Ripe for Picking- Strawberry Sweet Spots in Suffolk 29

There is definitely something special about being able to harvest your own fruit right here on Long Island. Picking your own locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables is a great way to get the freshest produce at a lowest price and gives us an opportunity to better understand where our food comes from. Picking your own is a great tradition, a fun outing for any family and helps support local farmers.

Lucky for us, the sweetest spots for picking Strawberries are located right here in Suffolk County.  Here are our top picks.   We recommend you call ahead or check the farms’ websites for ripening schedules, availability and events.

Condzella’s Farm — Wading River
Condzella’s is a third-generation farm grows 9 different varieties of strawberries, each having a different time for fruiting.  All of the varieties that they grow are selected for the best possible flavor.  All of their fields are mulched with straw, which keeps the berries from coming into contact with the ground insuring that the fruit is clean and free of dirt when harvested. At Condzella’s Farm they are proud to use sustainable farming practices. They reject the use of synthetic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers.  They limit their carbon footprint by selling all of their crops directly from farm to local market.   Any unsold, edible crops are donated to Island’s Harvest to combat hunger on Long Island.  Pick-your-own strawberries are available for U-pick beginning the second week in June. The farm is open daily from 9am to 5pm.  Located at 6233 North Country Road, Wading River.  631-929-4697

Garden of Eve Organic Farm — Riverhead  – ALL ORGANIC
Chris and Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht founded Garden of Eve organic farm in 2001, dedicated to providing delicious organic vegetables, fruits and beautiful flowers and to “making changes in the world by living them. At Garden of Eve Farm, they practice sustainable farming and do not use any pesticides or herbicides.  Garden of Eve’s strawberries tends to ripen early; this year’s crop could be ready to pick the first week of June.  $5 admission per person includes access to the Fun Fields, with a pedal cart track, farm animals, swings, a tube slide, and bouncy houses.  The farm is open every day from 9 am to 6 pm.  Call or visit their site for the most up-to-date pick-your-own schedule and all other information. Located at 4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead.  631-722-8777

Glover Farms — Brookhaven        
Since 1952, Glover Farms has been providing quality produce to the public through our U-Pick seasons. One of the first U-pick strawberry farms on Long Island, Glover Farms tries to provide the public with an interactive farm experience to boost the public’s knowledge of agriculture. While you walk through the fields you can see farming equipment up close and have goats eat right out of your hand. During our summer seasons you might even catch the farmer out plowing the fields.   2019 Strawberry season begins in June 8th and U-pick is available every day from 10 am to 6 pm. Located at 633 Victory Avenue, Brookhaven.   631-286-7876

Young boy holding fresh strawberries

 

Lewin Farms — Calverton
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. While there, stop by the corn stand for some of the sweetest around. Pick-your-own strawberries are available beginning Memorial Day weekend through June; hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm. While you are there, check out the corn maze, where kids of all ages can enjoy a new, challenging design each year. Call ahead for availability and days the fields are open. Located at 812 Sound Avenue, Calverton.  631-929-4327

Sound Shore Farms and Market — Riverhead
The Reeve family has been farming on LI for over 200 years and seven proud generations. This farmers Market location, which is known for its lovely scenic views,  provides customers with a large selection of locally grown produce, from vegetables and fruits to herbs and flowers.  U-pick strawberries are available beginning at the end of May. The farm is open daily from 8:30 am until 6 pm and the stand also sells local honey, jam, breads, and pies. Strawberries are $2.50 to $2.85 per pound. Corn is roasted daily, and there is plenty of parking. Located at 5629 Sound Avenue, Riverhead.  631-722-4740

Wickham’s Fruit Farm — Cutchogue
Wickham’s Fruit Farm is a family business which takes pride in producing and marketing the choicest of fruit.  Strawberries are grown without pesticides at Wickham’s Fruit Farm. Visitors can pick ripe berries and then stop by the farm stand for  fresh apple cider doughnuts, pressed apple cider pressed, homemade pies and preserves.  The farm is open from 9 am to 4 pm every day but Sunday.  Located at 28700 Route 25, Cutchogue. 631-734-6441

Windy Acres Farm — Calverton
Windy Acres is a family owned and run, 4th generation farm.  Windy Acres offers a variety of U-pick items starting with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Later in summer you can pick fresh tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant.  In fall you can pick apples and pumpkins. The farm stand offers other “home” grown 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. Located at 3810 Middle Country Road, Calverton. 631-727-4554

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Patchogue Welcomes Amulet Arts 395

We were thrilled to be a part of the Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening Celebration for Amulet Arts on June 8th.  You can tell as soon as you walk through the door that details are important to owners Michael Cappel and Mandolynne Hopkins.  Every inch of the newly opened shop is designed to create an inspiring experience.  It is truly a unique and elegant boutique.  A family owned and operated shop, with more than 30 years in the industry, Amulet Arts offers piercing, jewelry installation services, microblading and fine jewelry.  Proud members of The Association of Professional Piercers, their staff offers the most current, hygienic and professional services to their clients.  They are one of the most highly credentialed and certified piercing/body art studios in New York State.

Although concerned at first about how they might be received, Mr. Cappel got emotional yesterday when asked about their experience opening in Patchogue.  “I have to tell you that Patchogue welcomed us with open arms, and I could not be more grateful to you guys”.

In addition to body art, Amulet Arts also has an amazing gallery where artists are able to showcase their work.  We met two local artists, Mary Searles (@calicoqueen) and Christie Jones (@swellanchor), who both had several pieces of their work on display. and were thrilled with the space and opportunity Amulet provided.  Make sure to check out their instagram accounts for more of their work.

Scroll down to see highlights from yesterdays event, and visit Amulet Arts at their website or Facebook.

Suffolk Strawberry Festivals 95

Early June is strawberry season on Long Island. This weekend and next you can get out and celebrate one of Long Islands sweetest crops.  Grab friends and family and head out to enjoy one (or both) of these great Strawberry Festivals.

Strawberry Fair at Benner’s Farm — East Setauket
56 Gnarled Hollow Road
631-689-8172
THIS WEEKEND:  Saturday, June 8th and Sunday June 9th

Benner’s Farm is a private fifteen-acre family homestead, first farmed in the 1700’s.  Each year the farm provides thousands of people a sense of what it was like to live on a small farm in years past.  The Benner family has been farming organically since the late nineteen seventies and also raise a variety of farm animals for self-sufficient living. This weekend they will celebrate the strawberry by dipping them in chocolate, making them into ice cream, putting them on home-made Strawberry Shortcake, turning them into jam and eating them as they are!  Come out to enjoy wholesome family fun with old-fashioned games and live music.  They also have bunnies and chicks for the kiddies to hold, the big swing, craft and local vendors and a whole Farm to explore and discover!  The farm just announced that they have a new baby calf on the farm and now have three baby goats and a lamb to pet and feed.

 

Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival — Mattituck
1175 Route 48
631-298-2222
Thursday, June 13th through Sunday, June 16th

On Father’s Day weekend, the peak of the strawberry harvest, the Mattituck Lions Club brings the community together for a special weekend of fun and purpose. Whether you’re here year-round, are a seasonal resident or are drawn here by the Festival, you’re in for a wonderful time.  Dig into the strawberry shortcake, sample the strawberries dipped in chocolate, try the strawberries any way you like them. Head over to the rest tent to enjoy live music. Then find out what is available for sale from arts and craft vendors. Cheer as the new Strawberry Queen is crowned. Experience the midway rides. Taste foods from around the world. The fun keeps going after the sun sets, so bring lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Much of the Festival fun is free, thanks to the efforts of many volunteers. When you do spend, you help the Mattituck Lions advance their year-round community service efforts. Admission is $6 per person 5 and older. Pay-one-price ride tickets are available for purchase online. Dads are admitted FREE on Father’ Day when accompanied by a paid child.

 

No need to be sour if  you are not able to make any of these festivals,  here you can find a list of Farms and Stands where you can get out and pick your own or purchase local Strawberries throughout the season.  

 

 

 

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