163. U-Pick at Abbott Farms

The great thing about Syracuse, besides it’s sports teams, restaurants, bars, activities…is the fact that about 10 miles out of the heart of downtown there are communities that farm local produce. Much of this produce goes straight to the regional markets and grocery stores…the farm-to-table initiative thrives here.

One of my favorite things to do when I was younger, and still now, is strawberry picking.

Fortunately, there are plenty of farms in the area that offer this adventure, but my favorite to go to is at Abbott Farms.

Abbott Farms offers a variety of picking options throughout the year. From strawberries and cherries in the summer to apples and pumpkins in the fall, you can basically pick your own fruit from here until Halloween.


The berries are sold by the pound on a first come first serve basis, and judging by the strawberries I ate this morning for breakfast, they’re in season right now and they’re delicious! The farm opens at 10am and stays open until 6 Monday – Saturday.

Do yourself the service of learning first hand the reward of really working for your food! Here are a few tips when picking your strawberries.

Tip: No need to bring your own container, they have wax boxes available for all fruit.

location: Abbott Farm


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