Pick-Your-Own



 


FALL HARVEST SEASON

Due to COVID-19, farm operations have changed. The health and safety of our customers and employees is our number one priority. Read carefully to learn how to safely and successfully participate in picking your own fruit and vegetables at our farm this year.

We are all learning, adapting and overcoming.

We are diligently following guidelines set forth by the CDC and state government. We will continue to strive to make decisions that are best for our customers, employees, and community.  This is new to all of us and as the situation changes, we expect to continue to make changes to our operations throughout the season. Your kindness and understanding is appreciated. We encourage those with any questions or feedback to reach out to us at info@fishkillfarms.com 

FAQ’s & What To Expect| How PYO Works | Farm Rules

Pome Fruit varieties open for picking 10/20-end of season

Availability is subject to change.

Updated 10/24 5 pm:

Eco-Certified:

From the trees: Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Empire (limited), Rome (might be picked out before 10/31), Winesap (picked out 10/24)

From bins in the orchard: Gala, McIntosh, Idared, Macoun, Golden Delicious, and Empire

Read what it means to be  Eco-Certified here.

Organic:
From the trees: Enterprise (might be picked out before 10/31), Galarina (picked out 10/24)

For all varieties you must walk back to ends of rows find more fruit

Pumpkins will be available for picking from the patch (located in the orchard)

Add Ons Available:
Pumpkins, Organic Hot peppers, Organic Flowers and Organic Herbs

 

Plan Ahead:

Predicted Pome Fruit & Pumpkin Availability

PYO apple & pumpkin reservations are posted from now through November 1st. We anticipate the 1st to be our last day of PYO for 2020, though it is not confirmed. Our farm store will remain open and will serve donuts regardless of PYO availability. 

Late season apple reservations are open but availability is limited. We still have a good supply of fruit on the trees (as of Oct. 18th), but after Saturday, Oct. 24th, picking may be solely from bins of eco-certified apples placed in the orchard. 

Pumpkin reservations are for those who only wish to pick pumpkins. Do not book a reservation for pumpkins if you have a reservation for apple picking or plan on going apple picking.

For those who have apple picking reservations, pumpkins can be picked and paid for upon exiting the orchard, including weekends.

When booking Treasury Cider reservations, determine the quantity of reservations to make by how many tables (holds up to 6 people) you need. Additional cider and food items for members in your party can be purchased on site. Weekends are booking up fast. If you do not see availability it means we are full. We do not have a wait list but we can accept a limited number of walk-ins. Cider is also sold by the glass at our grill which does not require reservations.

Q: When is the best time come?

Though we’ve limited visitors and capped capacity, and implemented new policies, during peak season (end of September-Mid October) customers should expect crowds on the weekends and lines for concessions. Those seeking lots of room and ample distance much greater than 6′ from other customers may feel uncomfortable visiting during the weekends. For those whom it is a priority to be around as few other visitors as possible, the weekdays (Tuesday-Friday) are the perfect time to come.
 

How Socially Distanced Picking Works:

Before You Arrive-Reservations & Reminders:

  • Reservations are now REQUIRED to participate in pick-your-own this year. Those that show up without a reservation will be turned away.
  • Customers will be asked to purchase a picking package while making their reservations. The option to pick more fruit once you arrive will depend on the availability of crops in the field. 
  • There is a maximum of 5 people per reservation. This includes children 2 and up.
  • Please have all members in your reservation arrive in ONE CAR. There is a park and ride located about a mile from the farm.
  • We ask that you keep your picking time to a maximum of an hour. This does not include your visit to the farm store/food vendors.
  • Refunds will not be given for no shows or if you are more than 30 minutes late for your reservation. If we have to cancel your reservation for any reason, you will be provided with a refund.
    • Reasons why we may cancel your reservation:
      • Severe weather. 
      • Limited availability (very unlikely for apples and pumpkins). We may run out of fruit to pick despite our best efforts to gauge what is/will be available in the field.
  • Due to state safety regulations, we are required to limit the number of people in our courtyard, and concessions areas (Farm Store, Donut, Grill and Treasury Cider Location), and may not be able to accommodate all guests.
  • On Weekends (+ Monday, October. 12th) we provide Hayrides. Capacity is reduced to provide 6ft of distancing between groups, so we cannot guarantee availability.
  • Farm property closes at 6pm. Please plan accordingly. 

When You Arrive:

  • When you arrive on the farm, please follow signs to either drive (beginning Sept. 12th) into the orchard to participate in pick-your-own or park in our main lot to visit the farm store/Treasury Cider Garden. If you are arriving by public transportation you may follow signs to “Walk-in Admissions”.
  • Check in with a Fishkill Farms employee at a check-in shed at your reservation time and receive your pre-paid picking containers. A Fishkill farms employee will direct you to the correct picking location.
  • Park in a designated orchard parking lot.
  • Leave bags and all but absolutely necessary personal items safely locked in your car. Make sure you have your mask or face covering with you.
  • Arriving late to your reserved time could result in your inability to participate in Pick-Your-Own without refund.

While You Are In The Field/Orchard:

  • Be mindful of your spacing from other groups. Please keep at least 6 feet away from those not in your group, and make sure to keep children close. If you are unable to maintain social distance, please wear a mask or cloth covering both your nose and mouth
  • Do not eat or sample produce in the field. We know this is especially difficult for children, but it is very important for everyone’s safety.
  • Pick your designated crop into your pre-paid containers. Do not pick more than your allotted amount.*
  • Have fun and enjoy the fresh air!

* Guests will be able to purchase additional picking containers for most crops upon arrival. You must pay for what you pick beyond what your reservation includes. 

Pick-Your-Own Hours:
Hours change based on reservation availability but are generally between Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. through 4:45 p.m. (fields close at 5:45 p.m.). Please note that the farm is closed to all visitors on Mondays to allow for cleaning, sanitizing and resetting with the exception of September 28th and October 12th. We will be closed on Tuesday, October 13th. 

Pet Policy: In order to reduce farm congestion and address health and food safety concerns, no pets of any kind (with the exception of service animals protected by ADA) will be allowed anywhere on Fishkill Farms’ property.

FAQ’s & What To Expect

FARM RULES & PROCEDURES:

  • Reservations must be made in advance to visit the farm unless you are a CSA member or picking up a grocery order
  • A mask or cloth covering your mouth and nose must be worn at all times-please bring your own
  • If you are sick or not feeling well, stay home
  • Fruit picked cannot be consumed in the field, and should be washed/eaten at home
  • Do not pick more than your reservation allows
  • No more than 5 people are allowed per reservation
  • Social distancing of at least 6 ft from visitors outside your reservation group and Fishkill Farms staff is required
  • Staff at check-in will assign* you to a section in the field— stay in that area and do not wander to other parts of the field. *You will not be assigned a section for apple or pumpkin picking.
  • You must pay for what you pick before eating it. Plan accordingly and pick only what you intend to purchase.
  • Only pick crops designated for Pick Your Own– picking unripe or unlisted crops will result in an additional fee
  • Picking containers will be provided—you are not allowed to bring your own container(s)
  • No large bags or coolers may be brought on the premises. ALL bags and containers brought into Pick-Your-Own areas may be searched by staff upon exiting. Unfortunately, produce theft is a major issue.
  • Do not climb trees or shake branches
  • Do not drop or waste fruit – we work hard to grow it
  • In order to reduce farm congestion and address health and food safety concerns, no pets of any kind (with the exception of service animals protected by ADA) will be allowed anywhere on Fishkill Farms’ property.

SEASONALITY

Apple Ripening Chart

Whats in season for PYO Early September: Eco-certified peaches & nectarines (almost done for 2020), Eco-certified and Organic Apples, Eco-certified Pears, Eco-certified Asian Pears, Organic Blackberries-ending soon, Organic Raspberries (second wave) Organic Bell Peppers*, Organic Hot Peppers*, Organic Tomatoes*, Organic Eggplant*, Organic Flowers*, and Organic Herbs*.

*Fruits and/or vegetables marked with “*” can be picked for an additional cost when at the farm when available.

The Pick-Your-Own season kicks off in early June with strawberries and ever-so-sweet sugar snap peas. July brings sweet and sour cherries as well as our certified organic raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Late July and August mark the harvest of juicy, tree-ripened peaches and nectarines as well as an extensive variety of heirloom tomatoes and eggplants.

The season culminates in the fall with more than a dozen classic NY apples, heirloom varieties, and pumpkin-picking. The spectacular views, lovely fall weather, and the satisfaction of picking your own organic, sustainably grown fruits and vegetables combine for great family-friendly fun.  Check this Apple Ripening Chart to help plan your visit! Still don’t see the apple you’re looking for? We grow over 100 varieties, so give us a call or shoot us an email to see if we have it.

Mid-September through mid-October, we have our annual Harvest Festival Weekends, with plenty of homemade food, live music, hayrides, donuts and cider! (Subject to change due to COVID-19).

We’re a real, working farm and not a theme park; so we have farm animals but no petting zoo. Our passion is growing real food and sharing the joys of farming with our community.

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