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The Eastern End of Long Island, New York City’s backyard beach getaway, offers a variety of fun activities for all ages and interests. From Riverhead to Greenport to Montauk, there are the Hamptons, North Fork farms and vineyards, breweries, scenic beaches, and stunning views. From tall ship festivals to music festivals to drag racing events, to the Long Island Aquarium, Splish Splash, and the Parrish Art Museum, there’s something for everyone.

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Strawberry Season in the Hamptons and North Fork

Strawberry Picking on the East End

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 you 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 or check websites/ social media for the times as many of these activities and farm stands are weather dependent and supply is based on availability.   No pets allowed in U-pick fields.

 

Strawberry Season on the North Fork

By the middle of June, the North Fork strawberry crops reach their peak and several farms offer the experience of picking your own quarts. Strawberries are bursting with flavor and are always such a treat to enjoy and share with others. Many locals take this time to purchase strawberries and make their own strawberry jam.

 

 

Golden Earthworm Organic Farm

goldenearthworm.com   |   652 Peconic Bay Blvd, Riverhead, NY 11901   |   631-722-3302

June   |   Wednesday – Saturday   9a – 5p

Golden Earthworm Organic Farm, located off the beaten bath on Peconic Bay Boulevard, 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.

Their strawberry fields are pristine, certified organic, and no-spray!  In addition to strawberry picking, the farm shop is open to the public June – November.  @goldenearthworm

 

Hodun Farms

hodunfarms.com   |   3642 Middle Country Rd., Calverton, NY 11933   |   631-369-3533

June   |   Daily   8a – 6p   |   CASH only

Hodun Farms, locally owned for over 50 years, is open June – October and offers a large variety of fresh vegetables, some fruits as well as jarred specialties.  In addition to U-pick strawberries, you can pick your own  tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant (these pick by the bushel only) August to October.

 

Lewin Farms

lewinfarm.com   |   812 Sound Ave, Calverton, NY 11933   |   631-929-4327

Late May – June   |   Daily 9a – 4:30p   |   CASH only

Picking days vary week to week depending on availability and weather.

Lewin Farms offers a wide selection of strawberries for picking on their 20+ acre farm and for purchasing. 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. @lewinfarms 

 

Patties Berries and Bunches

pattysberriesandbunches.org   |   410 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY 11952   |   631-655-7996

June   |   Daily  9a – 6p

In addition to strawberries, this female-owned farm stand offers U-Pick and ready-picked; raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. They have various flower varieties; peonies, dahlias, sunflowers and more, which are also available for weddings and events.  After picking strawberries, enjoy seasonal ice cream, baked goods, honey and jams from the produce stand. Open for the season June – November. @pattysberriesandbunches

 

Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm

@rottkampsfoxhollowfarm   |   2287 Sound Ave, Calverton, NY 11933   |   631-727-1786

June  |   9a – 5:30p   |   Minimum 4 quarts per family – CASH only

Opening in early June, this North Fork farm is widely known for their sunflower mazes throughout the season as well as U-pick pumpkins in October. You can also purchase their sweet corn, lettuce, fruits, tomatoes, cakes, beans, summer and fall squash and yellow baby watermelons.

 

Sang Lee Farms

sangleefarms.com   |   25180 County Road 48, Peconic NY 11958   |   631-734-7001

Farm stand ONLY – No U-Pick   |   Daily 9a – 5p

Sang Lee Farms in Peconic is a certified organic farm and kitchen. 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. Check their Instagram page @sangleefarms for regular recipe posts, and unique facts and information about the East End’s local produce.

 

Wickham’s Fruit Farm

wickhamsfruitfarm.com   |   28700 Main Road, Cutchogue, NY 11935   |   631-734-6441

June   |   Monday – Saturday  10a – 4p

U-Pick is open to MEMBERS ONLY; forms are available at the farm and membership is $20 per family per year.  Check their Facebook page for updates.

Wickham’s Fruit Farm is an historic, bicentennial farm, set near the waters of Peconic Bay. It is one of the largest farms on the North Fork with approximately 300 acres. Wickham’s also has U-pick apples, raspberries, cherries, peaches and pumpkins and sells a wide selection of produce, baked goods, cheeses, jams, preserves, and more. Group tours, hayrides and picnic areas are also available. The farm opens seasonally May – December.

 

Windy Acres Farm

3810 Middle Country Rd, Calverton, NY 11933   |   631-727-4554

June   |   Daily 9a – 6p   |   Check their Facebook page for updates.

Windy Acres is a 4th generation family owned and run farm offering a variety of U-pick options during the season besides strawberries; raspberries, blueberries,apples, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and pumpkins. For the young at heart, the farm has a corn maze, petting zoo, and horse drawn hay rides.  Windy Acres Farm opens for the season May – November.

 

The Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival

mattituckstrawberryfestival.org   |   1105 North Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952   

Annual June Event – visit their website for the current year’s days and times 

The Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival is a beloved annual event tradition for friends and family across the North Fork and Long Island. Guests can enjoy fresh, local strawberries, chocolate covered strawberries, and alcohol-free daiquiris, as well as a variety of games, rides and an international food court. Festival also includes an evening of Fireworks. Note that the Strawberry Festival is rain or shine!

 

Strawberry Season in the Hamptons

While there are no U-pick fields in the Hamptons, the Strawberry season is still a highly sought after treat for locals and visitors. Highlighted below are some farm stands and stores to check out for the juiciest and sweetest local East End strawberries. 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.

 

Balsam Farm

balsamfarms.com  

Amagansett Farmstand   |   293 Town Ln, Amagansett, NY 11930   |   631-267-5635

Montauk Market   |   662 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954   |   631-238-5119

Daily 9a – 6p  ( until 7p Memorial Day through September) closed Tuesdays

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.

 

Green Thumb

greenthumborganicfarm.com   |   829 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976   |   631-726-1900

Opens end of April – check their website for updated hours

The Green Thumb 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! @greenthumborganicfarm

 

Round Swamp Farm

roundswampfarm.com

97 School Street, Bridgehampton, NY 11932   |   631-296-8078   |   @roundswampfarm_bh

184 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton, NY 11937  |  631-324-4438  |   @roundswampfarm

71 South Elmwood Avenue, Montauk, NY 11954   |   631-668-8488   |   @roundswampfarm_mtk

Visit the website for updated hours at each location.

Round Swamp Farm is a famous stomping ground for 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. 

 

Schmidt’s Market

schmidtscountrymarket.com   |   146 Jessup Avenue, Quogue, NY 11959   |   631-653-4191  

Monday – Saturday  5a – 6p  &  Sunday  6a – 3p

Schmidt’s is best known for their fresh produce, daily specials, and fully prepared meals. They regularly 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. @schmidtscountrymarket

 

Serene Green Farm StandSerene Green Farm

serenegreenfarm.com   |   3980 Noyack Rd, Sag Harbor, NY 11963   |   631-808-3203

Daily 10a – 5p

Serene Green 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.

 

Visitors Tip

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.

 

Discover the Town of Riverhead on the North Fork

East End Getaway has curated a guide to the towns across the North and South Forks, highlighting some of the best of what to see, do, and what the insiders know. This information will help you map and plan your next getaway to the East End of Long Island. Today, we take you inside the town of Riverhead.

Brief Overview of Riverhead

The town of Riverhead on the North Fork is located on the mouth of the Peconic River. It contains the following hamlets: Aquebogue, Baiting Hollow, Calverton, Riverhead, Laurel and Wading River. Riverhead is located just under two hours away by car – about 80 miles from New York City.

Riverhead is a great destination for families and couples of all ages looking to tour and visit the vineyards, breweries, restaurants, shops, and array of events held all year long.

Riverhead was founded in 1792 after the American Revolution. At the end of the 20th century, the town of Riverhead saw an influx of Polish immigrants. This eventually led to the creation of Polish Town. There visitors can discover a variety of local small businesses and Polish American restaurants and pubs. This is also where the popular Polish Town Fair is held annually.

Parks and Recreation

Riverhead is also home to four separate beaches which are open year round. These beaches are  Iron Pier, Jamesport Beach, Reeves Beach and Wading River. Each beach offers boating access for residents and visitors alike. Visitors can enjoy activities such as kayaking, swimming, sailing, boating, fishing, and much more. 

On land, find a wide variety of golf courses throughout Riverhead including Indian Island Golf Course, Sandy Pond Golf Course in Riverhead, and Woods at Cherry Creek.

Stotzky Memorial Park on Columbus Avenue in Riverhead is an excellent spot to relax or let out some extra energy in between exploring the region. This particular park is widespread with picnic areas, open fields, a playground, two soccer fields, baseball fields, a dog park, tennis courts, and more. 

As you enter Wading River on North Country Road, sit and watch the resident ducks swim by at the Wading River Duck Ponds. The best time to visit is in the early mornings before 9am or in the late afternoon after 4pm. 

How to Travel to Riverhead

There are several convenient ways to travel to Riverhead. From Manhattan, the most direct and fastest route is by train on the LIRR from Penn Station with a switchover in Ronkonkoma. There is a train station in Riverhead and nearby stations in Speonk, Westhampton, and Hampton Bays on the South Shore/South Fork. There are also bus routes from Manhattan with the Hampton Jitney and their luxury line, the Hampton Ambassador. The Hampton Jitney has both a North and South Fork line, with a preliminary stop in Manorville.

Traveling from Connecticut? The Cross Sound Ferry travels between New London and Orient Point and offers a full, daily timetable schedule.

Places to Go

The town of Riverhead on the North Fork has several notable places of interest for individuals and families of all ages. For those who wish to discover more about local history and culture, visit such sites and attractions as the Railroad Museum of Long Island and the Suffolk County Historical Society and Hallockville Museum Farm.

There are dozens of wineries that stretch across the town of Riverhead. A selection of wineries to discover in Riverhead are Palmer Vineyards, Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue, and both Farrm Wine and Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard in Calverton.

Riverhead is also home to such breweries and distilleries as Peconic County Brewing, Tradewinds Brewing, North Fork Brewing Company, Long Ireland Beer Company, übergeek Brewing Company, Jamesport Farm Brewery, Twin Fork Beer Co., Twin Stills Moonshine, Montauk Distilling Co., Riverhead Ciderhouse and Long Island Spirits in Baiting Hollow.

The majority of the breweries and wineries in Riverhead are open year round as well as seven days a week.

A must is stopping at one of the many farm stands across the town of Riverhead. Top picks include Hubbards Farm Stand, Golden Earthworm Organic Farm, Briermere Farms, Breitenbach Farms, Helen’s Greenhouses & Flower Farm, 1760 Homestead Farm, Harbes Orchard, Schmitt’s Farm Stand and Goodale Farms in Aquebogue (Note that most of these farm stands are open seasonally, or through the holiday season).

There is also the indoor East End Food Market in Riverhead. It is open on Fridays between 3-7pm May through October and 9a-1p on Saturdays the end of November through April. The market hosts a wide range of local vendors from across the North Fork.

Specifically for families, places in the town of Riverhead to visit include the Long Island Aquarium, East End Arts, Safari Adventure, Lavender by the Bay Calverton, Roanoke Lavender Farm, Tanger Outlets, Splish Splash Water Park (open Memorial Day to Labor Day), Hallockville Museum Farm, Long Island Science Center, Riverhead Raceway and All Star for bowling and arcade games. 

For entertainment, The Suffolk Theater and Vail-Leavitt Music Hall offer a variety of local and professional performances.

Where to Dine in Riverhead

The town of Riverhead on the North Fork has an abundance of casual and fine dining establishments. Many of these restaurants are family owned and operated, and have been in business for decades. Several of these restaurants are also within walking distance of the businesses throughout the vibrant downtown Riverhead neighborhood.

We divided the following recommended restaurants by hamlet:

Aquebogue

Barrow Food House on Main Road serving home cooked food with produce sourced from the family’s farm down the road.  Amanda and Kyle are a husband and wife chef team who grew up on the North Fork and set out to bring a menu that focuses on handmade fast casual options with the best ingredients. Barrow Food House is closed on Mondays.

Il Giardino Restaurant off of Main Road brings a piece of Sicily to the historic hamlet of Aquebogue. Chef and Owner John Gambino focuses on sourcing fresh seasonal ingredients from the local farms and waters. Their gorgeous garden hosts outdoor dining in the spring, summer and fall months.

Modern Snack Bar is a North Fork landmark that has been around since 1950 and is instantly recognizable with their iconic neon sign. Located right off of Main Road, Modern Snack Bar serves great home cooking with dishes ranging from Soft Shell Crab and Long Island Duck to their famous Lemon Meringue pie.

On The Docks is an American restaurant overlooking the marina on the Peconic River. With breathtaking views of the Lighthouse Marina and Meetinghouse Creek, On The Docks in Aquebogue features an indoor and outdoor bar and live music. The menu features a raw bar and entrees like Horseradish Crusted Salmon and Chicken Francaise. Happy Hour is Tuesday-Friday from 4-7pm.

Baiting Hollow

Cooperage Inn is a popular and quaint country American restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner. Live music and events take place all year round on select nights. Dishes to try include Herb Panko Crusted North Fork Blackfish, Paella, Braised Short Rib Stroganoff, and Chicken Pot Pie. Cooperage Inn also has regular rotating specials.

Calverton

Golden Jalapenos is a fun Tex-Mex restaurant on the North Fork that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their menu includes a variety of breakfast burritos, salads, tacos, enchiladas, Chimichangas, Paellas, and more. The restaurant also features a full bar. Golden Jalapenos also delivers to Calverton, Manorville, Wading River, and Riverhead.

J&R’s Steakhouse has been around for over 20 years and is known for their top quality prime rib, steaks, and seafood. Both indoor and outdoor dining is available. Prix Fixe and Happy Hour menus are available on select nights. In addition to Calverton, J&R’s Steakhouse has locations in central Long Island including Rocky Point, Medford, and Islip.

Riverhead

Jerry and the Mermaid on East Main Street in downtown Riverhead is a family friendly and family-owned seafood restaurant that serves lunch and dinner. Their menu includes a selection of hot and cold appetizers, salads, pastas, and seafood like Cajun Pan Roasted Salmon and Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna. They also have a signature cocktail list as well as a beer and wine list.

Farm Country Kitchen is a new American restaurant set in a rustic refurbished farmhouse on the Peconic River shore. Serving lunch and dinner (closed Tuesdays), Farm Country Kitchen serves a selection of homemade soups, sandwiches, paninis, wraps, salads, and rotating entrée specials. Dinner menu highlights include Island Ciopino, Gnocci Shiitaki, and Crescent Duck.

The Birchwood of Polish Town is a true Polish Town landmark in Riverhead that serves traditional Polish cuisine and American classics. Their generous menu includes a wide variety of seafood, steaks, roasts, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and so much more. The restaurant also hosts an array of events year round for families of all ages.

Stonewalls is located on The Woods Golf Course and serves French American cuisine for lunch and dinner. Dishes on the lunch menu include Mussels, an Open Face Steak Sandwich, and a Spinach Pear Salad. For dinner, try Duck a l’orange, Filet Mignon, Grilled Swordfish, or Chicken Milanese to name a few.

Star Confectionery is located in the heart of downtown RIverhead and has been a staple on the North Fork for generations. Open for breakfast and lunch, Star Confectionery serves milkshakes, pancakes, omelets, French Toast, sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, and more. Breakfast is served until 11:30am. Cash only. 

Snowflake Ice Cream Shop on West Main Street in Riverhead serves a wide variety of ice cream as well as novelty items like ice cream sandwiches, sprinkle cones, and dip tops. Just for dogs, Snowflake serves Muttwiches that feature  two Milkbone dog biscuits with premium vanilla ice cream. Open everyday beginning at 10am. 

Dari-Land on RT 25 across from All Star bowling has been open for over 25 years and serves takeout ice cream treats as well as smoothies, special order cakes, and more. Open seven days a week. 

Wading River

Desmond’s Restaurant & Pub at East Wind Long Island is a New American restaurant with Italian influences. They offer a pub menu and dinner menu that is served daily. On Saturdays there is a breakfast buffet, and brunch is served on Sundays. Live music and events rotate monthly. Happy Hour is served Monday-Friday from 4-8pm.

La Plage is an elegant French-American restaurant on the Sound. This romantic dining destination features a full wine list and cocktail menu and serves lunch and dinner. Fresh seafood and produce is caught and brought in daily. Notable dishes include the Gold and Red Beet Salad, Slow-Braised Pork Osso Bucco, and Pan Seared Branzino. 

North Tavern on N Country Road is a family-owned American restaurant that is well known for their fun hometown atmosphere. Dishes to try include everything from Long Stem Artichoke Salad and Grandma’s Pierogi to Pop’s Pot Roast and the Overstuffed Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich. North Tavern is open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday beginning at 4pm. 

Annual Activities in Riverhead

Riverhead is known for hosting a wide selection of annual events that are perfect for everyone to enjoy. These annual events include Alive on 25, Reflextions, and the Cardboard Boat Races

Oktoberfest and Halloween is another popular time to visit Riverhead with a wide range of events taking place throughout the town. These events include Halloween Fest in downtown Riverhead and the Hallockville Museum Farm Halloween Trunk-or-Treat.

Riverhead hosts a number of holiday fairs during the months of November and December including the Holiday Parade and Bonfire

Lodging in Riverhead

The town of Riverhead on the North Fork has a wide variety of hotel accommodations and lodging options.

Aqua by American Beech is a stunning beachside hotel on the Peconic Bay in Aquebogue. Newly renovated, this chic hotel offers a wide range of amenities including a sauna, firepit, and beach access as well as a variety of watersports like paddleboarding and kayaking. Their rooftop suite is truly a one-of-a-kind experience on the North Fork with a private deck and balcony with a private staircase that leads to the garden. 

Hotel Indigo Long Island is a pet-friendly IHG Hotel located just down the street from Tanger Outlets and Splish Splash. Guests will enjoy an onsite outdoor pool, fitness center, wood-burning fireplace and their onsite restaurant Bistro 72. Bistro 72 serves farm-to-table dishes and local wine pairings. The pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Onsite parking is available. 

Hyatt Place Long Island/East End is a pet friendly hotel with 100 spacious guest rooms located immediately next to the Long Island Aquarium. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, digital check in, free parking, pool, electric vehicle charging, fitness center, onsite restaurant, and much more. Their outdoor restaurant, Seaside Grill, serves lunch and dinner and is open seasonally from Memorial Day to mid-October. 

The Inn And Spa At East Wind is a luxurious hotel that offers rooms and suites with modern amenities. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, and hair and makeup salon. In addition to a hotel, East Wind is a one-stop destination for a restful day on the North Fork. Visitors will discover a range of dining options, a spa, shops, and a carousel. 

The Preston House & Hotel is located directly across from the Long Island Aquarium and is centrally located in downtown Riverhead within an easy walking distance to nearby restaurants and shops. Amenities include an in room Lavazza espresso machine, turndown service, 24/7 fitness room, and access to an offsite indoor pool and seasonal outdoor pool. Their upscale restaurant serves dinner and weekend brunch year round. Onsite parking is available for guests of the hotel and restaurant.