Pick your own strawberry season 2011

quarts of strawberries

Berry good.

It is now, officially, strawberry season in New York. This year's season seems to be a little later than last. Many local farms are just opening for pick-your-own berries. But don't wait too long -- the season only lasts a few weeks.

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

Altamont Orchards
6654 Dunnsville Road Altamont, NY 12009 (map)
(518) 861-6515
Monday-Friday 8-12:30 | Saturday and Sunday 8-3 (call for possible extended hours)
PYO strawberries are $2.09/pound Thursday-Tuesday, $1.99 on Wednesday
Peak of the season is expected starting June 17.

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. As of today, conditions are said to be "good."

Columbia County

Samascott Orchards
5 Sunset Ave, Kinderhook, NY (map)
(518) 758-7224
Monday-Sunday 8-6
PYO strawberries are $2/pound.

Rensselaer County

The Berry Patch
15589 NY 22, Stephentown, NY (map)
(518) 733-1234
PYO strawberries start June 16. Call for details then.

Swartz Farm
1581 Eleanor Drive, Castleton, NY (map)
(518) 732-7420
The message on their machine didn't have any information about berries, but it looks like they're updating their Facebook page.

Best Berry Farm
1078 Best Road, East Greenbush, NY (map)
(518) 286-0607
Opens tomorrow (June 11) for the first time, from 8 am to noon.
The message says it's still early, and the berries will be better next week.

Saratoga County

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

Ariel's Farm
194 Northern Pines Road Wilton, NY 12831 (map)
(518) 584-2189
We didn't get a message when calling today, so be sure to check.

Washington County

Hand Melon Farm
533 Wilbur Avenue, Greenwich, NY -- between Schuylerville and Greenwich (map)
(518) 692-2376
Monday-Friday 8-5:30, Saturday and Sunday 8-4:30
pick your own strawberries are $2/pound

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+ Katie has a few berry picking tips.
+ And Sandra has a collected a big list of pick-you-own places, not just strawberries.

photo: Flickr user kthread

Comments

You read my mind! I was actually googling yesterday where to find pick-your-own strawberries!!! Thank you so much.

I've already gone picking twice so far this week at Indian Ladder and the strawberries are delicious and *abundant*. More so than in previous years.

Buhrmaster Farms
189 Saratoga Road Scotia, NY 12302
(518) 399-5931

Bohringer's Fruit Farm
(518) 827-5783
3992 Rt-30, Middleburgh, NY 12122

Also, features a beautiful view of the Schoharie Valley. Worth the drive.

Does anyone know of a place to pick organic or no-spray berries?

Seth, in their list above, The Berry Patch is no (or low-) spray. They were a vendor at the Troy FM last year (haven't been yet this summer to see if they're there again). Their berries are awesome and they have varieties later than other farms.

Picked at the Altamont Orchard site this morning. I've been picking there for 25 years. It was the best picking ever--abundant clusters of ripe berries. Didn't take me all that long to pick 16 lbs. I was kind of surprised that the earlier spring rain did not cause rotting. Aside from the great price on u-pick, it's just such a nice June ritual to be out on a beautiful morning picking berries. (On the other hand, after an hour or so I really appreciate the labor of migrant workers.) Now I'll have local berries in my freezer for a treat in the winter. This is one of the things I love about this area.

Horstman Farm Rt. 50 in Scotia.

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