Strawberry picking season begins
They’re small, red, and make great additions to lemonade or rhubarb pie — we’re talking strawberries. And if you want the best of the best, picked fresh off the bush at a local farm is key.
Take a look at where to go this strawberry-picking season in the Central New York and Mohawk Valley regions. See an option missing from this list? Email reporter Carly Stone at email@example.com.
Swistak Farm, 6664 Greenway New London Road, Verona, 315-336-1251
Open daily, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting. Picking closes for inclement weather situations (lightening, flash flooding, heat index/humidity), so call ahead to be sure picking is open.
U-PICK pricing - $4/quart
PRE-PICKED pricing - $6.50/quart, while supplies last each day during open hours.
Guests may bring their own containers, but they must be marked with the size — no exceptions. Containers are also available for purchase.
Transportation to and from the fields is provided.
Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted for payment.
Swistak Farm Owners Jared and Sharee Fink stated, “Swistak Farm is excited to be open for the 2022 strawberry season! We are still busy on the farm getting our U-pick blueberry, tomato, and pepper fields ready and all the other vegetable crops we offer here. We are looking forward to serving our community with fresh fruits and vegetables this year!”
Juliano Farms, 2357 State Route 5, Utica, 315-735-9385
U-PICK hours - Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
U-PICK pricing - $2.50/lb.
PRE-PICKED pricing - $5.99/ quart
Guests may bring their own containers. Or pails are available on site.
Tassleberry Farms, Stop 7 Road, Westmoreland, 315-829-5378
U-PICK hours - Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
U-PICK pricing - $3.75/lb.
PRE-PICKED pricing - $7.50/ quart, or two quarts for $14
Pickers may bring their own containers.
Candella’s Farm and Greenhouses, 9256 River Road, Marcy, 315-736-8782
To avoid overpicking, the first few days of picking will be on a modified schedule as all the fields begin to ripen. Picking is expected to begin at Candella’s this weekend or early next week. Candella’s will post picking schedules daily on their Facebook page. Interested parties can also call the farm for information.
U-PICK pricing - to be determined once picking begins. Contact Candella’s for more information.
PRE-PICKED pricing - $7/ quart
Savicki’s Farm Market, State Route 12, Clinton, 315-737-7949
U-PICK open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily while supplies last, call ahead to make sure.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own containers. Buckets are available for purchase.
U-PICK pricing - $3.75/ pound with a $5 minimum
PRE-PICK pricing - $6.50/ quart
Check-in at the market before heading out to the field.
Boots or sneakers are helpful as the ground is uneven.
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