Bucket List item # 1281 – fruit picking @ Fishkill Farms
Fishkill, New York
Once upon a time, on a summer day that was uncomfortably hot, Dave and I braved Fishkill Farms and tried to take in the splendor without complaining. Truly, we did have a wonderful time, despite our inability to get a respite from the sweltering heatwave. However, if I could have a do over (and I will because I’ll literally be there this weekend) I would say fuck peach picking and wait for fall and make a b line for the apples and pumpkins. I mean, the peaches are literally some of the best I’ve ever had, if not THE best, but I’d just buy them in their shop and then go into hiding in some air-conditioned corner of the Hudson Valley.
This farm has been a bucket list item of mine ever since I saw a photographer do a photo shoot there. I can’t remember what it was for or who took the photo, but I remember this beautiful woman reaching for an apple on a foggy day wearing a floral bonnet and seeing “Fishkill Farms” tagged at the location. I was sold! Sadly, I didn’t get this type of day when I went, but it’s so close to me that I can literally wait for a foggy day and then drive 15 minutes to the farm. It’s within reach!
The real question about the farm is why Fishkill when there are literally hordes of places to pick fruit in upstate NY? Well, that’s a hard question if I’m being completely honest. I love ALL pick-your-own farms. I just love the experience and I think they’re all cute in their own way. If you asked my husband, he would say they’re all the same, so what does it matter? Let me tell you what’s cool about this one and you can decide for yourself.
A personal favorite feature of mine at Fishkill is the shop. They have an impressive shop with not only produce, but local items that just make for a great farm store. I also love that they have vehicles that can drive you to the orchards that are currently open for picking. I didn’t take advantage because I didn’t realize until I had already sweat out every last bit of water I’d consumed that day, but I would have jumped on that literal wagon had I know. Oh, and they had some great options for flower picking!
What I’ve learned about pick-your-own farms in the Hudson Valley is that each one has a cool feature that the next doesn’t, hence why I want to experience them all. I’m obsessed now. So much that I’ve been searching for good sweaters to pick fruit in and have been mulling over a Kiel James Patrick purchase. The urge is getting stronger daily.
Anyway, Fishkill makes for one of those perfect upstate days. I would just seriously encourage taking my advice and pick a day, if you can, where the temperature is in the 60s/70s. Just trust me and skip the fruit picking in the heat of summer.
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