Strawberry Picking Near New York City (in New Jersey and Long Island)

Strawberry Picking Near New York City (in New Jersey and Long Island)

Strawberry picking is a fun family activity in June in New York and New Jersey. This post tells you all the best strawberry picking spots in New Jersey and in Long Island.

Looking for a fun and tasty activity to do this June near New York City? Why not go strawberry picking? Not only is it a great way to spend time outdoors with friends or family, but you’ll also get to enjoy the freshest, juiciest strawberries you can find.

Lucky for us New Yorkers, there are plenty of farms within a short drive from NYC where you can pick your own strawberries (and yes you can pick apples and sunflowers too). Some of these farms also have playgrounds and other fun activities for kids.

In this post, I will cover some of the best places to go strawberry picking near New York City (mostly in New Jersey and Long Island).

Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned picker, these strawberry U-Pick farms offer a fun and delicious experience that you won’t want to miss. So, grab your sunscreen, put on your comfiest shoes, wear a cute hat and let’s hit the road to find some ripe, red, and juicy strawberries!

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best place for strawberry picking in New Jersey, New York City and Long Island

When is Strawberry Picking Season in New York and New Jersey?

Strawberry picking is one of the most popular U-pick activity for us New Yorkers, but unlike apple picking, the prime strawberry picking season is quite short.

In New York and New Jersey, the peak strawberry season typically runs from late May to 3rd week of June. However, this can vary depending on weather conditions and the specific farm you’re visiting.

If you want the juiciest strawberries, your best bet is to go the first or second week of June. But it is always a good idea to call the farm or check the farm’s website or facebook page for the most up-to-date information on what is available to pick.

Some of the farms’ websites will even tell you what type of strawberry is ripe enough to pick, but in general, do not pick anything that still has a white shoulder since strawberries do not ripe after you pick them.

Where to go strawberry picking near New York City in NJ and Long Island

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How Much Does it Cost to Pick Strawberries From Farms in New York or New Jersey?

The exact cost of U-Pick-It Strawberry farms depends on the specific farm, but in general you will need to pay for what you pick.

This means that if you pick 2lbs of strawberries, you will need to pay for the 2lbs of strawberries you picked at a per-determined price per pound.

Some of the farms will also charge a $3 (or $5 at some farms) admission fee per person. Kids under 2 are generally free to enter though. The admission fee helps the farms to maintain the fields as U-Pick strawberries actually cost the farms more than just picking strawberries themselves and selling them.

The farms need to take into account the number of strawberries that get eaten by guests during picking, as well as those that get destroyed/ thrown away and in general maintain and staffing costs.

I will list the cost of strawberry picking for each farm mentioned on this blog when I go through each farm in New Jersey and Long Island.

Strawberry picking in New Jersey and Long Island New York

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Best Strawberry Picking In New Jersey

Alstede Farms

Address: 1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester, NJ
Distance from Mid Town Manhattan: 53 miles
Driving Time from Mid Town Manhattan: 1 hr 15 min
Website: https://www.alstedefarms.com/
Reservation Required? Yes

Alstede Farms is a family-owned and operated farm located in Chester, New Jersey. It was founded in 1982 by the Alstede family with the aim of providing high-quality, fresh produce to their local community. The farm has since grown to over 600 acres and offers a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and other farm products.

Alstede is one of our favorite farms in New Jersey, with a ton of pick-your-own varieties during harvesting season from early summer to fall, including peas, raspberries, blueberries, beans, peaches, blackberries, flowers, apples, pumpkins and various vegetables.

Strawberries are available from late May to early July on Alstede Farms but be sure to check their website to see availability the day you are planning to go.

If you do not have a car, Alstede Farms also offer shuttle services on weekends and holidays by appointments.

You need reservation with a timed tickets before you visit. Pets are allowed but not inside picking area. No outside food is allowed.

Alstede farm also has live entertainment, children’s activities, farm animals, hay pyramid for climbing, and wine tasting. In the summer months there is a nice sunflower field at Alstede.

Wightman Farms

Address: 1111 Mt Kemble Ave, Morristown, NJ
Distance from Mid Town Manhattan: 42 miles
Driving Time from Mid Town Manhattan: <1 hour
Website: https://wightmanfarms.com/index.html
Reservation Required? No, but call before you go

Wightman Farms is a family-owned and operated farm located in Morristown, New Jersey. Established in 1922, the farm has a long history of providing high-quality produce to the local community.

Wightman Farms offers a a variety of fruits for pick-your-own, including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, peaches, nectarines and appls.

Pick-Your-Own is only open on the weekend when in season. The farm charges an entry fee, then you will need to pay for what you pick based on weight.

Pets are not allowed; you will need to buy food on the farm for picnics in their picnic area.

Wightman Farms is also known for its fall activities, such as hayrides, pumpkin picking, and a corn maze. The farm’s market offers a range of locally sourced products, including honey, jams, and baked goods.

Snyder’s Farm

Address: 586 S Middlebush Rd suite a, Somerset, NJ
Distance from Mid Town Manhattan: 45 miles
Driving Time From Mid Town Manhattan: 1 hour 10 min
Website: https://www.snyders-farm.com
Reservation Required? No

Snyder’s Farm is a family-owned and operated farm located in Somerset, New Jersey.

It offers a wide range of seasonable fruits and vegetables for U-Pick options, including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, aronia berries, tomatoes, tulips in the spring, sunflowers in the summer and pumpkins in the fall.

The farm also offers a fun and educational experience for visitors, with fall activities such as hayrides, a corn maze, and a farm animal area and summer sunflower trail.

Snyder’s Farm is cash only (with ATM on premise) and no outside food or pets are allowed. You also cannot bring picnic baskets, strollers or coolers in the picking area.

You will need to take a wagon ride to the picking area. 3pm is the last entry into the farm on the weekends so plan accordingly!

Sussex Country Strawberry Farm

Address: 565 Route 206 North Andover, NJ
Distance from Mid Town Manhattan: 56 miles
Driving Time from Mid Town Manhattan: 1 hour 15 minutes
Website: http://www.sussexcountystrawberryfarm.com/
Reservation Required? No

Sussex Country Strawberry Farm is a family friendly farm in Andover, New Jersey.

The farm is known for its delicious strawberries, which are available for picking during the early summer month of June. In addition to strawberries, the farm also offers raspberry and pumpkin picking.

The farm is closed on Sundays so be sure to visit on Saturday instead! There is a cool little playground at the farm and there is a farm store with flowers, jam, honey, etc.

Sussex Country Strawberry Farm only accepts cash. There is no admission fee, but it costs $9 for a small quart basket or $18 for a large quart basket for fruit picking.

Ort Farms

Address: 25 Bartley Road, Long Valley, NJ
Distance from Mid Town Manhattan: 56 miles
Driving Time from Mid Town Manhattan: 1 hour 20 minutes
Website: https://www.ortfarms.com/
Reservation Required? Admission tickets required

Ort Farms is one of the oldest farms in New Jersey, with over 100 years of history!

Now Ort Farms offers 400 acres of fun (mostly in the fall) including farm animals, kids play area, corn maze, hayrides, pony rides, monster truck rides, apple cannon, cow train rides and they have 4 acres of strawberry fields for picking.

The farm also offers sunflower trail in the summer as well as pumpkin and apple picking in the fall.

Admission tickets is required ($3) per person for kids 3 and above; then you need to purchase at least 1 container and pay for the strawberries you pick by the pound.

Lee Turkey Farm

Address: 201 Hickory Corner Rd. East Windsor, NJ
Distance from Mid Town Manhattan: 56 miles
Driving Time from Mid Town Manhattan: 1 hour 15 minutes
Website: https://leeturkeyfarm.com/
Reservation Required? Admission tickets required

Lee Turkey Farm is a family owned turkey farm that has been around since 1868. The farm has been passed down over 7 generations since it first started. They offer a variety of turkey products, including fresh whole turkeys, turkey breasts, turkey sausage, and turkey jerky.

Lee Turkey Farm strawberry picking

Besides Turkey, Lee turkey Farm offers Pick-Your-Own strawberries, cherries, peaches, apples, pumpkins and other vegetables.

There is a $3 admission charge per person for anyone 3 and up then you pay for what you pick by the pound.

The farm has a playground and farm tour. In the fall there is hayride and corn maze for the entire family to enjoy.

Pets are not allowed.

Farms View

Address: 945 Black Oak Ridge Rd, Wayne, NJ
Distance from Mid Town Manhattan: 28 miles
Driving Time from Mid Town Manhattan: 45 minutes
Website: https://www.farmsview.com/
Reservation Required? Admission tickets required

Farms View is a farm and market located in the heart of Passaic County. The farm is known for its market with fresh products, seasonal items, Christmas Trees, as well as its garden center where you can design your own planters.

They only offer pick-your-own strawberries in early summer and pumpkins in the fall with hay ride. There is also a small petting zoo on the farm.

There is a $3 per person entrance fee Monday to Friday ($5 on the weekends), then you need to pay for the strawberries by the pound.

Tindall Farms

Address: 1201 Old Trenton Road West Windsor Township, NJ
Distance from Mid Town Manhattan: 60 miles
Driving Time from Mid Town Manhattan: 1 hour 15 minutes
Website: https://www.facebook.com/tindall.farms/
Reservation Required? No

Tindall Farms is a small farm located in West Windsor and is known for their fruit picking. They have 9 varieties of strawberries to pick from and they do not use much pesticides.

Tindall Farms Strawberry picking in NJ

In the summer time Tindall Farms also offer raspberries and blueberries. In the fall you can pick pumpkins from Tindall Farms.

There is no entrance fee, you just need to pay for what you picked by the pound.

Battleview Orchards

Address: 91 Wemrock Rd, Freehold, NJ
Distance from Mid Town Manhattan: 48 miles
Driving Time from Mid Town Manhattan: 1 hour 15 minutes
Website: https://www.battlevieworchards.com/
Reservation Required? Admission tickets required.

Battleview Orchards is a family owned and operated farm located in Freehold.

They are known for their pick-your-own fruit fields, which include strawberries, sour cherries, peaches, nectarines in the summer and apples and pumpkins in the fall.

Battleview Orchards also has a country stores with fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods and fresh pressed apple cider and cider donuts in the fall.

Orchard picking areas are cash only and pets are not allowed.

There is an entrance fee of $5 per person to enter the strawberry patch, but this $5 credit will count towards the strawberries you pick.

Best Strawberry Picking In Long Island, NY

If you live in Queens or Long Island you probably do not want to drive over to New Jersey to pick strawberries.

The good news is there are also a number of great farms and orchards in Long Island that offer strawberry picking.

Lewin Farms

Address: 201-709 Fresh Pond Ave, Calverton, NY
Distance from Queens: 70 miles
Driving Time from Queens: 1 hour 45 minutes
Website: http://www.lewinfarm.com/
Reservation Required? Not required but call before hand to see availability

Lewin Farms is the first pick-your-own farm on Long Island.

Lewin Farm strawberry picking field in Long Island New York

The farm offers a variety of things you can pick, such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and peaches in the summer and vegetables, apples, and pumpkins in the fall.

Lewin Farm strawberry picking in Long Island New York City

The strawberry picking field is across the road from the market. It costs $5.5 per pound.

In the fall there is a corn maze and there is also Christmas tree picking in the winter.

No pets are allowed in the U-Pick fields or store and this farm is cash only.

Windy Acre Farm

Address: 3810 Middle Country Rd, Calverton, NY
Distance from Queens: 70 miles
Driving Time from Queens: 1 hour 30 minutes
Website: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057161333097
Reservation Required? No

Windy Acre Farm is a nice family friendly farm located in Calverton.

It offers fruit and vegetable picking in the summer and fall.

Windy Acre Farm playground. Strawberry and apple picking farm in Long Island New York

I personally love visiting this farm because it is not super crowded like some of the other more “well known” farms in Long Island. There is a large play area for kids and there are plenty of things to pick. You also have the option to ride on the wagon to get to the picking area.

Windy Acre Farm tractor ride. Strawberry and apple picking farm in Long Island New York

Food is delicious at Windy Acre Farm as well and their homemade ice cream is delicious.

There is a fee per person when you enter the picking area; cash and cards are accepted.

Patty’s Berries and Bunches

Address: 410 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY
Distance from Queens: 80 miles
Driving Time from Queens: 1.5 hours
Website: https://www.pattysberriesandbunches.org/
Reservation Required? No

Patty’s Berries and Bunches is a family owned farm that opened in 1975 by Patty DiVello.

The farm offers pick-your-own fields with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. The farm sells flowers and has a produce stand with seasonal ice cream, cider, booked goods, honey, jams and more.

In the summer months from July to September, you can also walk the flower fields for photo opportunities for a fee.

Wickham’s Fruit Farm

Address: 28700 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY
Distance from Queens: 85 miles
Driving Time from Queens: 2 hours
Website: http://www.wickhamsfruitfarm.com/
Reservation Required? Not required but call before hand to see availability

Wickham’s Fruit Farm is a large historic farm located on Long Island. It is one of the largest farms on the North Fork with about 300 acres of land. 200 acres are fruit farms so you can imagine how good fruit picking is at Wickham.

Wickham Fruit Farm for strawberry picking on Long Island

The Farm offers a variety of fruits and vegetables for picking, in particular strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, apples and peaches.

Wickham is closed on Sundays and pets are not allowed. Be sure to call ahead of time to ask for prices.

Condzella’s Farm

Address: NY-25A, Wading River, NY
Distance from Queens: 65 miles
Driving Time from Queens: 1 hour 15 min
Website: https://www.condzellasfarm.com/
Reservation Required? No

Condzella’s Farm is a small 20 acre family owned and operated farm on Long Island. The farm primarily grows asparagus, peas, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, beans and pumpkins.

Starting every June, residents of Long Island come to Condzella’s Farm to pick strawberries and other berries.

There is a fee of $10 per person and include a quart of strawberries.

Best Strawberry Picking In the Hudson Valley, NY

Aside from New Jersey and Long Island, there are a couple of other farms in the Hudson Valley that are known for strawberry picking.

Greig Farm

Address: 227 Pitcher Ln, Red Hook, NY
Distance from Queens: 110 miles
Driving Time from Queens: 2 hours
Website: https://www.greigfarm.com/
Reservation Required? No

Greig Farm is a family owned farm in the Hudson Valley since 1942.

The farm is known for its wide variety of u-pick fruits and vegetables, including asparagus, peas, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, pumpkins and apples, as well as its farm market & cafe that sells fresh produce, baked goods, burger, salad, wrap and homemade jams and jellies.

The farm also offers seasonal activities, such as farm trails, goats feeding and koi pond.

Pick-Your-Own are charged by weight. There is no admissions fee.

Saunderskill Farms

Address: 5100 US-209, Accord, NY
Distance from Queens: 95 miles
Driving Time from Queens: <2 hours
Website: https://saunderskill.com/
Reservation Required? No

Saunderskill Farms is a 300 acres family owned farm has been around since 1680 for 12 generations. It produces high quality fruits, vegetables and flowers.

The farm has a market, bakery, greenhouse and it offers pick-your-own strawberries & blueberries in the summer and 10 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch in the fall.

During the fall Saunderskill Farms has hay-rides and corn maze.

Strawberry picking in Long Island and New Jersey

Glover Farms

Address: 641 Victory Avenue, Brookhaven, NY
Distance from Queens: 60 miles
Driving Time from Queens: ~ 1 hour
Website: https://www.gloverfarmsbrookhaven.org/
Reservation Required? No

Glover Farms is a small farm located in Brookhaven on Long Island.

Most blogs do not mention this farm and I only discovered it by accident. But this farm really is great for strawberry picking and for little kids.

The farm has a small playground, picnic tables and goats. You can purchase animal feeds for $2 per bag to feed the goats.

Strawberries are big and sweet! Locals love going because the strawberries are even better than what you can find in super markets.

Summary of Best Strawberry Picking Spots near New York

June is the best time to pick strawberries and there are plenty of farms and orchards near New York City that offer family friendly pick-your-own experience.

Just to summarize, here are the list of farms in New Jersey, Long Island and Hudson Valley that offer strawberry picking in June.

Strawberry farms in Long Island New York and New Jersey

Where to pick strawberries in New Jersey

  • Alstede Farms: 1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester, NJ
  • Wightman Farms: 1111 Mt Kemble Ave, Morristown, NJ
  • Snyder’s Farm: 586 S Middlebush Rd suite a, Somerset, NJ
  • Sussex Country Strawberry Farm: 565 Route 206 North Andover, NJ
  • Ort Farms: 25 Bartley Road, Long Valley, NJ
  • Lee Turkey Farm: 201 Hickory Corner Rd. East Windsor, NJ
  • Farms View: 945 Black Oak Ridge Rd, Wayne, NJ
  • Tindall Farms: 1201 Old Trenton Road West Windsor Township, NJ
  • Battleview Orchards: 91 Wemrock Rd, Freehold, NJ

Where to pick strawberries on Long Island, NY

  • Lewin Farms: 201-709 Fresh Pond Ave, Calverton, NY
  • Windy Acre Farm: 3810 Middle Country Rd, Calverton, NY
  • Patty’s Berries and Bunches: 410 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY
  • Wickham’s Fruit Farm: 28700 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY
  • Condzella’s Farm: NY-25A, Wading River, NY
  • Glover Farms: 641 Victory Avenue, Brookhaven, NY

Where to pick strawberries in the Hudson Valley, NY

  • Greig Farm: 227 Pitcher Ln, Red Hook, NY
  • Saunderskill Farms: 5100 US-209, Accord, NY

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