June 08, 2015 How-To

The 18 Best Farms to Pick Your Own Fruits in Upstate NY

Having an understanding of where your food comes from is part of a healthy lifestyle. Pick-your-own farms (PYO) and orchards provide the experience and satisfaction of harvesting your own produce and enable you to bring the farm-to-table concept to your home. More importantly, they offer a fun, cost-effective activity the entire family can enjoy.

Pick-Your-Own Tips

A little planning ahead can help you make the most of your PYO trip.

  • Always call ahead to confirm that the farm has what you want.
  • Take snacks and plenty of water.
  • Dress in comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. This goes for shoes, too.
  • Practice safe sun (e.g., wear sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses).
  • Be aware of farm rules (PYO minimum, no pets, etc.).
  • Save money by bringing your own containers. Farms will typically weigh them, place a sticker on them, and deduct the weight of the containers from the weight of the crops.

Where to Go, What to Pick

To help you navigate the PYO world, CDPHP® compiled the following list of local farms and orchards that offer this unique opportunity, as well as a guide to which fruits and veggies are available when and some seasonal recipes you can make with your newly acquired bounty. Please note that this list is not comprehensive. For a better idea of what each location offers, visit their website.


The month of June is when the upstate New York growing season really gets underway. Look for strawberries, rhubarbs, cherries, and snap peas, among other delicacies.

Featured Farm Featured Crop County
Altamont Orchards Strawberries Albany
Samascott Orchards Rhubarb Columbia
Prospect Hill Orchards Cherries Ulster
Kelder’s Farm Snap Peas Ulster
Sand Flats Orchard Strawberries Montgomery
Buhrmaster Family Farms Strawberries Schenectady

Featured Recipes: Strawberries and Cream, Cherry-Walnut Tart, Rhubarb Applesauce



Nothing says summer like ripe, fresh tomatoes. Raspberries and blackberries are also at their prime. Pie, anyone?

Featured Farm Featured Crop County
Hurds Family Farm Raspberries Ulster
Bowman Orchards Blackberries Saratoga
Dubois Farms Tomatoes Columbia
Cashin's Farm Raspberries Montgomery

Featured Recipe: Raspberry & Kale Smoothie



Blueberries and sweet corn – two more summer essentials that you can find throughout New York state. Round out your August harvest with cucumbers and pears.

Featured Farm Featured Crop County
Kelder’s Farm Cucumbers Ulster
Indian Ladder Farms Blueberries Albany
Meadowlark Farm Blueberries Fulton
Dubois Farms Pears Columbia
Bohringer' Fruit Farm Sweet Corn Schoharie

Featured Recipes: Lemon-Tarragon Grilled Corn, Blueberry-Apricot Shake



Apples – practically synonymous with New York state – are ready for the picking starting in September. You can also still find squash and grapes.

Featured Farm Featured Crop County
Samascott Orchards Squash Columbia
Heller’s Farm Grapes Columbia
Goold Orchards Apples Rensselaer
Rogers Family Orchards Apples Fulton

Featured Recipes: Baked Cod with Summer Squash, Carrot-Apple Slaw



It’s officially fall, and that means pumpkins and more pumpkins! Several varieties of peppers are also still available.

Featured Farm Featured Crop County
Hand Melon Farms Peppers Washington
Hay Berry Farm Pumpkins Rensselaer

Featured Recipes: Spinach Pasta with Avocado-Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Grilled Asparagus & Peppers with Orange-Balsamic Dressing

Take Your Pic(k)

Calling all shutterbugs/PYO enthusiasts! We invite you to post a photo of your recent PYO trip to your favorite social media outlet and tag CDPHP.

Alexa Kerins
About Author

Alexa is the director of marketing communications and helps with planning, writing, and editing alongside her team of talented communications specialists. She is an eternal optimist who likes food, fun exercise classes, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband, family, and friends. You can often find her obsessing over her mini golden doodle and uttering cheesy quotes like “you’re the bee’s knees” and “team work makes the dream work.”

10 Responses to “The 18 Best Farms to Pick Your Own Fruits in Upstate NY”

  1. Susan Roth

    I am wondering why CDPHP does not post information about the Montgomery and Fulton County areas. We are insured by CDPHP yet we always seem to be excluded from info. Are we not as important as your other clients?

    • Suzanne Huwe

      Hi, Susan. CDPHP is committed to all of its members, and we’re always working to bring you the most up-to-date information that’s available in your community and beyond. You’re correct — there are several pick-your-own farms in Montgomery and Fulton counties. Here are a few:

      Meadowlark Farm, Broadalbin – pick-your-own blueberry farm; 518-883-6542
      Rogers Family Orchards, Johnstown – pick-your-own apples
      Cashin’s Farm, Fultonville – strawberries and raspberries available as pick-your-own
      Sand Flats Orchard, Fonda – strawberries and apples available as pick-your-own

      If there are others that you love, please share. I am sure our members would love to hear about them! – Suzanne

    • Suzanne Flansburg

      Bohringer’s Fruit Farm 3992 State Route 30 in Middleburgh has pick your own Strawberries in June, July they have Red Raspberries and Blueberries.

      • Suzanne Huwe

        Hi, Suzanne: Thanks for your helpful addition. We hope you have a great picking season! ~ Suzanne

  2. Anita Ripple

    Do you have any information for Montgomery or Schenectady Counties?

    • Suzanne Huwe

      Hi, Anita. Thank you for asking. Yes, there are pick-your-own farms in Montgomery and Schenectady counties. For example, Buhrmaster Family Farm, Scotia (strawberries available as pick-your-own). There are also several in the comment above. Do you know of others that you would like to share? We’d love to hear about them! – Suzanne

  3. David Hughes

    Love this info about local farms and their produce. I just became a member of Juniper Hill Farm. They partner with a few other farms to provide everything that I need. They’re located off of exit 31 in Wadhams. Presently, they deliver as far south as Glen’s Falls. They’re looking to bring their farm to table amazing food (produce, poultry, ground beef, beef, sausage, eggs, yogurt, etc..) to the Saratoga area.

    Have you ever thought about informing your members of local farms that offer shareholding, CSA’s, etc. This healthy philosophy seems to parallel that of yours. Enjoy the day

  4. Sumedha

    What is the best place near Albany NY for apple and berry picking along with animal farm and any activities for toddlers. I want to make it a fun filled day for everyone. Any ideas?

    • Alexa Kerins

      Hi, Sumedha – According to our list, looks like Altamont Orchards or Indian Ladder Farms might be your best bets. Due to likely COVID-19-related restrictions, I’d recommend calling ahead to anywhere you plan on going to make sure they’re open and have the produce you’re looking for. Enjoy!

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