Ripe for Picking- Strawberry Sweet Spots in Suffolk 248

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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Bayport-Blue Point Welcomes Students! 226

Bayport-Blue Point School District welcomed students back for the 2019-20 School year, below are a few photos from a successful first day!

Students enrolled in Kimberly Rall’s fourth grade class at Academy Street Elementary School settled in for a day of learning on the first day of school.

 

Students from James Wilson Young Middle School are pictured with new principal John Andruszkiewicz on the first day of school.

 

A number of Bayport-Blue Point High School students are pictured on the first day of school with, from left, Bayport-Blue Point High School Assistant Principal Neil Zarcone, Dean of Students Michael Zafonte and new Bayport-Blue Point High School Principal Robert Haas.

 

Photos courtesy of the Bayport-Blue Point School District

 

Bring Home the “Teacher’s Pet”, Free Back to School Adoptions 113

In celebration of the start of the new school year, the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will offer free adoptions throughout the month of September for dogs and cats over the age of four years-old. The normal adoption fees of $137 for a dog and $140 for a cat will be waived and include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal.

Here are a few of the adoptable pets currently at Brookhaven Animal Shelter:

Zara
Mufasa
Bandit

Those who are interested in adopting a dog or cat should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.brookhavenny.gov/animalshelter or call 631-451-6950.

 

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