Photo: Sunflower Valley Farm
One of late summer’s most glorious gifts are sunflowers, which hit peak season in August. There is something truly magical about getting lost in a maze of big, bright yellow sunflowers, or frolicking in a field of multi-colored blooms of all shapes and sizes. For a truly memorable experience with your family, visit one of the Hudson Valley’s many “pick your own” flower farms. Some are easier to find, some are hidden in unexpected places, all are breathtaking. Bring the family, pack the camera, and lose yourself in rolling fields of bright and happy flowers.
SUNFLOWER VALLEY FARM
Photo: Sunflower Valley Farm
Admission to Sunflower Valley Farm includes three sunflowers to take home. Located on County Route 12 in New Hampton, Sunflower Valley Farm welcomes all members of the family to frolic in their golden fields, even dogs! Just don’t forget the leash. The farm is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm. They also offer face painting, a petting zoo for children, and a sunflower maze in which to get lost.
366 County Route 12, New Hampton, NY | (845) 742 - 0028
BRITTANY HOLLOW FARM
Photo: Brittany Hollow Farm
Brittany Hollow Farm is located on Route 9 between the towns of Red Hook and Rhinebeck, and features zinnias, cosmos, black-eyed susans, strawflowers, snapdragons, celosia, and more. Flowers are $10 per bucket if you give the bucket back after you're done picking, or $12 if you need to take the bucket to go. The fields are open 7 am to 7 pm seven days a week through September.
7141 Albany Post Road, Rhinebeck, NY | (845) 417 - 7099
Photo: Fishkill Farms
Flowers are just one of a multitude of fresh farm products you can find at the 270-acre organic Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction. Offering a full range of fruits and veggie picking throughout the growing season, including u-pick flowers through September, at $1.25 a stem in addition to a $5 admission fee.
9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY | (845) 897 - 4377
DOMESTICITIES & THE CUTTING GARDEN
Calling themselves a member of the “slow flower movement,” Domesticities & the Cutting Garden is in Sullivan County and offers self-service cutting of 100+ varieties of organic flowers and herbs through early October. No need to worry about getting your picks home safely and freshly, as they prep them for travel for you. While you’re there, take a few minutes to browse their general store!
4055 Route 52, Youngsville, NY | (845) 482 - 3333
Founded in 1943, the fourth-generation family-run Holmquest Farms sits on 500 acres in Hudson and has everything the homegardener and local food lover could want! Create your own bouquet in their flower field, or stroll through the more than 40,000 square feet of greenhouses. Flowers available through October.
516 Spook Rock Road, Hudson, NY | (518) 851 - 9629
Photo: Kelder's Farm
Featuring an acre of flowers in the front yard garden, Kelder’s Farm offers a rainbow of colorful selection of sun-grown zinnias, daisies, snapdragons, sunflowers, and more. While you’re visiting this 200-year old farm, take advantage of some modern-day family fun: mini golf, corn and meadow mazes, friendly farm animals, farm market with local goodies, playground and picnic area.
5755 Route 209, Kerhonkson, NY | (845) 626 - 7137