Berry Farms on Long Island for Pick Your Own Blueberries, Blackberries, and More
Berry picking is a fruitful summer pastime on Long Island. Bushes are low to the ground, and berries are small enough for little fingers to grasp. It's a great activity for kids of all ages, 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 for more fruit-picking options and farm fun in the tristate area.
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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.
1. Lewin Farms – Calverton
812 Sound Avenue
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. The farm is open every day but Tuesdays. 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 and easy to reach for little hands.
2. Bhavana Berries – Southold
4395 Hortons Lane
This Southold farm grows six different varieties of organic blueberries, including the sweetheart, an early growing berry ideal for baking and eating fresh. The farm is open for pick-your-own Thursdays-Sundays from 10am-4pm, beginning Thursday, July 8. There is no entrance fee for guests; pick-your-own berries cost $11.50/pound with no minimum or maximum.
3. Patty’s Berries and Bunches – Mattituck
410 Sound Avenue
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
65 Seven Ponds Road
Ripe raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries can be picked at Seven Ponds Orchards and are sold by the pint. The farm stand 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
28700 Main Road
One of the largest farms on the North Fork, Wickham’s Fruit Farm offers pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cherries in addition to other fruits. Pick-your-own berries begin in June with strawberries and end 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
3810 Middle Country Road
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.