Strawberry season on the East End of Long Island is one of the most celebrated annual traditions. Long Island strawberries are some of the freshest picks, and visiting the East End farms offers a ton of fun for your and your family Discover where to pick-your-own strawberries, where to purchase, and learn about the annual strawberry festival and events that take place out east each season.
Before you visit, remember to call ahead and check the times as many of these activities and farm stands are weather dependent.
By the middle of June, the North Fork strawberry crops reach their peak. These delicious strawberries are bursting with flavor and are always such a treat to enjoy and share with others. Many locals make this time to purchase strawberries and make their own strawberry jam.
Golden Earthworm Organic Farm in Riverhead is known for their own freshly harvested, certified organic produce, flowers, farm produced honey, hand-made African market baskets, and much more. The farm has been growing certified organic produce with a focus on their strawberries for the past 27 years.
Located off the beaten bath on Peconic Bay Boulevard in Riverhead, their strawberry fields are pristine, certified organic, and no-spray! During the month of June, Golden Earthworm is open to the public Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9am-2pm. No reservations required. There is a six person maximum per group.
This season, strawberries are $7/quart.
Lewin Farms on Sound Avenue in Calverton offers a wide selection of strawberries for picking on their 20+ acre farm and for purchasing. It is recommended that you call ahead for strawberry picking. Their snack window at the farm stand sells half pints of their own strawberry ice cream and sorbet, as well as cold drinks, popcorn and cider doughnuts. Check out their Instagram page for regular updates!
Sang Lee Farms in Peconic is a certified organic farm and kitchen. Their farm stand is open everyday from 9am to 5pm. Located on County Road 48, they are sought after for their selection of some of the freshest produce including asparagus, tomatoes, and of course, strawberries. This year, Sang Lee Farms is selling a limited supply (due to the growing season) of their deliciously sweet strawberries. Check their Instagram page for regular recipe posts, and unique facts and information about the East End’s local produce.
Considered to be one of the most popular places to pick strawberries on the North Fork, Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue is the ideal place to bring your friends and family. Wickham’s Fruit Farm is an historic, bicentennial farm, set near the waters of Peconic Bay. Wickham’s also sells a wide selection of produce, baked goods, cheeses, jams, preserves, and more. U-Pick strawberries is available on Saturdays from 10am-3pm while in season. The farm is closed on Sundays.
The Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival is a beloved annual event tradition for friends and family across the North Fork and Long Island. This year’s 66th annual Strawberry Festival is set to take place Wednesday, June 16th-Monday, June 21st. This year’s festival will be modified from previous years as we emerge out of the global pandemic.
This year, expect a variety of games, rides, and an international food court. Guests can also enjoy fresh, local strawberries, chocolate covered strawberries, and alcohol-free daiquiris. Fireworks will be held Thursday thru Saturday night at 10:15pm, weather permitting. Note that the Strawberry Festival is rain or shine!
In celebration of Father’s Day, dads receive free admission and ride free with a paying child.
Strawberry season in the Hamptons is always a highly sought after treat for locals and visitors. It is best to call each farm stand or store in advance to become informed of their supply as strawberries tend to sell out rather quickly. Highlighted below are some farm stands and stores to check out for the juiciest and sweetest local East End strawberries.
Babinki’s Farm Stand in Wainscott off of Beach Lane is a very popular destination for fresh produce, particularly among local residents. Locals especially love to buy their strawberries to incorporate into cakes and jams. Their strawberries are super sweet and highly sought after, so make sure you arrive early in the day! Babinki’s sell their strawberries by the quart.
The delicate strawberries at Balsam Farm in East Hampton are never to be missed! Their strawberries are available at their farm stand or at their store in Montauk. Balsam Farms also offers home delivery. Local chefs love to use their strawberries to make strawberry and vanilla cakes and strawberry shortcakes, among many other delicious sweet and savory treats.
The Green Thumb, located on Montauk Highway in Water Mill, sells a range of local produce and has an extensive selection of potted herbs. Their family owned and operated certified organic farm has an array of strawberries that they grow on their own farm. Food Network Chef and East End locations, Katie Lee Biegel recently exclaimed on her Instagram page that their strawberries are “better than candy”! Don’t be surprised if you begin eating their strawberries in the car on the way home!
Round Swamp Farm is a famous stomping ground for Lisa’s delicious homemade baked goods, prepared meals, local seafood, and produce. All three of their locations are stocked with local strawberries, sourced from Falkowski Farm in Bridgehampton.
Round Swamp Farm recommends pairing their strawberries with Lisa’s shortcakes and whipped cream for the perfect early summer dessert!
Schmidt’s is a Southampton staple beloved by both locals and visitors. This Hamptons food market is best known for their fresh produce, daily specials, and fully prepared meals. They regular sell produce from local farms, including their selection of strawberries. Deliveries come in each morning and sell out quickly. Call Schmidt’s Market in advance to confirm that their fresh, local strawberries are still in stock.
Serene Green is located on Noyack Road in Sag Harbor, equidistant from the village of Sag Harbor and the country roads of Bridgehampton. Their farm stand offers fresh, local produce and is open year round. They are best known for their local fruits, vegetables, seafood, fresh flowers, prepared foods, and local dairy items. Serene Green Farm sources their strawberries from the North Fork and are sold by the quart and pint.
Ask each farm stand which fruits and vegetables they grow themselves and which they source locally. You may wish to ask if the fruits and vegetables are certified organic, etc.
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