A Look at Locally Grown & Sourced Food Including U-Pick & What's In Season
How does picking your own fresh, local produce sound? During the summer, go beyond the farmers market to pick your own blueberries, cherries, raspberries, and more close to Saratoga. Come fall, get ready for apples and pumpkins!
Check out the overview below of what produce items are in season at what times, and where you can go to find the fresh food.
Please note: Specific seasons for various produce items can change from year to year. The hours and pricing for u-pick farms are also subject to change (or a farm could have a bad crop due to weather or other factors), so it's always safe to contact the business ahead of time to confirm details before heading out.
What's In Season & When
Here's a brief overview of when certain produce items are typically harvested and available in the Saratoga area:
Late Spring to Early Summer
Asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbage, lettuces, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, summer squash, Swiss chard, and zucchini.
Mid to Late Summer
Carrots, cherries (sweet and tart), collard greens, garlic, herbs, mustard greens, peaches, plums, raspberries, and snap beans.
Late Summer to Early Fall
Apples, blackberries, leeks, pumpkins, turnips, and winter squash.
U-Pick Berries, Cherries & Veggies in the Summer
The following farms and orchards are located just a short drive from Saratoga Springs!
How does picking your own organic blueberries sound? Beloved Farm in Cambridge is a 98-acre organic blueberry farm situated amongst ponds, flower gardens, and hiking trails.
You can pick your own blueberries starting on July 7th going through August 18th for just $3 a pound. They're open every day from 9am to 7pm.
Hand Melon Farm
Hand Melon Farm in Greenwich offers a variety of u-pick options! Blueberries start in early July, raspberries are later in the summer, and then in late August you can actually pick your own vegetables as well such as tomatoes, hot peppers, and eggplant. The season finishes up in the autumn with fall squash.
The farm is open Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 4pm. They also have a farm stand on NY Route 29, just across from the Washington County Fairgrounds.
Hicks Orchard in Granville is another gem offering several u-pick options. U-pick tart cherries start in July, followed by blueberries in mid-July (going to mid-August), and then u-pick apples in the fall start in September and can go as late as early November.
Cherries are $3.50 per pound for the u-pick - contact them for their hours, and pricing of the other u-pick options when they become available. Hicks is actually the oldest u-pick orchard in the entire state, getting its start in 1905.
In addition to their u-pick options, Hicks also has a farm store where you can get pre-picked apples and produce, cider, and other goodies, they have a Slyboro Cider House where you can enjoy hard cider tastings, and more farm fun is to be had with a seasonal corn maze, barnyard animals, and the best cider doughnuts you can find in the fall.
For a truly unique u-pick experience, head to Lavenlair Farm in Whitehall, where you can pick a lavender bouquet as part of their tour. They have 32 different varieties of lavender of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Their hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm until September 2nd. While you're there, you simply must check out their 100-foot diameter "laverinth," a labyrinth filled with lavender!
Liebigs' Strawberry Ridge Farm
Strawberries are usually in season in June, but you can pick your own strawberries at Liebigs' Strawberry Ridge Farm in Granville through early July. Contact them and see if they're still available!
If not, you can pick your own raspberries starting in early July going through the fall season, blueberry picking is mid-July into August, and then pumpkins and other fall produce start in September. U-pick hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 8am to 6pm. They also have a seasonal farm stand with berries, homemade pies, and other products, which you can find on Route 22. The farm stand is open every day during strawberry season, from 10am to 6pm.
Get end of the season tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers from Moses Farm, which also offers u-pick pumpkins in the fall. Moses Farm is located in Eagle Bridge. Contact them to find out their hours!
You can pick a variety of raspberries at Stu-Berry Acres in Argyle: red raspberries, black raspberries, and purple raspberries are all $4.50 per pound, and then fall red raspberries will begin in August; they also offer u-pick blueberries at $3.25 per pound.
This family business started out as a small dairy farm in 1974 and transitioned into a berry farm with the first raspberry patch being planted in 1982. Contact them for their hours! They sell homemade jam, homemade pickles, maple syrup, and raw honey in addition to the u-pick berries.
Please note: Stu-Berry Acres only accepts check and cash.
Yorkmont Farm - Home of Perry's Potatoes
You can get homegrown potatoes at Yorkmont Farm in Hampton, home of Perry's Potatoes! Contact them for hours and then get ready for farm fresh spuds - this is likely the only place around where you'll be able to find u-pick potatoes.
Looking Ahead to Fall - U-Pick Apples & Pumpkins
The u-pick fun with local produce continues into the fall! Some of the aforementioned u-pick farms offer apples and pumpkins - here are a few more worth checking out come September and October:
Apple Hill Orchards
Apple Hill Ochards in Whitehall typically offers u-pick for Cortland, Empire, Red Delicious, and McIntosh apples. They're open every day throughout September and October, 9am to 6pm, and they charge $20 a bushel.
Billy Bob's Orchard
You can start picking McIntosh and Jona Mac apples in September at Billy Bob's Orchard in Putnam Station, followed by Ida Red later in the month going into early October. Then it's time for pumpkin picking! The orchard is open for u-pick Thursday through Sunday, 10am to 4:30pm.
McWhorter's Orchard in Argyle offers u-pick apples and pumpkins, and they also sell cider, cider doughnuts, squash, and more. And, they have a free petting zoo and free wagon rides to and from the orchard! You can typically find McIntosh, Cortland, Empire, and Jonagold varieties here. Come September, contact them for hours!