Go Strawberry Picking on Long Island at These Strawberry Farms and Festivals

Find a bounty of red berries when you go strawberry picking at Garden of Eve in Riverhead. Photo courtesy of the farm
Find a bounty of red berries when you go strawberry picking at Garden of Eve in Riverhead. Photo courtesy of the farm

Long Island farms are ripe for strawberry picking this spring. Deciding where to go can be a challenge, so we've handpicked our favorite farms for strawberry picking on Long Island to share with you.

Harvesting your own fruit is not only fun, but it connects you with your food and supports local farmers. And it doesn't get fresher than picking fruit right off the vine. This is especially important when it comes to strawberry picking on Long Island, where strawberries tend to be sweeter and more delicate than most grocery-store varieties; they also have a shorter shelf life.

Check out our Guide to Long Island Farms for more places where you can pick your own fruit and vegetables and even meet some farm animals at local petting zoos.

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Many of these strawberry picking experiences are dependent on fruit availability and the weather, so call ahead. Once the berries are ripe, they'll only last for a couple of weeks.

Where to go Strawberry Picking on Long Island

1. Condzella's Farm – Wading River

Condzella's is a third-generation farm offering nine varieties of strawberries. The Condzella family touts its sustainable farming practices that include selling crops locally, rejecting synthetic insecticides, and donating unused crops to local food shelters. Strawberry picking is expected to begin in mid-June. Follow its Facebook page for announcements.

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Go strawberry picking on Long Island to pick one of these beauties
Lewin Farms says it is the first strawberry picking farm on Long Island.

2. Lewin Farms – Calverton

Lewin Farms says it was the first farm to offer strawberry picking on Long Island. It has been around for four generations. The farm has its own stand with more than 20 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables. Try your hand at blueberry and peach picking as well as other summer fruits and veggies. Its pick-your-own season runs annually from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

3. Glover Farms – Brookhaven

Glover Farms strives to provide an interactive strawberry picking experience for visitors. Stop by during strawberry picking season on Long Island to pick a pint or two of fresh berries and stay to feed the goats, see the chickens, and check out the farm equipment. The strawberry picking season begins in June, and strawberry picking is available daily in-season.

4. Patty's Berries and Bunches – Mattituck

Strawberry picking season is almost underway at Patty's, where a $7.50 admission fee gets you a quart of sweet strawberries. Social distancing and mask-wearing are required. Find blueberries and raspberries in July, as well as blackberries in August. The farm is open for strawberry picking fun seven days a week. Patty's has an on-site ice cream shop serving fresh flavors like mint and strawberry fields. It is known for its kind staff and the abundance of butterflies, thanks in large part to its flower business. Owner Patty DiViello is the daughter of farmers Edward and May Harbes, whose Harbes Family Farm and Vineyards are across the street and offer a barnyard, farmers market, and country cafe.

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Go strawberry picking on Long Island at the Garden of Eve
Garden of Eve Organic Farm says its strawberries ripen earlier than others on Long Island.

5. Garden of Eve Organic Farm – Riverhead

According to owner Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht, Garden of Eve's strawberries will be ready for picking soon. In addition to strawberry picking, young visitors can play on the playground, pet a bunny or chicken, and visit a working beehive. Classes are offered year-round for preschoolers through adults. Admission can be purchased online. Admission includes access to the Fun Fields, with a pedal cart track, farm animals, swings, a tube slide, and a bouncy town. The strawberry picking farm is open daily. Be sure to call for the most up-to-date strawberry picking automated messages. Its Strawberry Festival Weekends are June 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19.

6. Wickham's Fruit Farm – Cutchogue

Strawberries are grown without sprays at Wickham's Fruit Farm. Visitors can pick ripe berries or stop by the farm stand for a pint or quart of harvested berries. The farm stand also sells fresh apple cider doughnuts throughout the week, as well as apple cider pressed with the oldest cider press on Long Island. It is known for its homemade pies and preserves. Strawberry picking starts in June. The farm is closed on Sundays.

7. Rottkamp's Fox Hollow Farm – Baiting Hollow

The Rottkamp family has been serving Long Island farm-fresh produce for more than 100 years. Strawberry picking season begins in June. Visitors can expect fresh, ripe strawberries, as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables. Visit Rottkamp's on Saturdays and Sundays for strawberry picking.

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Boy rides a toy tractor at windy acres farm where you can go strawberry picking on Long Island
After picking, enjoy the wooden tractor and other play structures at Windy Acres Farm in Calverton.

8. Windy Acres Orchard – Calverton

Windy Acres Orchard offers strawberry picking plus other pick-your-own berries, pumpkins, and vegetables throughout the growing season. The farm has a large stand with produce, fresh baked goods, honey, and flowers. Admission is FREE. A large picnic area is available, and kids enjoy the play area with wooden structures in the shape of a train, tractor, pirate ship, and truck. The strawberry picking farm is open seven days a week. Check its Facebook page for current attractions and events.

9. Soundshore Farms and Market – Riverhead

Known for its lovely views, this farmers market offers strawberry picking in early June. Masks must be worn and hands washed before and after picking. The farm is open daily, and an on-site market sells local fruits, honey, jam, bread, and pies. Corn is roasted daily, and there is plenty of parking.

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Girl with the Strawberry Queen at the Mattituck Lions Strawberry Festival on Long Island
Meet the Strawberry Queen at the Mattituck Lions Strawberry Festival.

Strawberry Festivals on Long Island in 2022

Mattituck Lions Strawberry Festival – Mattituck

Wednesday, June 15-Sunday, June 19
At the peak of strawberry picking season, and concluding on Father's Day, this annual festival serves shortcake, strawberries dipped in chocolate; strawberries served just about any way you can imagine. The festival also offers rides, live music, and more than 100 arts-and-crafts vendors. To top it off, all proceeds benefit nonprofits on the North Fork. Admission varies based on festival days.

Historical Society of the Massapequas’ Strawberry Festival – Massapequa

Saturday, June 18
Enjoy Long Island strawberries, shortcake, and other treats. Past festivals had visitors clapping along to banjo music and taking tours of Old Grace Church, Delancy Floyd-Jones Free Library, and the Elbert Floyd Jones Cottage. There are raffles, craft vendors, and FREE face painting for kids. Festival events and performances are subject to change due to Coronavirus guidelines.

Photos courtesy of the farms

This post, originally published in 2017, is updated annually.

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