Strawberry Picking Farms on Long Island
Long Island is ripe with farms offering pick-your-own strawberries. Deciding where to go can be a challenge, so we've handpicked a few of our favorite strawberry picking spots for you.
Harvesting your own fruit is not only fun, but 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. Before you head out, be sure to call ahead or check the farms' websites to confirm fields are open and the strawberries are ripe.
Please note, while we've tried to highlight these farms at their best, there are many changes and limitations due to the coronavirus. Additionally, many of these strawberry picking experiences are dependent on fruit availability and the weather, so call ahead. The strawberry season is kicking off a bit later this year, with most farms opening in mid-June. Once the berries are ripe, they'll only last for a couple of weeks. If we're lucky, strawberry picking might last into early July. Though Long Island usually has a handful of strawberry festivals, these have all been canceled this year.
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1. Condzella's Farm — Wading River
6233 North Country Road
Condzella's 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. Strawberries are nearly ripe, though the farm has yet to determine whether it will allow pick-your-own crops in 2020. Follow its Facebook page for announcements.
Lewin Farms says it is the first strawberry picking farm on Long Island.
2. Lewin Farms — Calverton
812 Sound Avenue
Lewin Farms says it was the first pick-your-own farm 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. Visit the website for 2020 rules, which include requiring masks and social distancing.
3. 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 daily in-season.
4. Patty's Berries and Bunches — Mattituck
410 Sound Avenue
Pick your own strawberry season is underway at Patty's, where a $7 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 pick-your-own 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 abundance of butterflies. Owner Patty DiViello is the daughter of farmers Edward and May Harbes, whose Harbes Family Farms and Vineyards is just across the street and offers a barnyard, farmers market, and country cafe.
Garden of Eve Organic Farm says its strawberries ripen earlier than others on Long Island.
5. Garden of Eve Organic Farm — Riverhead
4558 Sound Avenue
According to owner Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht, Garden of Eve's strawberries tends to ripen early and are generally ready the first week of June. 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 of $5 per person ($7.95 on weekends) and includes access to the Fun Fields, with a pedal cart track, farm animals, swings, a tube slide, and a bouncy town (weekends only), though these attractions are limited due to COVID-19. You can also purchase seasonal tickets on its website for a better value. The farm is open daily. Be sure to call for the most up-to-date pick-your-own automated messages.
6. 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. It is known for its homemade pies and preserves. Pick-your-own strawberries start in June. The farm is closed on Sundays.
7. 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 beginning June 12. Visitors can expect fresh, ripe strawberries, as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables. Plan to wear both a mask and gloves while picking. Visit Rottkamp's on Saturdays and Sundays for strawberry picking.
After picking, enjoy the wooden tractor and other play structures at Windy Acres Farm in Calverton.
8. Windy Acres Farm — Calverton
3810 Middle Country Road
Windy Acres Farm offers strawberry picking, plus other pick-your-own berries, pumpkins, and vegetables available 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 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. Check its Facebook page for current attractions and events.
9. Sound Shore Farms and Market — Riverhead
5629 Sound Ave
Known for its lovely views, this farmers market has U-pick strawberries available 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, too. Strawberries are $3.99 per pound. Corn is roasted daily, and there is plenty of parking.
Photos courtesy of the farms. This post was originally posted in 2017.