Lose yourself in a sea of sunflowers! Each August, acres of bold blooms become the perfect backdrop for family photos and sunny selfies.
Find a sunflower field close to you or visit them all!
1. Hopkins Farm
The Hopkins Farm sunflower field is free to visit, with no planned activities or entertainment—just acres of magnificent sunflowers to enjoy at your leisure.
Each August, neighbors of the Hopkins Farm on Clover Street in Pittsford enjoy a panoramic view of golden sunflowers along their daily commute. People outside the immediate area ask, “Are they blooming yet?” and “Where did they plant the field this year?” and word starts to travel.
I’ll change my commute around August 5 to find out for myself. The timing depends on summer precipitation.
With several fields used in annual crop rotations, the sunflowers move along Clover between Calkins and Lehigh Station Roads, alternating places with the soybeans, wheat, and corn. Some years the sunflower field is planted on Calkins Road west of Clover.
Learn more about Hopkins Farm, founded in 1813 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the few 200-year-old farms in this area. There’s a book you can read online entitled Reflections on Big Spring: A History of Pittsford, NY, and the Genesee River Valley. Please stop by their produce stand while you’re in the area.
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2. Wickham Farms
2022 Sunflower Spectacular
August 11 – September 5, 2022
We are planting this year’s twelve-acre field over seven weeks, focusing on maximizing blooming in four-acre blocks. We will have large blocks of sunflowers at peak every weekend during the festival. It is our pleasure to share the wonder of our fields with you during Sunflower Spectacular.
Our twelve-acre sunflower field will continue to bloom through Labor Day! We have many new varieties for you to enjoy and explore!
3. Stokoe Farms
2022 Sunflower Experience
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
August 5-14, 2022
Celebrate the bounty of summer with the Stokoe Farms Sunflower Experience! Enjoy the stunning majesty of sunflowers on a beautiful summer’s day. Our spacious, picturesque farm is the perfect way to enjoy a day in the great outdoors. Bring your camera, and be sure to capture stunning views. All admissions include a FREE Sunflower Bloom.
Stokoe Farms also opens up for a few evenings to enjoy the field at twilight.
Stokoe Farms is another 200-year-old farm on this shortlist! For decades, we’ve loved Stokoe’s for their Pumpkin and Christmas Tree experiences, and we’re so happy to enjoy them even earlier in the year for sunflower season.
4. Sunflowers of Sanborn
August 1 – September 10, 2022
open daily 11 am-8 pm
The field is always free to view. The “photo” field is closest to the road, while the “cutting” field is in the back next to a giant corn maze. In between, the activities and refreshments make this a great family-friendly day trip.
Check out their special events, too.
When you visit our field, you can bring some of our sunflowers home with you! Explore our U-Pick sunflower field, home to over 100,000 sunflowers. Our field has over eighteen varieties, so you will undoubtedly find the perfect one. The price is $1 for a sunflower! We will package them in water so that they will make it safely home!
Take NY-31 about ninety minutes west toward Niagara Falls. It’s the furthest field from Rochester but worth the drive.
You can expect hundreds of people to visit each farm on weekends. Try stopping by during the week, especially if parking becomes a challenge. If you can venture out early in the morning or evening, a rising or setting sun reveals beauty not witnessed in full sunlight.
On your day trips, you’ll see dozens of sunflower farms across the state. Share your favorites in the comments below!
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.Helen Keller
A note about Frederick Farms in Clifton Springs
I reached out to Frederick Farms, and it is true; they have not planted sunflowers in 2022. “Unfortunately, not this year. I’m hoping they’ll be planted here again in the near future.”
I plan to keep Frederick Farms on this list, anticipating they’ll be back in 2023. Their sunflowers are one of the most extraordinarily expansive displays, and I look forward to visiting again.
Find out which locally grown produce (fruits, vegetables, plants) are at their peak each month, and enjoy Rochester-area harvest festivals.
Where are your favorite spots to find sunflowers?
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