The warm summer air means strawberries and blueberries are ripe for the picking. And since Long Island features a plethora of popular pick-your-own produce farms, why bother going to the grocery store for fruits and veggies? Nine Long Island farms are perfect for enjoying all things fresh. Share your pickings using #lipulse.
Bhavana Blueberries, Southold
From July 1 through Aug. 30, swing by daily for blueberries, flowers, garlic and culinary herbs. And if all the picking is tiring, sit down for a picnic and enjoy the fresh goodies. Guests can reserve private picnic tables online for barbecue and local food like vegetables, meat, cheese, craft beer and wine. Phone: 646-284-4087 | Address: 4395 Hortons Ln Click to pick.
Wickham’s Fruit Farm, Cutchogue
Head over to one of the most well-known Long Island farms for pick-your-own strawberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries and peaches. After, guests can get an early taste of fall by digging into an apple cider doughnut, made fresh on-site. Phone: 631-734-6441 | Address: 28700 Main Rd Click to pick.
Condzella’s Farm, Wading River
Condzella’s originally opened in the 1920s as the local spot for strawberries and potatoes. Today, the Long Island farm has grown to include asparagus (April-June), strawberries (June-July), blueberries, blackberries and raspberries (July-Aug.). Phone: 631-929-5058 | Address: 6233 N Country Rd Click to pick.
Glover Farms, Brookhaven
Glover Farms reopens for the month of June when the strawberries are perfectly ripe. The farm also offers jams, honey and the option to feed friendly farm animals such as goats and chickens. Phone: 631-286-7876 | Address: 641-681 Victory Ave Click to pick.
Lewin Farms, Calverton
Lewin Farms has something for everyone. Open daily, bring home an assortment of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and apples. Phone: 631-929-4327 | Address: 812 Sound Ave Click to pick.
May’s Farm, Wading River
Stop by throughout June for seasonal strawberry picking. Once July hits, guests can buy other produce such as squash, cucumbers, pickles, string beans, corn, cantaloupe, watermelon, eggplant, tomatoes and more at the farm stand. Phone: 631-929-6654 | Address: 6361 NY-25A Click to pick.
Windy Acres Farms, Calverton
Although strawberries dominate June, guests have tons to choose from throughout July and August when they can pick raspberries, blackberries, peaches and nectarines. Visitors can also search for their own eggplant, tomatoes and peppers depending on daily availability. Phone: 631-727-4554 | Address: 3810 Middle Country Rd Click to pick.
Patty’s Berries and Bunches, Mattituck
Need to cool down in the summer heat? Grab a scoop at the Ice Cream Patch, where the ice cream is made with the farm’s fresh crops for fun, seasonal flavors. And of course there is also strawberry, blueberry and raspberry picking throughout the summer. Phone: 631-298-4679 | Address: 410 Sound Ave Click to pick.
Hank’s Farmstand, Southampton
Although Hank’s is well known for its Pumpkintown in Watermill that operates in the fall, Long Islanders can start the farm-sized fun in the summer by picking their produce with Hank’s in Southampton. Open throughout the summer starting in June, pick your own berries and shop from a large variety of fresh, local produce. Phone: 631-726-4667 | Address: 324 County Road 39 Click to pick.