A great place to start if you are new to farms around Hudson Valley is going through tourism.
They do tours of some of the farms in the area and they are really aiming for the MTA-out of towners-DIA crowd but they are open to the"Locals".
Some of the farms are open to the public but a few are not except for tours.
I recently visited Fishkill Farms, Secor Farms and Shenandoah Dairy Farm.
Shenandoah is part of Hudson Valley Dairy which is a co op of dairy farmers. They sell their milk at Beacon Market and Adams. Just can see it on tours.
Secor Farms in Hopewell Junction is great for pick your own. Berries, peas depending on the season. The owner are very nice and you can be out on your own in the fields.
They are priced well.
Fishkill Farms also in Hopewell Junction has picking but I think they charge a bit more than Secor (someone told me) They have a great FDR history_ the owner was the Secretary of the US Treasury under Franklin D. Roosevelt and the farm was visited by FDR and Churchill.
They also have a CIA chef and the beginnings of an eatery which is still be worked on but you can get great quiche, donuts and homemade ice cream. There is an area where you can seat, eat and take in the view of the farm valley/orchards.
I plan on checking out some more farms in the next couple of weeks...
and longing for more eateries to open in town that are easy on the purse.
We shall see...