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