If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that I love apple picking with a serious passion. So when I was introduced to the concept of berry picking, you can only imagine the excitement that ensued. Not only was I ecstatic that my fruit + veg picking experiences could now become a semi-annual affair, but I was also excited because I like berries way more than I like apples. With this in mind, I’m sure you could see why I was so ridiculously happy going into this day.
We ended up at Ochs Orchard in Warwick, NY, and man oh man it did not disappoint! I knew that we would pick a lot of berries + cherries, but I was blown away by the pure extravagance of said fruits at this orchard. We went on Saturday morning, naturally expecting it to be a little busy, but it was so quiet! There was hardly anyone there, and it was so beautiful. We started by picking cherries, and one of the men working there climbed up to the top of the tree and broke off a bunch of branches for us– giving us the best cherries of the bunch! We filled up our punnet in no time at all and headed towards the berries with a slight detour to get some fresh garlic. The day continued as we collected extreme amounts of fruit and enjoyed being out in the countryside. My favorite things to pick were 100% the raspberries and blackberries because you really had to search for the good ones. My family and I had such a good time looking through the bushes to get the best ones! Walking back to pay, we decided to walk through the strawberry fields and have a look at what was left, even though the season has ended, and we were so surprised to find many amazing strawberries! They were so red and big and honestly the absolute best strawberries I’ve ever had.
Once back at the store we decided to pick up a few things before heading back to the city, and couldn’t miss the opportunity to try some of their homemade ice cream. They had the best flavor selection, but I ended up going for their strawberry ice cream made from the strawberries at the farm, and it was seriously incredible. 100% the best strawberry ice cream I’ve ever had. We also picked up cider donuts 🙌🏼, local honey, and some pork chip things that are super weird but super cool. I’ll have them linked here if any of you want to try them, but I can’t decide whether I absolute love them or hate them. Such a weird experience haha!
We left our day of berry picking with full tummy’s and hearts, and I already can’t wait to go back! I love making new traditions, and I am so excited about this one now too.
I highly recommend researching farms near you that offer berry picking, and would love to hear about your experiences as well.
Hope you all have a great week!