If the beginning of summer on Long Island had a flavor, it would probably taste like strawberries. As June rolls around, signs on every main road on the East End point in the direction of U-Pick strawberries. It’s a quintessential mark of the season and a patiently-awaited tradition for many. Simply put, strawberry picking on Long Island is an annual must-do!
Each year, families and strawberry fans visit Long Island’s U-Pick strawberry fields in droves, eager to get their hands on the freshest, juiciest berries of the lot, and experience the distinct sweetness of just-harvested strawberries while they are at their peak. Depending on the weather, the short-lived season only lasts from late May through early July at the latest. Check out where to head this season:
1170 Route 58, Riverhead, NY
6233 North Country Road, Wading River, NY
4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY
652 Peconic Bay Boulevard, Riverhead, NY
633 Victory Avenue, Brookhaven, NY
324 County Road 39, Southampton, NY
4070 Middle Country Road, Calverton, NY
812 Sound Avenue, Wading River, NY
6361 Route 25A, Wading River, NY
410 Sound Avenue, Mattituck, NY
62 Bellview Avenue, Center Moriches, NY
Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm
2287 Sound Avenue, Calverton, NY
28700 Main Road, Cutchogue, NY
3810 Middle Country Road, Calverton, NY
Strawberry festivals on Long Island
Nassau Country Strawberry Festival, May 31-June 3
Stop by the Strawberry Festival in Bellmore the first weekend of June for crafts, food and fun.
Admission ($5) includes hayride, kids play area and access to the u-pick organic strawberry patch. Visit website for more information and to register in advance.
Guests are invited to the East Setauket farm to take a step back in time with old-time tunes and old-fashioned games such as sack races, spoon races and funny face competitions, all while enjoying strawberry treats!
The go-to strawberry festival on Long Island, the Mattituck festival offers carnival rides, arts and crafts fair, live bands and plenty of strawberry goodies including strawberry shortcakes, pies, chocolate-dipped strawberries and non-alcoholic strawberry daiquiris. The night ends with fireworks Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Thursday night, also known as “Hulling Night,” guests are welcome to volunteer and be a part of the tradition of preparing the strawberries for the following days.