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


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


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:

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

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

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