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New Hampshire is full of great pick-your-own farms. The NH.com Pick-Your-Own page features an interactive state-wide map with directions and information on NH u-pick farms. Find tips on picking strawberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches, raspberries, apples, pumpkins and even Christmas trees! Also, check out what fruits are in season in New Hampshire by month!

May

May is strawberry season in New Hampshire.

Strawberry Picking Tips (May-June):

  • - Find full, firm, completely red berries.
  • - Smaller berries are usually the most flavorful.

June

Summer is a'blazing! Sweet New Hampshire strawberries, cherries, blueberries are in season for picking in June.

Strawberry Picking Tips (May-June):

  • - Find full, firm, completely red berries.
  • - Smaller berries are usually the most flavorful.

Cherry Picking Tips (June-July):

  • - Pick cherries with the stems still intact, they can last up to weeks.
  • - Cherries with no stems may only last days after picking.

Blueberry Picking Tips (June-August):

  • - Select plump blueberries with a light gray-blue color, any redness indicates the fruit isn’t yet fully ripened.
  • - White and green blueberries will not ripen after they are picked.
  • - Darker, red or purple berries may continue to ripen (at room temperature) after they are picked.
  • - Cut a bunch of mostly ripe berries and roll your fingers over them. The ripe berries will fall into your container.

July

New Hampshire is bountiful with fruit for picking in July. In season are cherries, blueberries, peaches and raspberries.

Cherry Picking Tips (June-July):

  • - Pick cherries with the stems still intact, they can last up to weeks.
  • - Cherries with no stems may only last days after picking.

Blueberry Picking Tips (June-August):

  • - Select plump blueberries with a light gray-blue color, any redness indicates the fruit isn’t yet fully ripened.
  • - White and green blueberries will not ripen after they are picked.
  • - Darker, red or purple berries may continue to ripen (at room temperature) after they are picked.
  • - Cut a bunch of mostly ripe berries and roll your fingers over them. The ripe berries will fall into your container.

Peach Picking Tips (July-September):

  • - Peaches should pull easily from branches. If it puts up a fight, it’s not ready!
  • - Peaches will not continue to ripen after picking. However, they will “soften.”

Raspberry Picking Tips (July-October):

  • - Pinch and tug gently.
  • - If it is ripe, it should come easily; the center part should remain attached to the stem.
  • - Gently place (don’t toss) the fruit into your container.
  • - Do not pack berries too tightly into containers.

August

New Hampshire blueberries are at the end of their season in August. Peaches and raspberries and still ripe for the picking. And if you're lucky, you can grab a few early apple crops!

Blueberry Picking Tips (June-August):

  • - Select plump blueberries with a light gray-blue color, any redness indicates the fruit isn’t yet fully ripened.
  • - White and green blueberries will not ripen after they are picked.
  • - Darker, red or purple berries may continue to ripen (at room temperature) after they are picked.
  • - Cut a bunch of mostly ripe berries and roll your fingers over them. The ripe berries will fall into your container.

Peach Picking Tips (July-September):

  • - Peaches should pull easily from branches. If it puts up a fight, it’s not ready!
  • - Peaches will not continue to ripen after picking. However, they will “soften.”

Raspberry Picking Tips (July-October):

  • - Pinch and tug gently.
  • - If it is ripe, it should come easily; the center part should remain attached to the stem.
  • - Gently place (don’t toss) the fruit into your container.
  • - Do not pack berries too tightly into containers.

Apple Picking Tips (August-October):

  • - Pick firm, bruise-free apples.
  • - Apples are considered ripe about 130+ days after the tree flowers (depending on variety). Ask the farmer which tree is likely the ripest.
  • - Apples ripen from the outside of the tree, inward. So, the outer apples are the ripest.
  • - Twist the apple in an upward direction, and tug.

September

Welcome to autumn in New Hampshire. Peaches season ends this month. Raspberries are still in season, and apples are in full harvest!

Peach Picking Tips (July-September):

  • - Peaches should pull easily from branches. If it puts up a fight, it’s not ready!
  • - Peaches will not continue to ripen after picking. However, they will “soften.”

Raspberry Picking Tips (July-October):

  • - Pinch and tug gently.
  • - If it is ripe, it should come easily; the center part should remain attached to the stem.
  • - Gently place (don’t toss) the fruit into your container.
  • - Do not pack berries too tightly into containers.

Apple Picking Tips (August-November):

  • - Pick firm, bruise-free apples.
  • - Apples are considered ripe about 130+ days after the tree flowers (depending on variety). Ask the farmer which tree is likely the ripest.
  • - Apples ripen from the outside of the tree, inward. So, the outer apples are the ripest.
  • - Twist the apple in an upward direction, and tug.

October

October is late raspberry season in New Hampshire. Apples are perfect for picking and pumpkins abound in their orange glory!

Raspberry Picking Tips (July-October):

  • - Pinch and tug gently.
  • - If it is ripe, it should come easily; the center part should remain attached to the stem.
  • - Gently place (don’t toss) the fruit into your container.
  • - Do not pack berries too tightly into containers.

Apple Picking Tips (August-November):

  • - Pick firm, bruise-free apples.
  • - Apples are considered ripe about 130+ days after the tree flowers (depending on variety). Ask the farmer which tree is likely the ripest.
  • - Apples ripen from the outside of the tree, inward. So, the outer apples are the ripest.
  • - Twist the apple in an upward direction, and tug.

Pumpkin Picking Tips (October-November):

  • - First tip is to decide what you want a pumpkin for? Decoration or eating?
  • - For decorative pumpkins, choose any, which are most visually appealing to you!
  • - For eating pumpkins, choose a gourd free from cuts, soft spots and bruises. The flesh should be firm. Select a pumpkin with a stem.
  • - Any pumpkin has seeds good for frying!

November

It's November in New Hampshire! Depending on the weather, late apples and pumpkins may be picked this month, perfect for Thanksgiving Day pies!

Apple Picking Tips (August-November):

  • - Pick firm, bruise-free apples.
  • - Apples are considered ripe about 130+ days after the tree flowers (depending on variety). Ask the farmer which tree is likely the ripest.
  • - Apples ripen from the outside of the tree, inward. So, the outer apples are the ripest.
  • - Twist the apple in an upward direction, and tug.

Pumpkin Picking Tips (October-November):

First tip is to decide what you want a pumpkin for? Decoration or eating?

  • - For decorative pumpkins, choose any, which are most visually appealing to you!
  • - For eating pumpkins, choose a gourd free from cuts, soft spots and bruises. The flesh should be firm. Select a pumpkin with a stem.
  • - Any pumpkin has seeds good for frying!

December

Welcome to New Hampshire winter! Hope you brought some extra mittens! The granite state is lush with proud, lovely evergreens. Pick-your-own Christmas tree this month and fill your home with the wonderful fresh pine scent!

Christmas Tree Picking Tips (December):

  • - Measure your ceiling height BEFORE you go tree picking!
  • - Choose a tree about a foot shorter than your room.
  • - Check tree freshness by running your fingers through the branches and shaking the tree a little. Few needles will fall from a fresher tree.


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