in the tristate area, all less than 2 hours from NYC (including one accessible by mass transit), plus our helpful been-there-done-that tips. Check out our comprehensive guide to all the nearby pick-your-own farms for everything from peaches to flowers and veggies.

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Please note, many of these pick-your-own farm experiences are dependent on fruit availability and the weather, so call ahead.

Berry Picking Farms in Connecticut

1. 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 grownups. Everyone going out to the berry fields must have a Jones berry container, and there is no eating what you pick in the fields. Online reservations are strongly recommended. Pre-purchased tickets require a $15 group deposit which is credited back when you check out at the farm.

Girl picking blueberries at Bishop's Orchards
Pick berries in Bishop's Orchards' gorgeous fields.

2. 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, which last through the fall. Kids love visiting with goats, alpacas, and llamas. It's pay before you pick, and no outside containers are allowed. Also, there is no picnicking on the farm at this time.

Find more berry farms on our Connecticut site.

Berry Picking Farms on Eastern Long Island

3. 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.

4. Patty's Berries and Bunches – Mattituck

410 Sound Avenue
About 95 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Pick blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries at this female-owned, 40-acre farm and then cool off with a scoop of its locally made ice cream. There is a $7.50-per-person charge to pick, but that also nets you one basket of berries per picker.

5. 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 time it right, you may even score a few peaches. Pickers pay upfront 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.

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Girls picking blueberries at Alstede Farm
Fill your basket at Alstede Farms. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala

Berry Picking Farms in New Jersey

6. 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 offers a slew of entertainment extras, including hayrides and pony rides to enhance your visit. 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 (available on weekends and holidays by appointment). 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. To guarantee a spot, visitors must pre-purchase timed-entry tickets before arriving on the farm.

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Kids in a berry picking field at Sussex County Strawberry Farm
Enjoy a day in the lovely fields at Sussex County Strawberry Farm in Andover.

7. 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.

8. 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 to round out the day. Tickets include hayrides that make stops at the freshest crops. For an additional fee, combine your pick-your-own ticket with admission to the Discovery Barnyard Playground and the Animal Farm. Reservations are required.

9. 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.

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Two kids picking bluberries at Fishkill Farms
Organic Blueberries are ready for picking at Fishkill Farms. Photo by Sara Marentette

Berry Picking Farms in New York's Hudson Valley

10. 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. The farm also has U-pick cherries, peaches, and nectarines. Kids can visit with the small farm animals, including rabbits and chickens. Reservations are required; each reservation includes admission for 5 people. Anyone beyond that group of 5 will be charged $5 per person. Ages 2 and younger are not included in the reservation count, and enter for FREE.

11. 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 4 with $3 credited back when you pay for your berries. Cash only.

Find more berry farms on our Westchester site.

Berry Picking Farms in Pennsylvania

12. 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. Admission is $7 online, $8 at the door (children under age 2 are FREE), and includes: wagon rides to the crops plus access to the Bears playground, the BarnYard animals, and pedal go-carts.

Know Before You Go Berry Picking

  • 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 usually 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.

This story was first published in 2018. It is updated annually.

Unless noted, photos courtesy of the farms/orchards

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