Pick-Your-Own



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Socially Distanced Picking

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 Socially Distant Picking Works | Farm Rules

Whats in season for PYO: Eco-certified peaches & nectarines (see update below), Organic Blueberries (almost done), Organic Blackberries, Organic Summer Squash* (almost done), and Organic Herbs*.

Peach/ Nectarine Update: Our peach/nectarine crop is very limited this year due to significant late season frost damage. Most of our donut peaches are damaged as well. This is an unfortunate reality of farming-not every crop can be as bountiful year after year and we must be mindful and grateful for times when our trees hang heavy with fruit.

Coming Soon: Organic Flowers (late July)*, Organic Tomatoes (lots on the way—prepare your jars )*, Donut Peaches (Early August- very limited. Many are damaged), Early Apples.

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


Reservations

Reservations are displaying for today through 8/07/2020 (closed Monday). Only available reservation times will be displayed. Reservations for later in the week/month will be posted in the near future. Please note we do not take reservations far in advance (usually no more than 7 days) to ensure we have sufficient crop availability when you visit.

• Peach/nectarine, blackberry, tomato and flower reservations for the weekend of 8/08 will be posted on Thursday morning (8/06)

Reservations for small berries and peaches/nectarines are very limited due to limited quantities in the fields. They are limited by the total number of reservations available and not by time slot. It is possible to see many times open, but in reality there can be only one reservation remaining.

 

 

How Socially Distanced Picking Works:

Before You Arrive-Reservations:

  • 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.
  • You will be allotted an hour* to complete your picking from the time you arrive on the farm. You may arrive within a 30 minute window of the start of your selected reservation. 
  • Refunds will not be given if you do not show up for your reservation 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. Certain crops like strawberries & tomatoes cannot be picked in heavy rains due to the potential spread of plant disease. 
      • Limited availability. We may run out of fruit to pick despite our best efforts to gauge what is/will be available in the field.

*Fields close at 5:45 pm. If you arrive late to a 4:45pm reservation, you will not have an hour to pick.

When You Arrive:

  • Park in our main lot on the right hand side of our driveway.
  • 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.
  • Wash your hands at our hand wash station located at our check in shed for at least 20 seconds.
  • Check in with a Fishkill Farms employee at the red “Welcome Shed” at your reservation time and receive your pre-paid picking containers. A Fishkill Farms employee will direct you to the correct picking location.

 

While You Are In The Field:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!

*Occasionally we will have a surplus of some crops and can allow the purchase additional picking containers out in the field.

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.

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 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

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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