Long Island is ripe with places where families can pick their own strawberries. Deciding where to go can be a challenge, so we've handpicked a few of our favorites.
Harvesting your own fruit is not only fun, it connects you with the source of your food and supports local farmers. And it doesn't get fresher than picking fruit right off the vine. This is especially important for Long Island strawberries, which are sweeter and more delicate than most grocery-store varieties, and have a shorter shelf life.
Many of these farms are located on Long Island's East End, but there are a few festivals in Nassau or western Suffolk counties for families who don't to travel quite as far. Either way, call ahead or check the farms' websites to confirm that fields are open and the strawberries are ripe.
Check out our Farm Guide for more places where you can pick your own fruit and vegetables in the tristate area, or even meet some farm animals.
Condzella’s Farm — Wading River
6233 North Country Road
Condzella’s Farm is a third-generation farm offering nine varieties of strawberries. The Condzella family is proud of its sustainable farming practices that include selling crops locally, rejecting the use of synthetic insecticides, and donating unused crops to local food shelters. Pick-your-own strawberries are available in June. The farm is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm.
Glover Farms — Brookhaven
633 Victory Avenue
One of the first u-pick strawberry farms on Long Island, Glover Farms strives to provide an interactive experience for visitors. Stop by during strawberry season to pick a pint or two of fresh berries and stay to feed the goats, see the chickens, and check out the farm equipment. Strawberry season begins in June and u-pick is available every day from 10 am to 6 pm.
Lewin Farms — Wading River
812 Sound Avenue
Lewin Farms was the first pick-your-own farm on Long Island, and has been around for four generations. The farm has its own stand with more than 20 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables. While there, stop by the corn stand for some of the sweetest around. Pick-your-own strawberries are available from late May through June; hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm. Call ahead for availability and days the fields are open.
Patty's Berries and Bunches — Mattituck
410 Sound Avenue
Pick-your-own here begins in June. Strawberries are also sold by the quart. There is a $5-per-person entry fee that includes one container worth of berries. Pick-your-own is open seven days a week from 9 am to 5:30 pm. Patty DiViello is the daughter of farmers Edward and May Harbes. After picking at Patty's, venture over to Harbes Family Farms and Vineyards
across the street (715 Sound Avenue; 631-298-0800). The farm offers a barnyard, farmer's market, and country cafe. Attractions include a bounce house, pedal cart racetrack, mountain goats, Shetland ponies, and Bunnyville.
Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm — Baiting Hollow
2287 Sound Avenue
The Rottkamp family has been serving Long Island farm-fresh produce for more than 100 years. Pick-your-own strawberries are available early June. Visitors can expect fresh, ripe strawberries, as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables. Visit Rottkamp’s on Saturdays and Sundays beginning in June, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Wickham’s Fruit Farm — Cutchogue
28700 Main Road (Route 25)
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. Pick-your-own strawberries start in June. The farm is open from 9 am to 4 pm and is open for tours by appointment. The farm is closed on Sundays.
After picking, enjoy the play tractor at Windy Acres in Calverton.
Windy Acres Farm — Calverton
3810 Middle Country Road
Windy Acres Farm offers pick-your-own strawberries beginning in June. Other pick-your-own berries, pumpkins, and vegetables are available throughout the growing season. The farm has a large stand with produce, fresh baked goods, honey, and flowers. A large picnic area is available, and kids will enjoy the play area with wooden structures in the shape of a train, tractor, pirate ship, and truck. The farm is open seven days a week from 9 am to 6 pm. Check its Facebook page for festival and event information.
Garden of Eve strawberries blossom earlier than most on Long Island.
Garden of Eve Organic Farm — Riverhead
4558 Sound Avenue
According to owner Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht, Garden of Eve's variety of strawberries tend to ripen early; this year's strawberries are expected in mid-May. In addition to strawberry picking, young visitors can play in the playground, pet a bunny or chicken, and visit a working bee hive. Classes are offered here year-round for preschoolers through adults. Admission of $5 per person includes access to the "Fun Fields" with pedal cart track, farm animals, and hayrides (weekends only, noon to 4 pm). The farm is open every day from 9 am to 6 pm.
Early June is strawberry season on Long Island. Here are four top strawberry festivals listed in chronological order..
Nassau County Strawberry Festival — Bellmore
2351 Jerusalem Avenue
Thursday, June 1-Sunday, June 4
The festival features rides, live bands and other acts, as well as strawberry goodies on sale, including strawberry shortcake, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate-covered strawberries, and strawberry daiquiris. There will also be pie-eating contests with prizes. Carnival rides and games are available with a pay-one-price option.
Strawberry Fair at Benner's Farm — East Setauket
56 Gnarled Hollow Road
Saturday, June 10-Sunday, June 11, noon-4 pm
$8 adults; $6 children younger than 12 and seniors
The Benners do the picking for you, so you can indulge in strawberry shortcake (homemade by Mrs. Benner), strawberry ice cream (kids take a hand in making this), strawberry jam and strawberries dipped in chocolate. While on the farm, kids have a chance to hold baby chicks, ducks and bunnies, and feed the lambs and goats.
Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival — Mattituck
1175 Route 48
Thursday, June 15-Sunday, June 18
At the peak of strawberry season and concluding on Father's Day, this annual festival serves up shortcake, strawberries dipped in chocolate; indeed, 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 local nonprofits on the North Fork. Admission is $5 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. FREE admission on Thursday, June 15. Ride bracelets are available for $30 daily and include festival admission.
Historical Society of the Massapequas’ Strawberry Festival — Massapequa
4755 Merrick Road
Saturday, June 17, 10 am-4pm
Enjoy Long Island strawberries, shortcake, and other treats. There is live music from 11:30 am to 2 pm as well as tours of Old Grace Church, Delancy Floyd-Jones Free Library, and the Elbert Floyd Jones Cottage. Enjoy raffles, craft vendors, and free face painting for kids. Rain date is Sunday, June 18.