Strawberry Picking on Long Island and Summer Strawberry Festivals on Long Island

Fill your baskets with ripe strawberries at Garden of Eve in Riverhead. Photo courtesy of the farm
Fill your baskets with ripe strawberries at Garden of Eve in Riverhead. Photo courtesy of the farm
5/5/24 - By Thien August

Strawberry picking season on Long Island is almost upon us. There are lots of options for strawberry picking, and deciding where to go can be challenging, so we've handpicked our favorite farms to share with you.

Harvesting your own fruit is not only fun, but it connects you with your food and supports local farmers. Long Island 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. 


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

When Is Strawberry Picking Season on Long Island?

Strawberry-picking season on Long Island lasts from late May until early July, so get your baskets ready to go!

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, which 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 the farm's Facebook page for announcements.

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 late spring, and strawberry picking is available daily in-season. 

4. Patty's Berries and Bunches – Mattituck

Strawberry picking season will be underway in June. Find blueberries and raspberries in July, as well as blackberries in August. The farm is open for strawberry-picking fun 7 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 is across the street and offers a barnyard, farmers market, and country cafe.

5. 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, as does cherry picking. The farm is closed on Sundays.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Soundshore Farms and Market – Riverhead

Known for its lovely views, this farmers market offers strawberry picking in early June. 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.

Strawberry Festivals on Long Island in 2024

Strawberry Festival at Lenny Bruno Farms – Manorville

Saturday, June 8-Sunday, June 10, 2024
The Strawberry Festival at Lenny Bruno Farms features a variety of family-friendly activities including food trucks, live music, artisan vendors, face painting, children and teen activity vendors, u-pick, educational hay rides, a petting zoo, jumbo garden games, and more.

Historical Society of the Massapequas’ Strawberry Festival – Massapequa

Saturday, June 15, 2024
Enjoy Long Island strawberries, shortcakes, 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. 

Mattituck Lions Strawberry Festival – Mattituck

Wednesday, June 12-Sunday, June 16, 2024
At the peak of strawberry picking season, and concluding on Father's Day, this annual festival serves shortcakes, strawberries dipped in chocolate, and strawberries served just about any other 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.

Wainscott Strawberry Festival – Wainscott

Sunday, June 16, 2024
Sponsored by the Wainscott Sewing Society, locals look forward to this annual event and partaking in delicious strawberry shortcakes. Adults are $10, children $5. It's best to arrive on time or you run the risk of the festival running out of shortcakes.

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

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