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Upstate New York

Build a Bouquet at these Cut-Your-Own Flower Farms in Central New York

Here in Upstate New York, we have a thriving agriculture industry. So much so that agri-tourism has become a mainstay for visitors and locals alike. Apple picking, blueberry picking, strawberry picking… So why not flowers? Luckily, there are several cut-your-own flower farms in Central New York where you can create your perfect bouquet. From fields of cut flowers to rows of lavender, get ready for an afternoon of beautiful sights and smells.

Why you should visit a cut-your-own flower farm

Dani Picking Flowers

Why should you cut your owm flower bouquet?

There are so many reasons that picking your own flowers is better than grabbing a bouquet at your grocery store.

First, it goes without saying that you’re supporting local when you visit a flower farm. You meet the people you are supporting face-to-face and you can see the genuine happiness it brings them. And while purchasing a bouquet at a local flower shop seems like you’re shopping local, many of them actually get their plants shipped in from elsewhere.

Second, the flowers are better overall! Because you’re picking them fresh, they will last longer. And that also means that they aren’t treated with chemicals in order to make them survive being shipped from far away. Plus, the options you get are different than at the store because you’re able to pick flowers that naturally grow well in the area.

Third, it’s all about the experience. Anyone can run into their neighborhood Wegmans and grab a bunch of artificially-colored roses. But what fun is that? When you visit a flower farm, you can make a day of it. Bring the kids, have a girls’ day out, play with farm animals, you name it. No matter what, you’re bound to have a great time.

Can’t make it to the farm? Local shops like The Curd Nerd and 20 East stock fresh bouquets from local flower farms!

North Star Orchards

Westmoreland, NY

Not only is North Star Orchards one of the most popular farmers markets in Central New York, they offer plenty of pick-your-own opportunities as well. Visitors are first invited into the fields in the spring for a rainbow of tulips. Guests are required to bring their own containers (filled with water) to transport the flowers home. Clippers are suggested, but not required, as tulips easily can be pinked with your fingers. For the 2024 season, tulips were $1.50 per stem.

Later in the year guests are invited to pick their own blueberries, apples, and pumpkins. Back at the store, there is also a wide selection of fresh baked goodies, flowers, and locally sourced foods to choose from. Of course, you can also buy your pre-picked fruits there too.

Olfactory Lavender Farm

Red Creek, NY

One of the most robust lavender farms in Central New York is Olfactory Soaps & Scents, located off the beaten path in Red Creek. The first lavender planting was done in 2002 before the farm opened in 2003. Over twenty years later, Olfactory has built a name for iteself with its annual lavender festival and lavender wines.

Visitors are invited to pick lavender when its in season, purchase lavender plants, sample lavender wines, and shop a wide array of lavender products and other home goods. I highly recommend trying the chocolate lavender sauce!

Spring Creek Lavender Farm

Remsen, NY

Picture this. It’s a beautiful summer day. You’re wearing your favorite sundress while strolling through rows of lavender and cut flowers. You just spent the last half an hour cuddling with goats and visiting other animals on the farm. And you’re sipping on some delicious homemade lemonade.

If this sounds like your perfect day, you have to make a trip to Spring Creek Lavender Farm in Remsen, New York. The family-run farm is owned by Kara & Kevin Keeley, PNW transplants who have a love of farming. In addition to the many varieties of lavender across multiple fields, there is so much more to do at see at the farm. The summer season begins with the lavender harvesting, followed by the colorful blooms of cut flowers. During either part of the summer, visitors can enter the gardens and cut their own bouquets to take home.

But there is more on the farm than flowers. Admittedly, my favorite part of visiting Spring Creek is cuddling with the baby goats. (Yes, they even host goat yoga right there.) There is also a butterfly garden filled with flowers and monarchs. Donkeys, alpacas, chickens, dogs, and other animals are spread out across the property.

Before you leave, check out the farm store at the front of the property. There you will find farm-made products including lavender wreaths, soap, essential oils, bug spray, and so much more.

Keep an eye on Spring Creek’s Facebook page for upcoming events.

Withy Hollow Flower Farm

Erieville, NY

By day, Keli Perrin is an associate professor at Syracuse University. But on nights and weekends, she is living her dream at Withy Hollow Farm. Keli and her partner bought the property in Erieville about 7 years ago and spent a couple years doing renovations before opening to the public. The farm sits just north of Tuscarora Lake in a little town called Nelson, about an hour from Syracuse.

Withy Hollow Farm is open from 8am til 2pm, seven days a week from July through early September. When you arrive at the farm, you’ll find directions for picking, scissors, buckets, and zip ties at the entrance stand. Visitors are invited to cut their own flowers to make bouquets personalized to their preferences. When finished, you will be charged based on the circumference of the stem bundle.

Keli suggests bringing a container to transport your flowers home in. She will also help fill it with water to keep your plants happy on the drive. Don’t forget to take some flower food home with you for your vase(s).

In addition to offering flower harvesting, Withy Hollow Farm also hosts personal events and fulfills flower orders for weddings and other large events.

So which of the flower farms in Central New York are you most excited to visit? Be sure to mark your calendars for each flower’s blooming schedule and the various festivals held at the farms.

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