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The 10 Best Farms for Strawberry Picking Near Brooklyn

Nancy in Brooklyn, NY
Aug. 11, 2017

Explore these unique farms where you can pick your own strawberries and indulge in outdoor time with the family.

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Strawberry picking is one of my favorite ways to usher in the summer. Not only are freshly picked berries in a league of their own compared with store-bought varieties, but it’s always nice to venture out of the city with the family and get your hands dirty. I’ve yet to meet a little one who doesn’t enjoy frolicking around a field of sun-ripened strawberries… or a parent, babysitter, or nanny who could resist such a sweet memory to photograph, for that matter.

Brooklyn happens to be in close proximity to a slew of farms and orchards in all directions. Whether you want to hit up several in one weekend out on Long Island, head north of the city to a mountain-nestled farm, or see firsthand what makes New Jersey the Garden State, there are ample choices just an hour or two away.

 

Lewin Farms

Address: 812 Sound Ave., Calverton, NY 11933
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 631-929-4327
Distance from Brooklyn: 73 miles

This fourth-generation farm near Wading River is an easy stop on the farm trail heading out to Long Island. The fields are teeming with berries and easy to navigate, making it very convenient for parents with small children. Strawberries cost only $2.50 a pound, so this is an economical family outing and a bargain option if you want to load up for a summer “jam” session. (See what I did there?) Be sure to call ahead to confirm availability, which can vary day by day.

 

Glover Farms

Address: 633 Victory Ave., Brookhaven, NY 11719
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Phone: 631-286-7876
Distance from Brooklyn: 60 miles

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A trip to Glover Farms means more than just a few pints of strawberries. This is one of those family excursions that will leave your little ones with a lasting impression about day-to-day life on a farm. Don’t expect a lot of bells and whistles here. Instead, take in the hospitality of the land, let the resident goats lick your palms clean of feed, and check out the farming equipment up close. They’re all about making a visit to the farm an interactive and educational experience!

 

Patty’s Berries and Bunches

Address: 410 Sound Ave., Mattituck, NY 11952
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m
Phone: 631-655-7996
Distance from Brooklyn: 82 miles

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A beautiful hour-and-45-minute drive from Brooklyn will land you in the serene, orchard- and vineyard-speckled idyll of Long Island’s North Fork. Pick-your-own strawberries are priced at $6 a pint, and they also have a farm stand where you can buy berries, honey, flowers, and jams. If you make it out on the weekend, don’t leave without sampling their famous ice cream. The flavors, like sugar snap pea, lemon basil, and cucumber, are super creative and scream summer. Do be sure to check the Picking Reports on the website prior to making the drive, as sometimes conditions will inevitably lead to a smaller yield and slimmer pickings.

 

Condzella’s Farm

Address: 6233 North Country Road, Wading River, NY 11792
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 631-929-4697
Distance from Brooklyn: 72 miles

This family-owned and -operated, 20-acre farm is dedicated to using sustainable farming practices, meaning you don’t have to worry about exposing your kids to synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. They grow nine varieties of strawberries, each with its own unique flavor profile and peak harvesting window, and you can also shop for asparagus, beans, tomatoes, peas, and sunflowers at the on-site market. Follow the harvest report on Facebook for daily updates on picking conditions and what’s coming into season.

 

Ochs Orchard

Address: 4 Ochs Lane, Warwick, NY 10990
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 845-986-1591
Distance from Brooklyn: 65 miles

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While Ochs Orchard is a two-hour hike from the city, it’s totally feasible and encouraged to make a day out of the excursion. The farm is famous for its spectacular, sweeping views of the surrounding Orange County landscape, and families can pack a picnic lunch and blanket and hike to top of the orchard and a darling, rustic gazebo.

Definitely pay the petting zoo a visit and say hi to the adorable miniature goats and two donkeys named Eeyore and Misty. Wrap up the day by stopping in the market and shopping for farm-fresh vegetables, berries, fruit, cider, and homemade cider doughnuts.

 

Fishkill Farms

Address: 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Phone: 845-897-4377
Distance from Brooklyn: 75 miles

Fishkill is a 100-year-old farm dedicated to working and growing “in harmony with nature,” meaning they employ sustainable farming practices like not using synthetic pesticides or herbicides. This family-friendly favorite is about an hour and a half north of the city, and the joys that take place in this upstate oasis will make you reconsider your life in Brooklyn, even if just for a moment.

After a day spent picking in the berry patches, stay into the evening for sunset wagon rides, bonfires with s’mores, country line dancing, lawn games, and live music. Grab dinner at Fishkill Farms Grill, which serves up farm-to-table fare each evening. Parents can cap off the evening with a hard cider at the Treasury Cider Bar.

 

Wemrock Orchards

Address: 100 Wemrock Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Phone: 732-431-2668
Distance from Brooklyn: 52 miles

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The strawberry field at Wemrock Orchards can be reached by driving down a path through a small patch of woods, which adds a hint of adventure and charming appeal to the experience, definitely to the delight of little ones.

Don’t be fooled by the modest appearance of the market. Greatness resides in the pastry section! The homemade pies are coveted by those in the know both locally and from afar. One taste of apple crumb and you won’t think twice about making the 50-mile drive to Jersey.

 

Johnson’s Corner Farm

Address: 133 Church Road, Medford, NJ 08055
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Wednesday - Friday, 5 - 7 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone: 609-654-8643
Distance from Brooklyn: 85 miles

With rock climbing, sprinklers, the Discovery Barnyard, and a go-kart track, a visit to Johnson’s Corner Farm is sure to be a lasting memory for kids of all ages. Hop on the hayride and make your way out to the fields for an afternoon of picking. There is also a simple but tasty lunch menu at Discovery Barnyard, where you can grab a hot dog, sandwich, cold drink, and ice cream.

 

Terhune Orchards

Address: 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 609-924-2310
Distance from Brooklyn: 60 miles

This 200-acre family farm in Princeton is especially welcoming to young children. Their Read and Pick program is geared toward kids from preschool age to 8 years old. Sessions cost $7 and tie in fun and educational facts about each crop, with picking instructions and explanations from farm staff. Kids are then provided containers and led out to the fields. There are also wooden tractors to play on after, as well as a barnyard full of sheep, a horse, ducks, geese, and chickens that love to be fed corn from the vending machines. (Bring quarters!)

Parents will enjoy a visit to the winery, where they host tastings of all 12 varieties grown on the nine-acre vineyard.

 

Donaldson Farms

Address: 358 Allen Road, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Sunday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 908-852-9122
Distance from Brooklyn: 65 miles

It’s strawberry central here in the early summer months. Celebrate the warm weather and bounty by visiting during their Strawberry Harvest Weekends, when you can indulge in a farm-to-table lunch and finish it off with a delectable strawberry milkshake. Don’t forget to snap some photos and enter them into the farm’s Strawberry Season Facebook Photo Contest!

There is plenty to see and do here that will keep little ones entertained once they’re finished picking and eating. Families are encouraged to pay a visit to the resident farm animals -- including a calf, chicken, goats, and pigs -- as well go for pony rides and compete in duck races. Be sure to ask about tours of their breathtaking, 40-acre sunflower field, which take place later in the summer.

 

Does your family have other favorite nearby farms for picking strawberries? Share them in the comments below!

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