If you want to know which fruits are in season, just follow the U-Pick signs! In June, it’s strawberries—lasting only a few weeks.
Information for each farm below was updated May 31, 2021 so please check with the farm directly before you head out. Temperature and rainfall can effect the length and quality of the growing season.
Many farms do take multiple forms of payment, but we advise bringing cash just in case.
Strawberry Farms in Monroe County
Call the Strawberry Hotline for daily updates.
Cash only, ATM available.
“At our Pick Your Own fields in Rush, NY, there are 15-20 acres of strawberries.” Also available pre-picked at the farm stand.
“In late spring and summer, stop in for strawberries and raspberries, either u-pick or pre-picked, as well as other produce. Please like our Facebook Page for the most up to date daily u-pick times.”
“We are looking forward to our 2021 strawberry season! At this point we anticipate opening early to mid June.”
Bauman’s Farm Market
“U-pick typically operates from mid-June to early-July.”
“Strawberries usually start in the middle of June, depending on weather of course.”
Kirby’s Farm Market
“We grow at least an acre of strawberries. You can even pick your own at the market. As June begins, a slowly increasing avalanche of fresh produce rolls into the market.”
Hydroponic Strawberry Farms
Because these two farms offer strawberries in a unique vertical growing environment, they are more accessible for folks with limited mobility and more enjoyable for those who would rather not sit on the ground to pick strawberries. They are also available through October!
Strawberry Fields U-Pick Hydroponic Farm
Auburn on US-20 closer to Skaneateles
“Stand-up and pick strawberries from June – October.”
Summer Breeze Strawberries
Not open Sundays.
“At our state of the art hydroponic strawberry farm, picking berries has never been easier. Stand up while “U Pick” strawberries all summer long. No more bending over or crouching in the dirt!
“Our hydroponic stacked containers put the strawberry plants right at your fingertips. Our season runs from July through October. That is double the normal strawberry season.”
Strawberry Farms in the Greater Rochester Area
G & S Orchards
“The 2021 strawberry season will start in mid-June. The June strawberry season usually lasts 3 to 4 weeks. The length of the season depends on the amount of heat and rain received. If it is hot and/or rainy it will be shorter than if it is cool and dry.”
Burnap’s Farm Market & Garden Cafe
Strawberry season runs roughly mid-June through early-July.
Morgan’s Farm Market
“Our strawberry patch is the perfect way to stock up on family fun and sweet strawberries. Grab one of our provided baskets and spend your day choosing one of summer’s sweetest treats!
U-Pick strawberry season opens in early June. Berries will also be available for purchase at our stand.”
“U-Pick strawberries June & July. Check Facebook to see what’s ripe and ready!”
“Anticipated strawberry picking dates June 10th – 30.”
“Strawberries from mid-June to early-July. Open from 8am-6pm every weekday and Saturday, but closed on Sundays.”
Tips for when you pick your own strawberries
Thank you to pickyourown.org for these helpful tips!
- Always call before you go to the farm. Strawberries are affected by weather (both rain and cooler temperature) more than most crops. When they are in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon.
- Select firm, fully red berries. Strawberries do not continue ripen after they are picked.
- Most growers furnish picking containers designed for strawberries, but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers.
- Leave early. On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by noon!
- If you use your own containers, remember that heaping strawberries more than 5 inches deep will bruise the lower berries. Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large pots make good containers.
- Bring something to drink and a few snacks; you’d be surprised how you can work up a thirst and appetite! And don’t forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs usually aren’t a problem, but some deet might be good to bring along if it has been rainy.
- U-pick strawberries are much healthier than store-bought. Consumer reports says store bought strawberries have so many pesticide and fungicide residues on they, that they don’t recommend you eat them at all!
- In general, 1 quart of fresh, whole, just-picked strawberries = approximately 3.5 cups hulled, whole berries. In other words, removing the caps/hulls and the occasional mushy berry means you lose 1/4 cup or about 7 to 10% of every quart you pick.
- Do the math and be careful not to over-purchase as strawberries quickly mold when left at room temperature, and only last a couple of days in the refrigerator.
- You can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away – just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible. Those vacuum food sealers really do a good job of this! The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.
- To help the farmers, also remove from the plants berries showing rot, sunburn, insect injury or other defects and place them between the rows behind you. If they are left in the plants, the rot will quickly spread to other berries.
- Don’t wash the berries until you are ready to use them. Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.
Find out which locally grown produce (fruits, vegetables, plants) are at their peak each month, and enjoy Rochester-area harvest festivals.
Where is your favorite spot to pick strawberries?
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