Picking the region


Strawberry Fun Facts

  • Strawberries were originally called strewberries because the fruit was ‘strewn’ amongst the leaves of the plant.
  • One cup of strawberries contains only 43 calories.
  • Strawberry is the only fruit with the seeds on the outside of the fruit.
  • The US produces over 1.3 million tons of strawberries each year almost 30% of world production.
  • The first garden strawberry was only cultivated in the late 18th century. Up to that point, only wild strawberries had been cultivated.

Tips for berry picking

Before You Go and While You Are There:

  1. Always call before you go to the farm – berries are affected by weather (both rain and cooler temperature) more than most crops.
  2. Leave early. Popular farms can find their farms picked early in the day.
  3. Most growers furnish picking containers designed for berries, but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers. If you have to bring your own, bring something with smooth, solid sides and bottom to prevent damage. Sides should not be deeper than 3". Too deep and berries on the bottom will bruise under the weight of the others.
  4. Dress appropriately, especially your shoes, for field conditions.
  5. Do not bring pets and expect that they will be allowed out of your vehicle.
  6. Bring a cooler with self-contained ice. Berries should be kept cool but not wet.
  7. Unripe berries will not ripen once you have picked them. Choose only fully-ripened berries.

When you get home

  1. DON’T wash the berries until you are ready to eat/use them. Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.
  2. Pour them out into shallow pans and remove any mushed, soft or rotting berries
  3. Put a couple of days supply into the fridge for quick consumption.
  4. For the remaining you can wash remove the peduncle (caps) and process into jam, pies, etc. or freeze whole for processing later. USDA provides excellent guidance on home preservation. It can be found at: http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/publications_usda.html

For more information about the Cornell Cooperative Extension system visit cce.cornell.edu Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County 765.3500 albany@cornell.edu

Eastern New York Guide to U-Pick Berries

Eagles View Farm
2089 Rt.29, Galway
July & August
8 am – 11 am

Windy Hill Farm
686 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA
July & August
9 am – 4 pm

Mead Orchards
15 Scism Road, Tivoli
June 3-7 pm, July August
10 am-6 pm
Strawberries & Blueberries

The Berry Farm
2304 Route 203, Chatham
Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries
June, July, August, September 8 am – 6 pm daily

Samascott Orchards
5 Sunset Avenue, Kinderhook
Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Cherries, Gooseberries (limited) & Currants (limited)
June, July, August, September 8 am – 6 pm daily

Story Farms
4640 Rt. 32, Catskill,
June, 9 am – 5 pm, daily

Swartz Dairy & Produce
1532 Eleanor Drive, Castleton
June, July, 8 am – 6 pm, daily

Hay Berry Farm
1176 Babcock Lake Rd, Hoosick Falls
July, August, 7 am – 3 pm, Thursday – Monday

Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont Rd., Altamont
May, June, July, 9 am – 4 pm, daily
Strawberries, Raspberries Blueberries. (See ad on page 10)

Crosby Farm
30 Bradt Hollow Rd., Berne
July, August, September, 1 pm – 7 pm, Fridays

Bowman Orchards
141 Sugar Hill Rd., Rexford
June, July, August, 9 am – 5 pm, Monday –
Saturday; 12 pm – 5 pm, Sunday
Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries

Kelly’s Emerald Feeds
672 County Line Rd., Queensbury
July, August, September, 8 am – 6 pm
Monday – Saturday
Red raspberries

Gardenworks Farm
1055 County Route 30, Salem
July, August, September, 9 am – 5 pm, and
Monday – Saturday; 11 am – 5pm



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