Is there admission for Pick-Your-Own produce?
Yes, we charge a $5 admission fee for fruit and vegetable picking for adults and children over the age of 12. As we’ve continued to make the farm more sustainable, most recently achieving organic certification, admission has become critical to sustain the business and keep the farm clean, mowed, and well-maintained. On Tuesdays, general admission is free. Those with the zip code 12533 or 12524 receive free weekday admission with a valid ID confirming a local address.
Is there a parking fee or fee to visit the farm store?
No, it is free to park your car in our main lot. There is no admission fee to visit our farm store, Treasury Cider Garden or the Fishkill Farms Grill.
How does fall apple picking work?
When you arrive at the farm, you have the option to drive (starting Sept. 14th, 2019) or walk into the orchard. Before you enter the orchard, you will receive a wristband, map of the orchard with a list of available apple varieties in exchange for $5 admission (kids 12 & under are free). You will then choose from 3 bags sizes to take with you into the orchard. Upon entering the orchard, you may park your car in designated lots and take wagon rides or walk to ripe varieties. Wagon rides are included in admission fees. Bags with fruit are paid for upon exiting the orchard (this way you only pay for what you pick). If the medium and large bags are filled to the top, they are a discounted flat $20 (~12 pounds) or $30 (half-bushel). The small bag will be charged at $1.89/pound. Flat rate bags become available on September 7th, 2019.
What kind of payment methods do you accept?
We accept cash and all major credit cards at all points of sale except for our wagon rental which is cash only. We do not have an ATM or offer cash-back on site.
How do I find out what crops are available for Pick-Your-Own?
We post frequent updates on our Facebook page and can answer any questions there. Our e-mail list is another good way to receive updates. You can also call us to find out what’s in season: (845) 897-4377.
What are your hours/season for picking and the store?
Our store hours are: 7 days a week, 9am to 6pm, year-round. We have Pick-Your-Own fruit and vegetables available from June to November.
When is the best time to arrive at the farm?
Our farm opens at 9am and closes at 6pm. You must arrive by 5pm to start picking. Please allot at least an hour to get out into the fields, pick crops, and come back to pay for your produce.
What should I do when I arrive at the farm?
Follow the signs to check in before you go picking. You’ll be greeted and given directions as well as picking containers. The check-in location may be different from day to day depending on the season and what we’re picking, so please follow the signs or stop into our farm store to ask.
Is there public transportation to the farm?
The closest train station to our farm is the Beacon Train Station. You can get there by taking the Metro-North Hudson Line. From Beacon, we are located about 15 minutes away by car. Local cab companies, Uber and Lyft service our area and are commonly used to reach the farm. Fishkill Farms is not affiliated with any of these ride services.
Do you allow large bus groups?
All group visits of 20 or more people must be scheduled with us at least a week in advance. Buses that do not have our permission to visit the farm on any given day, may be turned away.
What should I wear/bring to the farm?
Long sleeves, long pants and shoes/boots that you don’t mind getting dirty. Our orchards can be wet and muddy, especially earlier in the day. Bug spray and sun protection are also good precautions. If you have allergies or are prone to rashes, please keep in mind that some of our crops have fuzz which can irritate the skin—gloves can help prevent irritation. Always let us know if you have any problems in the orchard!
Should I bring my own picking containers?
Nope! We provide a range of bags, baskets & boxes. Using our containers makes the weighing and checkout process easier.
Can I eat fruit while I am picking?
Sampling a piece of fruit that you’ve just picked is one of the joys of Pick-Your-Own, and we are happy to treat our guests to the first sample. However, please respect the work we put into growing the fruit by keeping sampling to a minimum. If you plan on eating more than a small piece, please pay for what you’ve picked first. By doing this, you’re helping us keep prices reasonable and keep our farm in business!
Does your farm serve food and beverages?
On weekends (Saturdays & Sundays) and some holidays, we have an applewood grill at the farm with hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and grilled farm vegetables. Beverages include water, soft drinks, coffee and fresh-pressed cider (when in season). Homemade donuts are made fresh daily and available until we sell out. Hudson Valley hand-made ice cream is also available by the cup or cone!
Can I picnic at the farm?
We strive to make our farm a family-friendly destination. While the farm serves food on weekends, customers may picnic after check-in only in designated areas of our orchard. Cookouts, barbecues, alcoholic beverages, and loud music are not allowed. Outside food is not permitted in our courtyard, cider garden or deck areas, which are reserved for the food and beverages we sell.
Where can I go on the farm?
We ask that visitors respect certain off-limits areas of the farm. Employee residences, greenhouses, barns, fields and orchard blocks that aren’t open for pick-your-own are strictly off-limits. If you would like to see an area of the farm that’s not designated for pick-your-own that day, please ask a farm employee first.
What can/can’t I pick when I visit the farm?
When visiting, you’re free to pick crops that have been designated as open that day. However, many parts of the farm will not be open, often because the crop isn’t ready yet. In order to prevent visitors from picking unripe produce or damaging our developing crops, we ask that you don’t venture outside the designated Pick-Your-Own areas or pick anything that’s not explicitly open for picking.
Do you offer hayrides?
We have hayrides on weekends only, mid-September through mid-October. Hayride admission is free these days! Hayrides are also available for school or camp trips or other groups by appointment.
Do you have a petting zoo?
We do have farm animals, but not a petting zoo. Children and adults are welcome to observe our chickens, but they are not hand-tame and should not be petted. We utilize electric fencing to protect some of our pasture-raised chickens from predators. The shocks are not dangerous to humans, but they can be very painful. For everyone’s safety, please keep an eye on your children when interacting with our farm animals!
Can I bring my pets to the farm?
Due to health regulations, pets are NOT allowed in the farm store, vegetable gardens, berry patches or on the grass in the orchard. Pets are allowed along the orchard roads and in the grass behind the farm store. Pets MUST be kept on a leash at all times, be picked up and kept at a safe distance from our farm animals. Please keep in mind that the farm can get busy and some animals experience stress in larger crowds.