Ripe for Picking- Strawberry Sweet Spots in Suffolk 621

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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Don’t Miss LI’s Winter Restaurant Week January 26th- February 2nd, 2020 765

Long Island Restaurant Week Winter 2020

Join us for our Winter Long Island Restaurant Week January 26th – February 2nd, 2020. As always during restaurant week, participating restaurants will offer a $29.95 three-course prix fixe all night every night they are open from Sunday to Sunday, except Saturday when it only has to be offered until 7 p.m. 

There are new restaurants participating this winter. Why not take this opportunity to get out and try a new spot, or head back to some of your favorites. With so many different cuisines and options to choose from, you are sure to find something to suit your palate. Bon Appétit!

Here is the list of participating Suffolk County restaurants, click on the Restaurant name for menu options or to make a reservation :

Alexandros Kitchen and Bar (631) 979-9700  Suffolk – Smithtown, Mediterranean

Alexandros Restaurant (631) 928- 8600  Suffolk – Mount Sinai, Mediterranean

Athenian Greek Taverna  (631) 499-7660  Suffolk – Commack, Greek

Avino’s Italian Table (631) 803-6416  Suffolk – Bellport, Italian

Babylon Carriage House (631) 422-5161  Suffolk – Babylon, American

Barmani’s Kitchen and Bar (631) 659-3889  Suffolk – Huntington, Continental

Bella Vie  (631) 500-9045 Suffolk – Bay Shore, Italian

Besito Mexican  (516) 620-3222  Suffolk – West Islip, Mexican

Besito Mexican  (631) 549-0100  Suffolk – Huntington, Mexican

Bistro 25   (631) 589-7775  Suffolk – Sayville, New American

Bistro 58 (631) 881-6013  Suffolk – Islandia, American

Bistro Cassis Huntington (631) 881- 6013  Suffolk – Huntington, French

Café Buenos Aires (631) 603- 3600  Suffolk – Huntington, French

Cafe Havana Bar And Grill  (631) 670-6277  Suffolk – Smithtown, Cuban

Café Joelle (631) 589-4600  Suffolk – Sayville, American

Captain Bill’s  (631) 665-6262 Suffolk – Bay Shore, Seafood

Casa Rustica  (631) 265-9265  Suffolk – Smithtown, Italian

Chachama (631) 758-7640  Suffolk – East Patchogue, New American

Chop Shop Bar and Grill (631) 360-3380  Suffolk – Smithtown, American

Cinque Terre Ristorante  (631) 923-1255  Suffolk – Huntington Sta., Italian

Drift 82  (631) 714-4950  Suffolk – Patchogue, American

Garden Grill Restaurant  (631) 265-8771  Suffolk – Smithtown, American

George Martin’s Strip Steak (631) 650-6777  Suffolk – Great River, Steakhouse

H20 East Islip  (631) 277-4800  Suffolk – East Islip, Seafood

H20 Smithtown   (631) 361-6464  Suffolk – Smithtown, Seafood

Honu Kitchen & Cocktails  (631) 421-6900  Suffolk – Huntington, American

Imperial Meat Company (631) 824-6222  Suffolk – Huntington, Steakhouse

Irish Coffee Pub   (631) 277-0007  Suffolk – East Islip, Continental

ITA Kitchen (631) 267-5916  Suffolk – Bayshore, Italian

Jonathan’s Ristorante  (631) 549-0055  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Konoba Huntington (631) 824-7712  Suffolk – Huntington, Mediterranean

La Parma II Italian Restaurant (631) 367-6360  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

LaTavola (631) 750-6900  Suffolk – Sayville, Italian

Le Soir Restaurant  (631) 472-9090  Suffolk – Bayport, French

Lombardi’s on the Bay (631) 654- 8970  Suffolk – Patchogue, Italian

Mac’s Steakhouse (631) 549-5300  Suffolk – Huntington, Steakhouse

Maria’s (631) 979-7724  Suffolk – Nesconset, Latin

Matteo’s of Huntington (631) 421- 6001  Suffolk – Huntington Station, Italian

Mirabelle Restaurant & Tavern (631) 751-0555 Suffolk – Stony Brook, French

Mission Taco (631) 614-8226 Suffolk – Huntington, Mexican

Monsoon   (631) 587-4400  Suffolk – Babylon, Asian

Nantuckets  (631) 509-4848  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, American

Orto  (631) 473-0014  Suffolk – Miller Place, Italian

Pasta Pasta  (631) 331-5335  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, Italian

Piccola Bussola Ristorante (631) 692- 6300  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Piccola Mondo (631) 462-0718 Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Pietro Cucina Italiana (631) 862-6129  Suffolk – St. James, Italian

Pine Grove Inn Steakhouse & Seafood (732) 900-4978  Suffolk – East Patchogue, American

Raimo’s of Amityville (631) 608-3260  Suffolk – Amityville, Italian

Recipe Seven Cocktails and Kitchen (631) 331-5454 Suffolk – Miller Place, American

RHUM Island Inspired Cuisine & Rum Bar  (631) 569-5944  Suffolk – Patchogue, Eclectic

Ristegio’s (631) 731- 3663  Suffolk – Patchogue, American

Salt & Barrel  (631) 647-8818  Suffolk – BayShore, Seafood

Sandbar Restaurant (631) 498-6188  Suffolk – Cold Spring Harbor, American

Sea Basin Restaurant (631) 744-1643 Suffolk – Rocky Point, Seafood

Snapper Inn  (631) 589-0248  Suffolk – Oakdale, Seafood

Taormina Ristorante (631) 499-6900  Suffolk – Commack, Italian

The Blue (631) 446-4233  Suffolk – Islip, American

The Fish Store (631) 472-3018  Suffolk – Bayport, Seafood

The LakeHouse Restaurant (631) 666-0995  Suffolk – Bayshore, New American

The Main Event (631) 522-1030  Suffolk – Farmingdale, American

The Sayville Inn (631) 319- 6774  Suffolk – Sayville, American

Ting Restaurant (631) 425-7788  Suffolk – Huntington, Asian

Verace  (631) 277-3800  Suffolk – Islip, Italian

View Restaurant  (631) 589-2694  Suffolk – Oakdale, Seafood

Vittorio’s Italian Steakhouse (631) 264-3333  Suffolk – Amityville, Steakhouse

Wave Steakhouse and Seafood (631) 928-5200  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, American

Whalers (631) 647-9300 Suffolk – Bayshore, New American

Long Island Restaurant Week is a tri-annual event designed to garner positive publicity and additional business for the region’s restaurants. Since 2006, it has been an annual November promotion until the first spring Long Island Restaurant Week was launched in April 2011 and then winter was added in January of 2016, due to popular customer and restaurateur demand.  Don’t miss out, get out and be a part of this popular event!

 

Bellport High School Robotics Team Attends First LI TECH Challenge Qualifier 529

Bellport High School’s Bellport Clippers Team 12899 participated in the FIRST Long Island TECH Challenge qualifier, a robotics competition, held at William Floyd High School on Jan. 11. Under the direction of high school technology teacher Jaime Canjura and alumnus Brian Larkin, the 11-member robotics team competed against 21 Long Island teams from Suffolk and Nassau counties.

FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge each year. The team’s next competition will be held on Feb. 2 at the Long Island School for The Gifted in Huntington.

Since the 2018-19 school year, the team has doubled in size and hopes to continue growing due to the interest of incoming eighth grade students participating in the Bellport Middle School FIRST Lego League.

“The team’s philosophy is to inspire students to be and do their best,” Mr. Canjura explained. “We follow the concept of Gracious Professionalism, a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.”

The South Country Central School District extends team members Joseph Balsamo (lead software engineer and programmer), Jake D’Esposito (programmer and IT), Robert Gronenthal (secretary and robot chassis designer), Isaiah James (team president and lead designer), Chris Lannon, Thomas Miller (treasurer), Ainesis Reid (media, marketing and programming), Soteria Reid (media and marketing specialist), Antonio Suarez (mechanical hardware technician and designer trainee), Jack Stark (mechanical hardware technician and designer trainee) and Michael Vengroski (team captain and lead designer) best wishes for success.

Photo caption: Members of Bellport High School’s Bellport Clippers Team 12899 held their robot designed for the FIRST robotics competitions.

Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 

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