Happy Spring! The 2022 pick-your-own season kicks off in June (looking like June 4 th) with organic strawberries.
Because reservation availability is largely determined by fruit availability, we will open reservations closer to when the fruit is ripe and ready to pick.
We have some fun events in store! Check out our events page to learn more about live music at the cider bar, yoga on the farm, harvest festivals and more.
Reservations for fruit items other than apples are not released far in advance because the number of reservations available is determined by the amount of fruit in the fields and the weather forecast. Berries ripen in waves, so it can be difficult to forecast quantities too far in the future. We anticipate opening strawberry reservations for the weekend of June 4th and June 5th between Wednesday, June 1st and the evening of Thursday, June 2nd.
Pick-your-own will resume in June (date TBD).
Pick-your-own hours are generally 9 am-5 pm Tuesday through Sunday when in season, but are subject to reservation availability. Weather and crop availability may change these hours.
Pet Policy: Dogs are allowed on the property but are not allowed inside the farm store or in patches or among where fruit and vegetables are grown. They must be kept on a leash at all times and cleaned up after. Service animals protected by ADA may accompany their owners where they need to.
2022 SEASONAL SNAPSHOT
The following is a brief snapshot of some of the fruit we grow and the predicted ripening times. Ripening times and availability is subject to change at any time due to weather and other factors out of our control.
Organic Strawberries: Their season is roughly 3-4 weeks beginning in early June. These anticipated weekends are June 4th & 5th; 11th & 12th, and 18th & 19th (possibly the 25th & 26th depending on the weather/crop) with weekday picking available when we have the fruit available and the weather allows. Strawberries cannot be harvested in the rain or damp conditions due to easily spreadable plant disease.
Organic Raspberries: They come into season mid-late June (around June 18th) depending on the weather. Red raspberries ripen first, followed by black and golden. Raspberries ripen in waves. We usually have a big flush in late June, they taper off towards the end of July and then we get another big flush in August. Raspberries are typically available on weekdays and weekends as crop availability allows.
Organic Currants: We grow red, white and black currants with our red variety being amongst the first to ripen. Currant season begins mid-June (around June 18th) and they last until mid-late July (black currants hang on the longest). Currants are typically available on weekdays and weekends as crop availability allows.
Eco-Certified Cherries: Cherry season is short and sweet. anticipated cherry-picking dates are June 25th & 26th (sweet red & golden), July 2nd & 3rd (sweet red & tart), and July 9th & 10th (remaining sweet red and/or tart). Cherry-picking is typically only available on weekends for the public and open on Friday for CSA members.
Organic Blueberries: Blueberries ripen around 4th of July weekend, so we anticipate the first weekend to pick them will be July 2nd & 3rd depending on how the crop fares. Blueberry season lasts through July and early/mid-August. Currants are typically available on weekdays and weekends as crop availability allows.
Organic Herbs: We grow different varieties of herbs like apple mint, basil, chamomile, echinacea, lavender, lemongrass, lovage, oregano, sage, summer savory, tarragon and more! Our herbs reach maturity at different times, but pick-your-own herbs are generally available between mid-June and mid-October (or first frost).
Organic Flowers: We grow different varieties of flowers like cosmos, gomphrenas, marigolds, sun balls, yarrow, zinnias and more! Our flowers reach maturity at different times, but pick-your-own flowers are generally available between early July and mid-October (or first frost).
Organic Blackberries: Blackberries ripen towards the end of July and are usually in season until late August. Blackberries are typically available on weekdays and weekends as crop availability allows.
Eco-Certified Peaches & Nectarines: We have different varieties of white and yellow peaches and nectarines ripening throughout late July through Labor Day weekend. White and Mango donut peaches usually open for picking during the first weekend of August (6th & 7th this year) while lime donut peaches open the second weekend in August (13th & 14th this year). Peach & nectarine picking is typically only available on weekends for the public and open on Friday for CSA members.
Organic Tomatoes: We grow cherry, heirloom, red slicing and paste tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are the first to ripen and are ready to picking in late July. Red tomatoes and heirlooms ripen next followed by paste tomatoes which are usually ripe around the second weekend in August. Tomato typically season runs from late July through the second weekend in September if the weather allows. Tomatoes cannot be harvested in the rain or damp conditions due to easily spreadable plant disease and high risk for fruit rot.
Ecologically Grown Asian Pears: We grow several varieties of Asian Pears that ripen around mid-August and last through the first or second weekend in September. Asian pear picking is typically only available on weekends for the public and open on Friday for CSA members.
Ecologically Grown European Pears: We grow several varieties of European Pears that ripen around late August and last through September. Exact varieties will be outlined as they come into season. European pear picking is typically only available on weekends for the public and open on Friday for CSA members.
Organic Sunflowers: We grow several different varieties of sunflowers that bloom in several successions during late August and early September.
Eco-Certified & Organic Apples: Our summer apples begin ripening as early as mid-August and apple season continues through to about the second weekend of November with early October being the peak (when the most varieties are ready at a single time). We’ll post exact varieties and predicted ripening times closer to the date of harvest. Apples are typically available on weekdays and weekends.
Pumpkins: Pumpkins come into season around mid-September and are available in the patch and in front of our farm store through the last weekend in October.
FARM RULES & PROCEDURES:
- A mask or cloth covering your mouth and nose must be worn when visiting our farm store. Those who are fully vaccinated may remove their mask outside including at the outdoor Treasury Cider Bar.
- 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 unless we have add-ons available for purchase
- Practice social distancing of at least 6 ft from visitors outside your reservation group
- 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, throw 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.
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 (3 sheep) but no petting zoo. Our passion is growing real food and sharing the joys of farming with our community.