June means the start of something sweet – strawberry picking!

The pick-your-own season starts with strawberries, followed by cherries and blueberries in late June to early July, and peaches and other berries in July through September. There are tons of great places to visit near New York City where you will have a “berry” nice time. Always check before you go to know what is available for picking and the individual requirements for visiting any pick-your-own location, including reservation requirements. Some of our favorite spots in New York State are listed below.

Hudson Valley

Dubois Farm: One of the prettiest farms in the Hudson Valley, this is a great spot for strawberry picking (starting in July) and other fruit and vegetables throughout the season. They have a great farm stand and tavern and admission is free. 209 Perkinsville Rd, Highland, NY 12528

Fishkill Farms: Starting in June with blueberries, you can also pick cherries, raspberries, vegetables and flowers, and later in the season peaches, plums and blackberries. They have live music, hayrides and a beautiful farm shop. Reservations can be made in advance online. 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

Grieg Farm: Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are available for picking and the farm also has a great farm market that features products from local business and fresh meals to-go are available for pickup. There are also walking trails and goats to feed and play with. No advance reservations needed. 227 Pitcher Ln, Red Hook, NY 12571

Kelder’s Farm: In addition to pick-your-own strawberries and other fruits and vegetables, this farm is a favorite of many families for their awesome play areas, farm animals and huge jumping pillow. The giant gnome that greets you at the entrance is also a huge hit with families and their farm stand and concessions make for an easy place to visit. 5755 US-209, Kerhonkson, NY 12446

Lawrence Farm: Pick-your-own strawberries starts in June and throughout the summer there are many options including peaches, cherries and plums through until the start of apple season. Food is available at their concession stand and picnics are allowed after your purchases are made. There is a nice play area for kids, a duck pond and farm animals. No advance reservations needed. 306 Frozen Ridge Rd, Newburgh, NY 12550

Mead Orchards: There will be no strawberry picking this year, but pick-your-own cherries, blueberries, peaches, and apples will be available for the public. This hundred year old farm has beautiful views of the Catskills and has a lovely farm stand. Leashed dogs are permitted on the property along with picnics.  15 Scism Rd, Tivoli, NY 12583

Ochs Orchard: Pick-your own season season begins with strawberries and continues throughout the summer and into the fall with blueberries, tomatoes, peppers, gourds and pumpkins during the fall, amongst other things. Ochs Orchard is a 4th generation 100 acre family farm with beautiful vistas of the Warwick Valley. Their great farm market is open every day with produce from the farm along with other locally grown produce. 4 Ochs Ln, Warwick, NY 10990

Eastern Long Island

Lewin Farms: This fourth generation family farm was the first pick-your-own farm on Long Island. The farm features a corn maze and also has a wonderful farm stand with fresh fruit and vegetables. In addition to strawberry season in June, the farm also has many different types of berries, vegetables and apples and pumpkins in the fall. No advance reservations needed. 812 Sound Ave, Calverton, NY 11933

Patties Berries and Bunches: This farm and farm stand is all about berries. Starting in June, the pick-your-own season features strawberries and later, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. They have a wonderful ice cream stand (including vegan options) and also sell flowers and produce. During the season, you can also walk through their beautiful flower fields. 410 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY 11952

Wickham’s Fruit Farm: This is a great spot on Eastern Long Island for strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and peaches. There are wagon rides and a Bee Observation Station. Their farm stand features many great local products and this property is located between two salt creeks on Peconic Bay. The main house dates back to the 1700s and there is a lot of history to take in at this farm. No advance reservations needed. 28700 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY 11935

Windy Acres Farm: In addition to a wonderfully charming farm stand offering fresh local produce and farm products, this farm offers pick-your-own fruits and vegetables between May and October. Windy Acres is family owned and operated and offers strawberries, blueberries, raspberries for picking and later in the summer, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. They also have apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. 3810 Middle Country Rd, Calverton, NY 11933