Apple Picking Around Rochester NY

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 product 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.

For now, here is a rough guide to each delicious season:

Pick Your Own Strawberries

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.

Pick Your Own U-Pick Cherries around Rochester NY

U-Pick Cherries

Season: July 1 – July 31

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

Pick Your Own U-Pick Raspberries around Rochester NY

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.

U-Pick Peaches

U-Pick Stone Fruit 

Season: July 20 – September 1

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

Pick Your Own U-Pick Blueberries

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

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 Picking Around Rochester NY

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.


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.

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Pick Your Own U-Pick Christmas Tree
evergreen trees

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.

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U Pick Marshmallow Farm
organic marshmallows

U-Pick Marshmallows

Just kidding! But wouldn’t that be fun? They were invented in Rochester after all.

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Where are your favorite U-Pick farms?

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