It's strawberry time!

quarts of strawberries

Berry good!

Update: Here's information for this year (2011).
_____
The warm spring has resulted in an early strawberry season this year. In fact, we are at the peak of the season, according to the New York State Berry Growers Association.

Here are a handful of places in the greater Capital Region that you can pick your own strawberries. Know of a good place not on this list? Please share!

Important: you should call ahead the day you're heading out to get the conditions

Albany County

Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont Rd, Altamont, NY (map)
(866) 640-PICK
Monday-Sunday 9-4:30
Pick your own strawberries are $2.95/quart

Columbia County

Samascott Orchards
5 Sunset Ave, Kinderhook, NY (map)
(518) 758-7224
Monday-Sunday 8-6
PYO strawberries $2/pound with a $5 minimum per person

Rensselaer County

The Berry Patch
15589 NY 22, Stephentown, NY (map)
(518) 733-1234
Pick your own is Thursday-Sunday 9-3
PYO strawberries just started June 10. "You can save a little by bringing your own containers."
If you pick less than 10 pounds, strawberries are $3/pound -- they get cheaper as pick you more.

Saratoga County

Bowman Orchards
141 Sugar Hill Rd, Rexford, NY (map)
Monday-Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 12-5
(518) 371-2042
There's a $2/person pick your own entrance fee, and strawberries are $2.59/pound

Washington County

Hand Melon Farm
533 Wilbur Avenue, Greenwich, NY -- between Schuylerville and Greenwich (map)
(518) 692-2376
Monday-Friday 8-6, Saturday and Sunday 8-5
pick your own strawberries are $2/pound

Update:

Via @BenitaZahn: "and if you don't want to pick cruise rt 50 in glenville/scotia. the stands are brimming with the berries"

photo: Flickr user kthread

Comments

Is Swartz U-Pick in Schodack still open?

My backyard. But they're mine, MINE I tell you!

Yesssss! I've been wanting to go--we went a lot when I was a kid--but wasn't sure where! I'd be curious if anyone knows about picking raspberries also--I think I remember seeing signs las summer, but I forget where. Mmm, berries.

Ariel's Farm
194 Northern Pines Road Wilton, NY 12831
(518) 584-2189

Thinking about braving the rain and heading over tomorrow.

Altamont Orchards
$2.09 / lb

Check the website for directions -- fields are in a different place than the farm stand:
http://www.altamontorchards.com/

Monday - Friday 8am until Noon
Saturday and Sunday 8am until 3 pm

Anyone know about organic pick you own strawberries (not certified organic is perfectly fine) or low spray strawberries or integrated pest management strawberries? Thanks....

Strawberries are $1.99 at Hannaford.

I like Best Berry Farm in Rensselaer County.

There are a LOT more U-Pick farms, and a few Fruit Festivals in the Capital Region. See Pick Your Own ... Fruit In The Capital Region at
http://albanykid.com/2010/06/15/pick-your-own-fruit-in-the-capital-region.

Swartz is still open, I think until 7 pm. I was there yesterday.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Dan Savage at RPI later this week

Author/sex advice columnist/podcaster Dan Savage will be at RPI this Friday, January 27. It's free and open to the public. Savage is, of course, famous... (more)

LGBT Law Series at Albany Law

Albany Law School starts a series of informational events about legal issues in LBGT communities next week. The lineup: January 30: The State of LGBT... (more)

Icy, Snowy Apocalypse Watch

In the days of old, when winter's teeth were sharp and the snow built mountains, the people of this land would feel the rumble of... (more)

Morning Blend

March and rally in Albany The Inaugurate Resistance" march and rally in Albany this past weekend drew 7,000 people, according to organizers. Participants were there... (more)

The week ahead

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (messy start), to lies,... (more)

Recent Comments

Bruce Fence Company came through for me in a big way last spring. Another local fence company gave me a price and a date and then faded away. (Perhaps a bigger job came along, but have the decency to call.) Needless, to say this failure to keep the date as promised created frustration with the neighbor on the other side of the fence. From my first telephone contact with Bruce to my first visit in their office and then through to completion of the job, every interaction was friendly and professional. The entire transaction went like clockwork.

Photos from the "Inaugurate Resistance" march and rally in Albany

...has 16 comments, most recently from SGK

Checking out the new Albany Center Gallery space

...has 1 comment, most recently from Laura M.

Icy, Snowy Apocalypse Watch

...has 1 comment, most recently from ace

Good places for gluten-free desserts?

...has 9 comments, most recently from George

A good contractor for installing a fence?

...has 8 comments, most recently from chrisck