Find a local pick your own farm here!

Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Columbia County in Southeast NY?  Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in Columbia County in Southeast NY, sorted by county. Those that offer organic or sustainably grown produce are identified by the words "organic" and/or "sustainable" in Green, next to their name  (see "What does Organic mean?"). The U-pick crops they offer follow the name of the farm. To search the page for a specific crop, use Ctrl-F (or on an ipad or Mac, use their "search on this page" function) If they have a website, the name will be in blue and underlined; click on it and it will open their website. If you find anything outdated or inaccurate, see the customer and farmer menus (as appropriate) at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! And if you know of any farms I missed and want to add a farm, please let me know!   I'm making updates for this year as fast as I can - if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working - please let me know!

What's in season in May 2019, and other timely information:

Notes for May 2019: Summer is here and that means Strawberry season is going and blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and peaches will start  in a month or so. Tomatoes, corn and other vegetables will follow, too. Check your area's copy calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for seasonal updates.

See these pages to find a local Strawberry Festival, Peach festival or a Blueberry festival. We have a guide to peach varieties here. Also recipes, canning and freezing directions for strawberries, blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, corn etc.

See our comprehensive list of easy home canning, jam and jelly making, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me! It is easy to make your own ice cream, even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream - see this page. Also note, there are many copycat website listing U-pick farms now.  They have all copied their information form here and usually do not ever update.  Since 2002, I've been updating the information every day but Christmas; so if you see anything wrong or outdated, please write me!

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Columbia County in Southeast NY U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2019, by county

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Columbia County

  • Don Baker Farm - Pick your own cherries, pears and apples. 
    183 Route 14, Hudson NY, 12534. Phone: 518-828-9542. (Greenport, NY). Email: [email protected]. Open: June and August thru October, daily Every day 9am  to 5pm, June through October. Also, Roadside Stand  - Seasonally fresh fruits and vegetables. Both sweet cherries and sour cherries (aka, pie cherries). UPDATE for 2018: There is NO 2018 Sweet Cherry Picking. We are sorry to announce that we will not be opening for sweet cherry picking this season. The cherries that we have are scattered in the tops of the trees and unable to be picked from the ground. We don't want our customer driving long distances and being disappointed. We will make a decision on Sour Cherry Picking after July 1st,  but that may be the same situation.
    Check our website, Facebook Page, and phone message for further information on upcoming sour cherry crop. Thank you. Click here for a link to our Facebook page. (UPDATED: July 07, 2018, JBS)
  • Fix Bros Fruit Farm - apples, cherries, peaches, pumpkins,
    215 White Birch Road, Hudson, NY 12534. Phone: (518) 828-4401. Alternate Phone: (518) 828-6485. Email: [email protected]. Open: hours depend on the crop and season, Cherries and Peaches  Monday to Sunday from 8:00am to 5:00pm until end of season; Apples and pumpkins Monday to Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm until end of season. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Approximate picking schedule; Seasons go like this: Sweet Cherries - Usually ready around the end of June; Red Sour Cherries - Usually ready around the end of June, beginning of July; Black Sour Cherries (Known as English Morello) usually ready the middle of July; Peaches - Usually in the beginning of August; Apples/Pears/Pumpkins - Usually begins in the middle of September; Payment: Cash, Check;. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. Many people enjoy picnicking while taking in the great views on our Hudson Valley Farm. (UPDATED: June 24, 2018)   
  • Golden Harvest Farms Inc - U Pick Apples, Cider, Bakery, Micro Distillery
    3074 US Rte 9, Valatie NY, 12184. Phone: 518-758-7683. Email: [email protected]. Open: Pick Your Own Early September through October. Tractor Rides and Group Tours with reservation. Varieties available depending on season are Honey Crisp, MacIntosh, Macoun, Red Delicioius, Crispin, Granny Smith, Ida Red, Empire, Northern Spy, Ginger Gold, Cameo, Braeburn, Paula Red, Gala, Rome, Sansa, Zestar!, Snowsweet, Fuji, Early Fuji. Also, Roadside Stand, Farm Market, Cider. At harvest time, come and pick your own apples in a beautiful, 60-acre orchard.Come spend the morning or afternoon in our Maple Lane orchard, where you can pick nine varieties of apples while you stroll among rolling hills and ponds, and enjoy lovely views of the Catskill Mountains. Our Pick Your Own is just a five-minute drive from the Roadstand, and offers plenty of free parking, free tractor rides, and maps to guide you to your favorite varieties. You are welcome to pick any variety you like; fill your bag with all your favorites! We guarantee plenty of apples within easy reach. Our staff will show you the best picking techniques, and toward the end of the season we offer free picking poles to reach the higher branches. Apple picking is fun for all ages, and a great multi-generational family activity. We are committed to providing a safe, healthy outdoor experience at a reasonable price.We have special age-appropriate field trips by appointment for schools, daycare centers and scouts. Call our PYO coordinator Cheryl Gilbert at 518-758-7683. (UPDATED: July 07, 2018, JBS)
  • Hotaling's Farm Market - U-Pick apples and raspberries. 
    Route 9H - Claverack, 12513. Phone: 518-851-9864. Open: UPDATE for 2018, Does anyone have current information, are they still offering pick your own or are even open?  If so,  please write me,  last reported hours were daily 9 to 6, but I haven't seen an update from this farm since 2008, so call before you go. .160 acres of apples, peaches, pears, plums, vegetables and a bakery.
  • Love Apple Farm - apples, blueberries, cherries, gooseberries, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations, events at your location (call for info)
    1421 State Route 9h, Ghent, NY 12075. Phone: 518-828-5048. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday - Tuesday 10 am to 5 Wednesday - Thursday 9 am to 5 Friday - Sunday 9 am to 6. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: For a map to our farm, click here. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Love Apple Farm's Typical  U-Pick Calendar: Actual dates will vary due to weather conditions and other factors. Please call us at (518) 828-5048 to verify the status of the product you are interested in:
    Fruit Early Most Active Late
    Apples July 15 Sept. 1-Oct. 25 Oct. 31
    Blackberries July 10 July 15-July 30 August 10
    Blueberries July 15 August 1-Sept. 10 Oct. 15
    Cherries, sour June 10 July 1-31 August 10
    Cherries, sweet June 10 July 1-31 August 10
    Gooseberries June and July
    Peaches July 15 July 20-Sept. 1 Sept. 15
    Plums July and August
    Raspberries August 1 June 15-20 July 10
    (UPDATED: July 07, 2018, JBS) (ADDED: November 30, 2016)
  • Philip Orchards - plums, pears, apples, and raspberries, currents and gooseberries.  
    270 Route 9H - Claverack, NY 12513 - (518)851-6351 - FAX# (518)851-2305. Email: [email protected]. Open: every day of the week from 9 am to 5:30 pm, August through October.Directions: The Orchards are on Route 9-H one Mile north of the traffic lights in Claverack,NY, two miles south of Route 66. Our GPS location is 270 Route 9H Claverack, NY 12513. The Orchards are in the Hudson Valley, 45 minutes south of Albany, NY, about 2 1/2 hours north of New York City.  Our entire 100 acre crop of  is for pick-your-own. Picnickers welcome. Sept. 1 - Jonamac Apples
    Sept. 8 - McIntosh, Cortland, Spartan, Empire, R.I. Greenings Apples
    Sept. 15 - Gala, Jonathan, Macoun, Honey Crisp Apples; Bosc and Seckel Pears
    Sept. 22 - Idared, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Jonagold Apples
    Sept. 29 - Northern Spy, Rome, Lady Apples
    We look forward to seeing you here again.  (UPDATED: July 07, 2018, JBS)
  • The Chatham Berry Farm LLC - No pesticides are used, blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), raspberries (Autumn, black), Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area (bring your own food), school tours
    2309 Route 203, Chatham, NY 12037. Phone: 518-392-4609. Email: [email protected]. Open: Sunday to Saturday, from 8 am to 5 pm, open 364 days a year (Closed Christmas Day December 25th). Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. During the last week of November and the first week of December, we offer multiple holiday wreath and bow making classes. Light refreshments provided. U-Pick Black and Red Raspberries and U-Pick Blueberries ​All of our berries are pesticide-free! U-Pick closes at 5 pm, which is 1 hour before the farm store, to ensure that everyone has returned to the farm store with their berries & paid. U-Pick is weather dependent, please call ahead for picking conditions & availability. (UPDATED: July 07, 2018, JBS)  (ADDED: March 09, 2016)
  • The Pickin Shack at Hellers Farm - Christmas trees, grapes
    48 Hover Avenue - Route 9G & Hover Avenue, Germantown, NY 12526. Phone: 518)537-6076. Email us at: [email protected]. Open: September, October, November, December. Our hours are: Farm Stand Open 7 days a week 9 am to 7pm until Halloween ReOpen Friday after Thanksgiving Thursday-Sunday 9 am to dark until Christmas Eve. Directions: Route 9G 2.3 miles North of Germantown light to intersection of Route 9G and Hover Avenue. 4 Miles South of Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Click here for a map to our farm. We are Concord and Niagara Grapes Picked beginning Labor Day Weekend - Christmas Trees - Fir varieties available Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve Farm Stand offers Apples, Pumpkins, Pears, Squash, Apple Cider, Indian Corn, decorative Gourds, Corn Stalks, Homemade Baked Goods, Jams & Jellies and daily specials! If you know that you are interested in picking grapes, please sign the Guestbook on our website, or email us with your address and the amount of grapes you would like to pick. We will be sending notification of the opening iof the season to all who sign up. This is the only way you can be sure to get your grapes! (If you have sent us an email address that has changed, please update it via our guestbook.) (UPDATED: July 07, 2018, JBS)
  • Rider Farm - U Pick Apples
    100 Sawmill Road, Germantown NY, 12526. Phone: 518-537-6843. Also Farm Market. (UPDATED: April 19, 2017, JBS)
  • Samascott Orchards - apples, beans, beets, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, cherries, chestnuts, cucumbers, currants (red and black), gooseberries, table grapes (with seeds), nectarines, onions, other berries, pears, peas, peaches, peppers, plums, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Spring, yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), raspberries (Autumn, black), rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), porta-potties are available, restrooms, picnic area (bring your own food), jumping pillow, farm animals, school tours
    5 Sunset Avenue, Kinderhook, NY 12106. Phone: (518) 758-7224. Email: [email protected]. Open: daily 8 am to 6 pm; See website for seasonal opening date: Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Corn maze open Saturdays in September and October at Samascott's Garden Market;. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. New in 2017 is a children's playground and jumping pillow, plus wagon rides around the Orchard. The entrance to the U-pick closes at 5:45 pm. We require a minimum purchase of $5.00 per person for PYO guests. All vehicles will be manually inspected upon checkout. All PYO produce is priced per pound. Prices may fluctuate throughout the season. You will be charged up to $10/lb for any produce you pick that is not listed as available on the harvest map OR produce that is not brought out of your vehicle to be weighed. No pets. Please see their website for all of their rules and specifications. (UPDATED: July 07, 2018, JBS)  (UPDATED: April 18, 2017)  
  • Shortcake Farm - Pick your own strawberries.
    Route 23B - Hudson, NY  12534. Phone: (518) 851-7676. Open: Hard to know, they may have gone out of business, I can't reach them. Also a farm stand with seasonally fresh fruits and vegetables, apple cider and craft shop. Open June thru October. Hours: Every day 9am  to 6pm, June through October.
  • Smith Farms - apples, blackberries, cherries, nectarines, peaches, raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), restrooms
    200 Whitebirch Rd, Hudson, NY 12534. Phone: 518-828-1228. Alternate Phone: 518-755-6448. Email: [email protected]. Open: starting June 12,2010, from 9am to 5 pm; Please refer to our website for updates in availability of fruit as the season progresses. Directions: There is a direct link for our location on our website in the "About Us" page. Click here for a map and directions. We start with sweet cherries on June 12; We are open daily from 9am to 5 pm. Everbearing raspberries are available steadily, as they ripen. New canes on irrigation. Come early in the day. We are usually picked out by noon! Fred and Gillian Sherrington and our two collie dogs Tony and Sammi welcome you. Payment: Cash, only. PEven though we are a smaller operation, by New York State standards, we do have over 10000 new generation trees and canes that offer their fruit for pick-your-own from June to late Fall. All our fruit is on "drip" irrigation, so except when our pond goes dry, in extreme weather, our produce is plump and juicy. We will begin the season at mid/late June with the cherries, sweet and sour. Then in early August, our white flesh, sweet and juicy Saturn (flat) peaches are ready to pick and they are popular!!!! From the end of August to mid October you will be able to pick from 6 varieties of free stone peaches and nectarines and from 7 varieties of apples such as Gala, Acey Mac, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Royal Cortland, Lady Apple, and Macoun, Jonagold and Golden Delicious. Of course we will keep you posted and will give you more details on what is ready to pick as we progress. Each year is a little different, according to the weather conditions, so visit our website picking calendar regularly and come and enjoy our orchard, as well as the beautiful Catskill area. (UPDATED: July 07, 2018, JBS)
  • Thompson-Finch Farm- ORGANIC, U Pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries (red)
    750 Wiltsie Bridge Road, Ancram NY, 12502. Phone: 518-329-7578. Open: Strawberry picking begins in early June and goes through July 4; Open every day from 8 am to 5 pm. Directions: see their website. The largest pick your own organic strawberry farm in New England! They also have pre-picked organic apples. Thompson-Finch Farm is a family-run fruit farm that specializes in growing certified organic strawberries, blueberries and apples. The farm is known region wide for high quality fruit and our season long "Pick-Your-Own" operation. Our organic Apples (Sorry, no Pick Your Own Apples) are Sept thru October. Before coming to the farm, always call 518-329-7578 for the latest picking conditions. Courtesy Request: "Please leave your lovely dogs at home!" Strawberries are usually the 2nd week of June through 2nd week of July. Blueberries July through August Pick Your Own Blueberries. Before coming to the farm, always check our update notice or call 518-329-7578 for the latest picking conditions. (UPDATED: July 07, 2018, JBS)
    Comments from a visitor on September 17, 2010: "Thompson-Finch's apples, produce, and PYO berries are reasonably priced and always great, and the staff is very friendly. Always call before going; they are usually only open Wednesdays and Saturdays but the message will tell you what to expect on a given day. Raspberries are sometimes picked out in the first couple of hours so plan to go early. It's not a huge place so it's very peaceful and in a beautiful setting. I go every Saturday morning I'm up there."
  • V&R Saulpaugh & Sons - pick-your-own grapes and pumpkin
    2329 Route 9, Livingston, NY  12541. Phone: 518)537-6494. Open: UPDATE for 2018, Does anyone have current information, are they still offering pick your own or are even open?  If so,  please write me,  last reported hours were  Every day 8am  to 6pm, June through OctoberWe sell only what we grow and pick fresh daily. We have crops from mid-September to mid-Oct.
  • Wintje Farms - Pick your own apples, cherries, pears, plums and pumpkins. 
    Route 9G, Germantown, NY  12526. Phone: (518)537-6072.  Open: UPDATE for 2018, Does anyone have current information, are they still offering pick your own or are even open?  If so,  please write me,  last reported hours were  June thru November.
  • Yonder Fruit Farms - apples, cherries, strawberries, pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, black), tomatoes, U-pick and already picked
    1367 U.S. Route 9, Valatie, NY 12184. Phone: 518-758-7011. Fax: 518-828-5014. Open: Starwberries in the Spring, then apples from Labor Day until Columbus Day on weekends and holidays from 9 am to 6 pm . Directions: Click here for a map and directions. For a map to our farm, click here. Payment: Cash, check, only. Starting Labor Day Weekend, All varieties of fresh picked apples and pears to mix and match by the pound. Pick Your Own apples, raspberries, tomatoes and pumpkins. Wide selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables. Pumpkins of all sizes, gourds and other fall decor. Apple Cider. Hardy Mums. (UPDATED: July 07, 2018, JBS)

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