Located in Wappingers Falls, Secor Farms is a great place to take the kids during the week to pick fruit. I say during the week cause the weekends are probably very busy. In June, its strawberries, July & August is blueberries and peas, and October is pumpkins. There’s a small shed with a few local jams and jellies but for the most part, it’s very scaled down compared other u-pick farms in the valley. They hand you a bucket, they direct you to the best place to pick, and you go out into the hot fields and pick your fruit. The kids really love it. They basically eat the strawberries the whole time with a limited number actually hitting the bucket. Although this time around Riley actually picked them and I think it was because her buddies Brandon and Lisa joined us so they made it into a competition. Whose got the most in the bucket. Kendall and I filled our bucket with 4 pounds of strawberries. They are very tasty. Sweet and juicy but kinda small. The crop this year seemed to be very small compared to last year so it seemed like a lot more work. Plus I had Kendall strapped to my front so bending over to pick them was not pleasant. But they are delicious none the less. We paid, I think, $2.45 per pound and had to pick at least 6 pounds in order to not be charged $1 for the cardboard flat. We picked well over 6 pounds between all of us. It was a lot of work and we definitely could have gotten bigger and more strawberries at a price club or supermarket but I guess you pay for the experience and the hour or so it keeps the kids busy. Be sure topick a day that’s fairly mild. Trolling the fields, hunched over in 90 degree weather will not be fun, trust me. I should inform you though, the strawberries looked slightly less appealing when we got home. Mine were poured into a bag and my friend Chris took the open cardboard flat home and she said the same thing. They seemed to immediately begin to change color and get soft. Not sure why this is so we will have to use them up very soon before they are start to rot. Secors is located at 63 Robinson Lane in Wappingers Falls, NY. Be sure to call them to check what’s in season. They don’t have a website that I can find so get their info here.
Hudson Valley Review: Strawberry picking at Secor Farm