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HVP June 2015

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20 Hudson Valley Parent ■ June 2015 P icking your own fruit right o the plant is one of the nest — and tastiest — ways to welcome the summer growing season in the Hudson Valley. We're lucky enough to live in a fertile region lled with farms and great agricultural experi- ences. We've picked our berry favorite places for your family to go and pick those fresh berries that grow so well in the Hudson Valley. Visit us online at for a complete list of our favorite Hudson Valley u-pick farms. Hours and availability vary depending on the crops, so always make sure to call ahead for the schedule the day you plan to go picking. And remember to wear comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and footwear that is comfortable for walking. Don't forget plen- ty of sunscreen and hats! Thanks to all of our readers who submitted photos of your children picking (and munching!) berries at your favorite farms and orchards! Happy picking everyone! Berry best! Hudson Valley's best farms for berry picking McKenna, 6, at Kelder's Farm in Kerhonskon. Greig Farm 223 Pitcher Ln., Red Hook Enjoy the ambiance of a century old dairy barn while visiting their pygmy goats or picking fruit, including strawberries, blue- berries, raspberries and blackberries. Open daily till October, with a farmer's market every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lawrence Farms 39 Colandrea Rd., Newburgh Family-owned and operated, the farm includes playful animals and a "Little Village" reminiscent of an old-fashioned New En- gland farm town and hay bale maze. Open daily. Admission is $3, children under 2 are free. Kelder's Farm Market 5575 Rte. 209, Kerhonkson In addition to ample u-pick elds, Kelder's features a jumping pillow for kids, hayrides, barnyard petting zoo and miniature golf. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ochs Orchards 4 Ochs Ln., Rte. 94, Warwick With spectacular views, Ochs is a great place to pack a picnic lunch while you are picking in the orchard. Also visit their petting zoo or try the homemade ice cream. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4 TOP BERRYPICKING SPOTS :

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