Strawberry season has started! The local pick-your-own farms are open for the season. And it sounds like the crop has turned out OK, despite the weird spring, though some of the farms say the season will be short.
A typical strawberry season here usually only lasts a few weeks -- so don't wait. It sounds like this weekend, and especially the next week, will be the prime time.
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.
6654 Dunnsville Road Altamont, NY 12009 (map)
Monday-Friday 8 am-noon | Saturday and Sunday 8 am-3 pm
PYO strawberries are $2.15/pound Thursday-Tuesday, $1.99 on Wednesday
Bring your own containers. "Season will be short do not wait."
5 Sunset Ave, Kinderhook, NY (map)
Monday-Sunday 8 am-6 pm
PYO strawberries are $2/pound. The person we talked with on the phone today said the crop is looking "really good" right now. PYO just started this week. (Sadly, Samascott won't have cherries this year -- the warm spring/then frost killed the blossoms on the trees.)
The Berry Patch
15589 NY 22, Stephentown, NY (map)
PYO strawberries starts June 9. The PYO strawberry patch will be open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 9 am-1 pm. "The late March and early April freezes froze most of the first blossoms before they ever came out of the plant. Because we lost those first blossoms, the season will be short! ... The season will probably be over before the end of June!"
1581 Eleanor Drive, Castleton, NY (map)
The voicemail message didn't have info about PYO strawberries (we're waiting for a callback), but judging from their Facebook page, it looks like the season has started.
Best Berry Farm
1078 Best Road, East Greenbush, NY (map)
The answering machine message says PYO strawberries are open for the season, 8 am-4 pm. The message says it's still a bit a early -- the crop will be better next week.
141 Sugar Hill Rd, Rexford, NY (map)
Monday-Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 12-5
Crop is looking "very good." There's a $2/person pick your own entrance fee, and strawberries are $2.69/pound. You can bring your own containers (make sure to have them weighed when you get there) -- or you can buy them for $1 or $1.50 (depending on size).
194 Northern Pines Road Wilton, NY 12831 (map)
PYO strawberry season opened June 6. They're open 9 am-6 pm. Baskets and trays are available, and you can also bring your own. The message didn't include price or condition info.
7 Swaggertown Rd. Scotia, NY 12302 (map)
Friday and Saturday 9 am-6 pm
Now open for PYO strawberries. The answering machine says berries are currently "plentiful," so they'll also be open on Sunday. No info on pricing.
180 Saratoga Road Route 50, Glenville, NY (map)
Monday-Friday 9 am-6:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am-6 pm
The PYO strawberry field was damaged by Irene, so there are no PYO strawberries this year. But the farms other strawberry field is OK, and they're selling strawberries at their farm stand -- $4.95/quart.
Bohringer's Fruit Farm
3992 State Route 30, Middleburgh, NY (map)
Every day 8 am-5 pm
PYO strawberries opened today (June 8). They're $3/quart. The crop looks "pretty good" right now, but will be more plentiful next week. (The berries posted on the farm's Facebook page this week are gorgeous.) Bohringer's is right in the flood plain of the Schoharie Creek -- but the person we talked with today said all the crops bounced back from last year's flooding. (They did lose a few old apple trees that had been uprooted.)
Hand Melon Farm
533 Wilbur Avenue, Greenwich, NY -- between Schuylerville and Greenwich (map)
Monday-Friday 8 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am-5 pm
PYO strawberries opened June 2. "Bountiful picking should be expected" this weekend (June 8), with "expected peak between June 10th-20th." Pick your own strawberries are $2/pound.
photo: Flickr user kthread
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