June is right around the corner, and the mark of the beginning of berry picking season here on Long Island. Whether you’re looking for fresh strawberries, or ripe blueberries, the Island has plenty of spots to visit to satisfy your berry craving. Now before you start rushing out to all of the farm stands it’s important to be aware of the varying harvest times for the different types of berries.
Weather is a huge factor when it comes to fruit picking. With that in mind don’t be surprised if not all of the berries you are looking for are ready exactly when they should be. The first berry fit for harvest is the strawberry which is normally ready for picking starting in June. The next berries ready for harvest are raspberries and blueberries, typically ready for picking in July. Blackberries are the last to come into season, usually set for harvest in August.
It’s never a bad idea to call ahead to make sure the berries you are looking for are in season and ripe for the picking. Don’t be shy, pick up the phone and give them a ring!
Now on to some great locations to enjoy berry picking, the fun pick-your-own way!
652 Peconic Bay Boulevard
Riverhead, NY 11901
This location only offers U-Pick strawberries. The great thing is that all of their fruit here is organic and members pay $4 a quart instead of the regular $4.50 a quart.
324 County Road 39
Southampton, NY 11968
Hank's offers pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
812 Sound Avenue
Wading River, NY 11792
Lewin Farms has strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries available for pick-your-own. Credit cards are not accepted at the pick-your-own stands.
6361 Route 25A
Wading River, NY 11792
May's only does pick-your-own for strawberries and only when supplies are adequate. Make sure to call ahead for this location.
Patty’s Berries & Bunches
410 Sound Avenue
Mattituck, NY 11952
U-Pick costs $5 at Patty's and they sell their strawberries by the quart and their blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries by the pint.
28700 Main Road
Cutchogue, NY 11935
Wickham's offers U-Pick for strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Club membership is required for U-Pick at this location.
Any other great berry picking spots on Long Island you know of? Comment and let us know!