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Does anyone know of a farm within driving distance of NYC (willing to turn it into a full-day excursion) where you can pick your own blueberries? This is one of my favorite summer things.

Caitlin

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  1. I've never been to this place, but I've heard good things. I'm especially interested in the idea that it's organic--so often berries are just covered in chemicals.

    Blueberry Park - Dutchess County Route 21, 3.5 miles east of Route - Unionvale - Dutchess County - (845)724-5776 - FAX# (845)454-4652 - E-mail: wtinch@aol.com - Travel - Recreation & Sports-U-Pick Farms - Pick your own wild organic blueberries on top of Blueberry Hill at our 70 year old farm. Season opens mid-July. Have Fun!

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    1. re: SharonA

      We went there this weekend and the berries were great!. There is no way they could get back to most of the bushes with any sort of machinery to spray. We ate the berries right off the bushes.

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      steve from rhinebeck

      Caitlin, I would give Grieg Farms a try. A little less then two hours from the city, on the the Taconic parkway. In the town of Red Hook (Dutchess county)
      They have a web site with directions and whats available for picking. Strawberries now, blueberries late July, early August. Big and fun place.
      http://greigfarm.com

      1. Hammonton, NJ, is the New Jersey blueberry capital. Any number of my friends who like to pick go there. Apparently, there are lots of choices.

        1. Here's a link to NJ pick-your-own farms. Blueberries will be ready in about a month.

          Link: http://www.state.nj.us/agriculture/py...

          1. I think blueberry park in dutchess county is now closed- it appears these posts are pretty old- I remember blueberry park- I went there years ago. It was great- reasonable prices- and they gave everyone an awesome blueberry muffin recipe. They were very nice folks!

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            1. re: athina

              Blueberry Park is still there we are just not open as much as when my in-laws were around. The pick your own crowd is distressingly thin and silly. We would be open and get a handful of folks coming up for a drive in the country unready for picking (stepping out of the miata he in flip flops she in high heel mules asking "are there bugs in there?") and it was not worth the time there. We will be there Sunday Aug 2 in the afternoon and you are more than welcome.

            2. Here is a link to a pick your own guide in NY state......http://www.pickyourown.org/nyse.htm

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              1. re: GIOny

                Southern New Jersey is the national capital of blueberry cultivation! This is THE place to go to find blueberry farms. Most of them are around Hammonton, NJ. Check the packages in the supermarket, most are from Hammonton.

                Here's a PYO farm:

                Lindsay's Pick Your Own Blueberries - follows organic methods, blueberries
                Pleasant Mills Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037. Phone: 609-561-2474. Directions: Route 30 to Hammonton, east on 542 (Pleasant Mills Road) 1 mile on right. Crops are usually available in June, July, August. Open: Daily, 8 am to 7 pm Mid June to Mid August We follow organic methods, but are not yet certified. Payment: Cash, only.

              2. http://www.jonesfamilyfarms.com/

                Jones Family Farm in Shelton CT. Take the Hutchinson Parkway North to the Merrit Parkway. Should take about an hour and a half. Ride is beautiful. Stop in New Canaan on the way back for a bite to eat.

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                1. re: ckregling

                  Where do you recommend stopping for brunch? We're driving from Stamford to Shelton.

                2. Across the North Road from Harbes in Mattitiuck/Jamesport area they have berry picking.

                  ~Fred19

                  1. I just picked blueberries at Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction, NY. It was great! The crop was not HUGE but there were plenty of beautiful delicious blueberries! Plus, the place is so relaxing... its a nice getaway!

                    1. If your willing to make a day trip outta it, there is this place just near six flags in Jackson where you can pick your own blueberries. Ive never been to this place but driven by it plenty of times. I wouldnt expect the most superb berries but its something to do if your around that area exhausted of rollercoasters and outlet shopping.

                      Boyce Berry Farm Burnt Tavern (Rt. 537), Clarksburg (609) 259-9198

                      1. thehickories.com, Ridgefield CT. beautiful.

                        1. I recommend Secor Farm on Robinson Lane in Wappingers Falls, NY. It is actually located at the intersection of the towns of LaGrange, Wappingers, and East Fishkill in Dutchess County New York, about 90 minutes north of New York City. From the Taconic Parkway, take the Noxon Road Exit (just north of Route 82). At the light at the end of the ramp, take a left onto Noxon Road, and at the T intersection, turn right to stay on Noxon Road. At the next light, Robinson Lane, turn left. Secor's is just ahead on the left. They have pick your own and pre-picked blueberries, strawberries, and pumpkins in season, but fresh seasonal produce and even flowers at their farmstand. For more information, call the berry picking hotline at 845-452-6883 or visit them at www.facebook.com/secorfarm.