Where in Upstate New York to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: July 2014: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries tomatoes, corn and most vegetables are being picked in most places; strawberries are finishing or done; Peaches are in and early apples will start in late July. Find a local blueberry festival and blueberry picking tips here. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam! Make your own homemade strawberry ice cream including low fat, low sugar and other flavors))  Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!

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Upstate New York U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!

Clinton County     

  • Applejacks Orchard - apples, pears, pumpkins, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours
    751 Brand Hollow Rd, Peru, NY 12972. Phone: 518 643 2268. Email: applejacksorchard@yahoo.com. Open: Opening late August, from 10 am to 5 pm on Monday to Friday; 9 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Also with a roadside stand and a farm market. (UPDATED: June 09, 2014, from their website)  (UPDATED: May 15, 2010)
  • Blueberry Acres - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, strawberries, U-pick and already picked
    424 Dry Bridge Road, Au Sable Forks, NY 12912. Phone: 518-207-5469. Alternate Phone: 518-817-5324. Email: nursue2011@hotmail.com. Open: Everyday 8am to 5pm throughout the season. Directions: From Interstate 87 north take exit 34 turn left toward Lake Placid and Au Sable Forks. Follow for 7 miles to Clintonville bear right at the y, follow road to the end, turn left and follow for approximately 2 miles. You will see our sign on the right side of the road. Click here for a map and directions. Blueberries are usually ready mid July through August in our region; Watch our Facebook page for notices. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check.  (UPDATED: June 09, 2014, from their website) (ADDED: August 01, 2013)
  • Rulfs Orchard - Strawberries, Blueberries, and Pumpkins and Apples in the Fall
    531 Bear Swamp Road, Peru, NY, 12972. Phone: 518-643-8636. Email us at: bob@rulfsorchard.com. Open 7am to 8 pm , 7 days a week. Apple varieties: McIntosh, Empire, Cortland, Paula, Red Macoun, Lodi, Northern Spy, Delicious. Also a roadside stand and apple cider.  (UPDATED: June 09, 2014, from their website)

Essex County

Franklin County

  • Tucker Farms Inc. - strawberries,
    56 Hobart Road, Gabriels, NY 12939. Phone: 518 637 1230. Alternate Phone: 518-578-8436. Email: adkspud@hotmail.com. Open: in late June/early July for U - Pick strawberries (call ahead for availability). Directions: See directions on Tucker Farms website . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Pumpkins and a corn maze in the Fall! (UPDATED: June 09, 2014, from their website) (UPDATED: August 15, 2012) (UPDATED: September 11, 2008)

Jefferson County

Lewis County

St. Lawrence County

  • Brookdale Orchard - apples, U-pick and already picked, porta-potties
    1997 Route 49, Winthrop, NY 13697. Phone: 315-389-5840. Open: Seven days a week, 9am to 5pm daily; Early September to Halloween. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. We have McIntosh, Cortland and St. Lawrence (an antique variety only available here) available for pick-your-own. We also have Honeycrisp available for purchase, but they sell out quickly. Call for drop prices later in the season. (ADDED: November 13, 2011)
  • Canton Apples - apples,
    1538 County Road 25, Canton, NY 13617. Phone: 315-212-0950. Email: cantonapples@gmail.com. Open: Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm,  starting September 7th, 2013 until apples are gone. Directions: From Canton Village, follow Park Street through Street Lawrence University Campus. Drive past Leberge & Curtis the John Deere dealer to a 4-way stop. Turn right onto County Road 25. Follow about 1 mile past the Parkway Auto Dealer and just through flashing light on left. Click here for a map and directions. We will have a variety of mums for sale; We also invite school and youth group tours; Please call ahead to schedule;. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: August 28, 2012) (UPDATED: August 29, 2013)
  • Maple Hill Landscaping & Outdoor Services - apples, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    1538 County Road 25, Canton, NY 13617. Phone: 315-212-0950. Fax: 315-386-2745. Email: maplehilllandscape@gmail.com. Open: Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 4 pm. Directions: Follow Park Street through the Street Lawrence University Campus, past Leberge & Curtis (John Deere Dealer) to 4-way stop. Turn right onto County Road 25 and follow ~1 mile past the Parkway Auto Dealer. Orchard will be on the left. Look for the signs. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. We will have extended dates and times this fall. Please call or email us for more information. We also have a roadside stand at 317 State Highway 310 in Canton, NY. We take special orders for pick up with delivery available for large orders. An additional fee may apply for delivery. (UPDATED: September 18, 2011) (ADDED: September 15, 2011)
  • Parishville Center Apple Orchard - apples,
    702 State Route 72, Potsdam, NY 13676. Phone: (315) 212-7057. Email: pcorchards@gmail.com. Open: We are closed for the season.   Thank you very much for your business and we will look forward to seeing you next year.  Currently we are expanding the orchard for 2014, from 300 trees to 450.  In addition to the Honeycrisp, Cortland, Liberty, Empire, Macs, and Gala, we will be adding some Zestar, a very good late August apple!       s. Directions: Route 72 three miles from the State Route 56 intersection in the Town of Potsdam. Toward Parishville, follow the signs. Click here for a map and directions. Apples: approximate season date is from August 15th to November 1st. Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: October 25th, 2013)(ADDED: March 06, 2014)



Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Clinton County

  • Country Dreams Farm - Fresh local eggs, Preserves, jams, jellies, Crafts, artistic products, etc, pumpkins, rhubarb, summer squash, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    260 Pellerin Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Phone: 518-561-8941. Alternate Phone: 888-818-2701. Email: cdfarm@charter.net. Open: We are open in August every day all day as we use the honesty system; Feel free to call ahead for more information. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Corn Maze is open from September 15 through October 31; Ghost story night is October 20 and will begin at 6pm with a bonfire and smores. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. (UPDATED: April 05, 2012)

St. Lawrence County

  • Kingston Roadside Stand - Roadside stand, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, apples, asparagus, beans, broccoli, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, grapes, nectarines, pears, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), rhubarb, strawberries, tomatoes, farm animals
    39 Co. Route 34, Canton, NY 13617. Phone: 315-528-1081 . Alternate Phone: 315-854-8092. Email: linda_kingston2002@yahoo.com. Open: The Haunted Barn and Wagon Ride Friday and Saturday, the day before Halloween and Halloween Day 6pm to 10pm or later; Prices: 6 dollars per person 5 years and younger Free; It includes Haunted Barn, Wagon Ride, Drink and Popcorn and you can get your own pumpkin at The Kingston's Roadside Stand; And Sunday by appointment ONLY!. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. (UPDATED: October 10, 2013)
  • Parishville Center Apple Orchard - Roadside stand, apples,
    702 State Route 72, Potsdam, NY 13676. Phone: (315) 212-7057. Email: pcorchards@gmail.com. Open: August 15 pm to roadside stand every day from 6 am to 6 pm. Directions: Route 72 three miles from the State Route 56 intersection in the Town of Potsdam. Toward Parishville, follow the signs. Click here for a map and directions. Apples: approximate season date is from August 15th to November 1st. Payment: Cash, only. Eight varieties of apples, including Honeycrisp. Open each year around August 15, the roadside stand is stocked daily with freshly picked apples and is open 7 days a week. The U-Pick is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. (ADDED: March 06, 2014)

Local Honey Sources:

Jefferson County

  • Good Earth Honey - Honey (retail), Honey (wholesale), Blueberry honey, Buckwheat honey, Clover honey, Wildflower honey, Comb honey, Crystallized honey, Raw honeys, Whipped honey, Beeswax candles, Honey from hives on the farm, farm market
    1031 Sherman Street, Watertown, NY 13601. Phone: 315-778-1863. Email: kfinnerty9@aol.com. Open: Monday to Sunday 8 am to 8 pm; Self serve farm stand. Directions: Turn onto Chestnut Street from Washington Street. At the stop sign turn right onto Sherman Street. Farm stand is the second house from the corner on the right. Red House, Red Garage. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Our apiaries are Certified Naturally Grown. Pure raw honey without the use of chemical treatments of any kind in the hives. All for the love of bees... Nutmeg and Cinnamon Creamed Honey. Summer and fall honey varieties available. Clover, Dandelion, Buckwheat, Goldenrod, Basswood and Blueberry. Available in assorted quantities. (ADDED: September 01, 2011)

Meats, Milk and Eggs:


Horse Rides and More:

Clinton County

  • Adirondack Sleigh Rides - Sleigh Rides, Wedding facilities, Beautiful rural setting, Mountain views, Hiking trails, skiing nearby, meeting room available, horse-drawn hayrides, horse-drawn carriage rides, Horse-drawn sleigh rides (weather permitting),
    260 Pellerin Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Phone: 888-818-2701. Alternate Phone: 518-561-8941. Email: cdfarm@charter.net. Open: Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 8pm, from December 26 until there isn't enough snow; All week Christmas through New Years Day, all week President's week. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. We offer sleigh rides at Adirondack Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat in Lake Clear, NY. Group ride is 30 minutes long through the woods on a lantern lit trail and we also offer a private ride on a small cutter which is a 45 minute ride. Hot cocoa is served with both rides. Dinner is also available at The Lodge. (UPDATED: December 12, 2010)
  • Country Dreams Farm - Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, School tours, children welcome, Pets welcome, handicap accessible, horse-drawn hayrides, horse-drawn carriage rides, Horse-drawn sleigh rides (weather permitting), Fresh eggs, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    260 Pellerin Rd, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Phone: 888-818-2701. Alternate Phone: 518-561-8941. Email: Cdfarm@charter.net. Open: Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 6pm September 1 to October 27; Weekdays by appointment. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. Farm vacations on a working farm. We farm with draft horses and raise goats, donkeys, chickens, horses and mules. We offer instruction in blacksmithing and farming with horses. (UPDATED: April 05, 2012)(UPDATED: September 30, 2013)

Essex County

  • Adirondack Equine Center - Boarding stables, Overnight stables, Horse trails (guided), Horse ranches, Dude ranches / Guest ranches, Riding academies, schools, Horses rented (guided trails), Horse ranches, Dude ranches / Guest ranches, Riding academies, schools, Horse riding lessons, equipment & instruction, Western riding equipment & instruction, English riding equipment & instruction, Jumping lessons and ring, Fresh farm breakfasts, Lunches offered, Farm dinners, snacks, refreshments and/or concessions, Bed and breakfast, Tent camping, horses allowed, Hotel / Motel nearby, Mountain views, Hiking trails, Swimming pool onsite, snowmobiling nearby, washer and dryer available, Fishing nearby, hunting nearby, boating nearby, skiing nearby, snowmobiling nearby, golf nearby, tennis nearby, fitness/health club nearby, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, Pets welcome, Vegetarian meals available, meeting room available, beginners riding lessons, specialty riding lessons, horse-drawn hayrides, horse-drawn carriage rides, Horse-drawn sleigh rides (weather permitting), Riding equipment, restrooms, picnic area, pony rides, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    Lake Placid Drive, Lake Placid, NY 12946. Phone: 518-834-9933. Email: equinecntr@aol.com. Open: In the Spring and Summer Monday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm In the Fall Monday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm In the Winter Monday to Sunday from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm (9:00 pm by reservation). Directions: In the winter, our guests can use the following address to type into their gps units or search maps: 2830 Wilmington Road Lake Placid We are a neighbor to The Cellar Bistro & Grille. In the Summer & Fall: Lake Placid Drive Lake Placid, New York 12946 We are walking distance from Main Street, right across from Mirror Lake. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. Adirondack Equine runs horseback riding tours and lessons right in the heart of Lake Placid at The Lake Placid Club Resort with views of Mirror Lake, the High Peaks and the Ski Jumps. We also offer a weekly/by-monthly girls horse camp full of exciting challenges and activities. In the winter,join us for an old fashioned excursion through Lake Placid Club’s open vistas and experience the majestic forests of the Adirondack Mountains. While sipping hot cocoa, we invite you to explore the wonders of the Olympic Village, Ski Jumps, the High Peaks and Sentinel ranges of our mountains. On a clear night, immerse yourself underneath a blanket and enjoy the constellations of the Adirondack skies. All throughout the season, we offer romantic, lantern lit trails, to complete your special day. Open days & nights. Please call for reservations. A good value for your Lake Placid experience! By coming you will assist us in helping feed a rescued horse or two this winter. We also offer a spectacular dinner ride in a private, romantic setting, please inquire for more information !. (ADDED: March 06, 2011)

Farm Venues for Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:

Clinton County

  • Country Dreams Farm - You may bring your own food, Some Tables and chairs are provided, Bring Your Own Tables and chairs, Some Linens and table silverware are provided, Bring your own linens and table silverware, Bed & Breakfast onsite, B&B nearby, Hotel nearby, Motel nearby, Corn maze, Pumpkin patch, sheep, goats, horses, chickens, pigs, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, Pets welcome, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    260 Pellerin Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Phone: 518-561-8941. Alternate Phone: 888-818-2701. Email: cdfarm@charter.net. Open: We are generally open 7 days a week 10am to dark but it is always best to call ahead to be sure someone will be available; There are times we are in the field and don't see or hear someone at the farm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Corn Maze is open from September 15 through October 31; Ghost story night is October 20 and will begin at 6pm with a bonfire and smores;. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. (UPDATED: April 05, 2012)

Maple syrup sugarworks:

Lewis County

  • Simmons Farm - Fancy maple syrup, Collectors bottles or sets, Organic maple syrup, maple candies, maple butter, maple honey, Other fruit or veg, farm market
    10180 Street Route 12, Copenhagen , NY 13626. Phone: 315-486-4126. Alternate Phone: 315-767-0240. Email: shari154@aol.com. Open: order by phone or email or contact through social media listings. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Harvest is in early spring and sales are through out the year. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. . Our syrup is sold in various farmers markets throughout the area as well as at the farm. (ADDED: April 09, 2014)

Farm Bed And Breakfasts

Clinton County

  • Country Dreams Farm - 1 total room, Price range from $300 to $600, Fresh farm breakfasts, Farm dinners, Fresh eggs, Free farm tours for overnight guests, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, Pets welcome, Help feed the animals, Sustainable farming, cattle, sheep, goats, horses, chickens, pigs, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    260 Pellerin Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Phone: 518-561-8941. Alternate Phone: 888-818-2701. Email: cdfarm@charter.net. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Accommodations are simple and cozy. There is a bathroom with a shower, wood cookstove, small fridge and fans if needed. You are invited to participate with farm chores, pick fresh veggies from our garden, collect eggs, brush horses, etc. or just sit back and relax while watching the antics of the goats, chickens and pot bellied pigs. (UPDATED: April 05, 2012)

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