9 Rochester U-Pick Seasons

On a daily basis, it’s perfectly acceptable to wander into Wegmans and grab some fruit along with the other groceries on your list. But it’s so much more fun to head to the farm and pick some yourself! Luckily there are U-Pick farms all around the Greater Rochester Area.

Often times, picking your own produce is as much a family adventure as it is entertainment. Keep an eye on the websites, or sign up for a newsletter, to find out exactly when picking actually begins and ends.

Here’s a guide to each delicious season:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Cherries
  3. Raspberries
  4. Stone Fruit
  5. Blueberries
  6. Grapes
  7. Apples
  8. Pumpkins
  9. Christmas Trees

1. U-Pick Strawberries

Season: June 5 – June 20

Pick your own strawberries, and enjoy a few festivals where you can taste everything from jams to shortcake to strawberry wine.

Photo from Pixabay

2. U-Pick Cherries

Season: July 1 – July 31

The season runs mostly in July, but start checking in late June and call before going.

basket of raspberries
u-pick raspberries

3. U-Pick Raspberries

Early Season: July 5 – July 21

Fall & Everbearing Season: August 15 – September 30

Start picking your own raspberries in July with the early varieties. Fall varieties ripen in late August.

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4. U-Pick Stone Fruit 

Season: July 20 – September 1

Peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots (stone fruit) hit their prime mid-August-mid-September.

handful of blueberries

5. U-Pick Blueberries

Season: August 1 – September 10

August is blueberry month! Here are a few places around Rochester you can pick your own.

Jeromes Grapes multicolored
Jerome’s U-Pick Grapes

6. U-Pick Grapes

Season: September 1 – October 5

My family has been going to Jerome’s U-Pick Grapes nearly every year for 20 years. To avoid the crowds, go the week before or after the Naples Grape Festival.

apple trees
photo from Pixabay

7. U-Pick Apples

Season: September 1 – October 15

Many of our farms offer a family-fun experience, with hay rides, cider & donuts and activities for the kids, in addition to pick your own apples.

Wickham Farms

8. U-Pick Pumpkins

Season: September 15 – October 28

It’s so much more than simply buying a pumpkin. It’s about family time on the farm, with wagon rides, hot cider & donuts, corn maizes, and games.

Holiday Spirit: Pick Your Own Christmas Tree
evergreen trees

9. U-Pick Christmas Trees

Season: Late-November – Late-December

Of course, you don’t eat these, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to pick your own tree on the farm! One of the most popular family traditions in December is decorating the Christmas tree.

If you’re hunting for the perfect real tree, this list is for you.

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Where are your favorite U-Pick farms?

Please share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments. Your insight and experience are invaluable!

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Author Debi Bower is the Founder and Chief Day Tripper for Day Trips Around Rochester, NY. Happy trails!


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