Best Blueberry Picking Farms and Festivals on Long Island for Pick-Your-Own Berries
The best blueberry picking farms on Long Island offer a great activity for kids of all ages: Bushes are low to the ground, berries are small enough for little fingers to grasp, and who can resist a bowl of fresh berries and cream?
July is the peak season for blueberries and raspberries, while blackberries ripen in August. If you're in the market for some farm-fresh berries, call the farms before heading out to confirm picking hours and berry availability. Don't forget to check out our Pick-Your-Own Guide to Farms Near New York City for more fruit-picking options and farm fun in the tri-state area, and bookmark our Summer Fun Guide for Long Island Kids for tons of other things to do this season.
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Some farms charge an entry fee, while others charge by the ounce, so take note, bring cash, and be prepared. Don't forget sunscreen as the sun can shine brightly on these open fields. Dress appropriately; kids can get a bit dirty, and for health and safety reasons, pets are not permitted on farms.
The Best Blueberry Picking Farms on Long Island
1. Lewin Farms – Calverton
Lewin Farms was the first pick-your-own farm on Long Island, and it continues the tradition with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Berries are available throughout the summer, beginning with strawberries in June. The farm stand offers more local fruits and vegetables picked at peak freshness. Call before your visit for availability. U-pick is cash-only, but there is an ATM on the premises.
Bushes at Bhavana Berries in Southold are low to the ground.
2. Bhavana Berries – Southold
This Southold farm grows six different varieties of organic blueberries, including the sweetheart, an early growing berry ideal for baking and eating fresh. Not only are the berries delicious, but they are certified organic. The farm is set to open for u-pick in July.
3. Patty’s Berries and Bunches – Mattituck
Knowledgeable on all things berry-related, Patty DiVello comes from a family of Long Island farmers. Her farm offers strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries from June to September. Strawberry picking ends in late June, but raspberries are available shortly thereafter. Not to be missed is the ice cream patch with ice cream made from the farm’s produce in unique flavors such as sugar snap pea, lemon basil, and chipotle raspberry. The farm is open for pick-your-own berries daily from June through August from 9am-5pm. Call before visiting for crop availability.
Plump, juicy blackberries are ready for picking at Seven Ponds Orchards Farm in Water Mill.
4. Seven Ponds Orchard – Water Mill
Ripe raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries can be picked at Seven Ponds Orchards. The farm stand also sells fresh pies and pastries baked using the farm’s berries. Apple picking starts the last week in August. The farm is open daily from 9am-6pm during the growing season.
5. Wickham's Fruit Farm – Cutchogue
One of the largest farms on the North Fork, Wickham’s Fruit Farm offers pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cherries. Pick-your-own berry season begins in June with strawberries and ends in August or early September. Stop by the farm stand for apple cider and fresh apple cider donuts. The farm is open for u-pick Monday to Saturday from 10am-3pm.
Enjoy delightfully fresh raspberries right off the branches at Windy Acres Farm.
6. Windy Acres Orchard – Calverton
Fresh, red raspberries can be picked off the brambles at Windy Acres Farm starting in July, along with raspberries and blueberries. Strawberries are available for u-pick earlier in the season, and the farm offers a variety of peaches, apples, pumpkins, and even vegetables for pick your own during the season. Pick your own is based on availability, so call before your visit or check the farm's Facebook page for times.
Photos courtesy of the farms
This article was originally published in 2013 and is updated annually.