Strawberry Fields Forever
With the coming of warmer weather, starts the fruit picking season. Strawberries picking usually starts in late May - early June, cherries mid-to-end of June, blueberries & raspberries in July, peaches in August, apples in September-October, and pumpkins in October.
Spend a day at the farm to see where strawberries grow and pick your own fresh berries or even use those to make fruit treats at home. Below are a list of local pick-your-own farms and some information on strawberry festivals. Tip: Please remember to call the farm before you go.
Long Island Farms
Most of these Long Island Farms are kind of far from NYC. But strawberries there are really good, sweeter than the ones you normally found in the grocery stores.
Lewin Farms (812 Sound Avenue, Wading River, NY. Phone: 631-929-4327)
This is the closest to NYC among all the Long Island strawberry farms and has been around for four generations.
Patty's Berries and Bunches (410 Sound Avenue, Mattituck, NY. Phone: 631-298-4631)
Pick your own will begin in June. After picking at Patty's, you may want to check out Harbes Family Farms and Vineyards across the street (715 Sound Avenue;631- 298-0800). The farmyard offers a barnyard and attractions like bouncy house, pedal cart racetrack, goat mountain goat, shetland ponies, bunnyville, and Charlotte's Web.
Garden of Eve Organic Farm (4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY. Phone: 631-722-8777)
The Garden's particular variety of strawberries tend to ripen early, and the pick-your-own may start in mid-May. Kids can also pet a bunny or chicken, or check out the bee hive.
Golden Earthworm Organic Farm (652 Peconic Bay Boulevard, Jamesport, NY. Phone: 631-722-3302)
Pick-your-own strawberries are available maybe as early as Memorial Day weekend. Farm tours are also offered.
New Jersey Farms
Demarest Farms, Hillsdale, NJ (Phone: 201-666-0472)
This is the closest NJ farm for those living in the Westchester county. Strawberry picking normally starts in June.
Alstede Farms, Chester, NJ (Phone: 908-879-7189)
Strawberry picking is from late-May to June. There are also farm animals, hayrides, and other kids activities.
Sussex County Strawberry Farm, North Andover, NJ (Phone: 973-579-5055)
This 30-year old farm offers a garden center and also sells wooden furniture. You can also stop over the nearby Sparta Glen Park for a picnic.
Terhune Orchards, Princeton, NJ (Phone: 609-924-2310)
They have a two-acre strawberry patch. Pick-your-own-strawberry is normally around late-May to early June. There is a nice farm store, a winery, and a barnyard full of animals. They also have other summer events like Kite Day, Read and Pick, and the Mother's Day Wine Trail Weekend.
Jones Family Farms (266 Israel Hill Road, Shelton, CT 06484. Phone: 203-929-8425)
This 400-acre family farm has a history of 60+ years. It has strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, and Christmas trees.
Nassau County Strawberry Festival (Jerusalem Avenue and Newbridge Road, Bellmore, NY)
May 29th-June 1st, 2014. There will be carnival rides and games, live bands, and strawberry products for sale.
59th Annual Mattituck Lion's Club Strawberry Festival (1175 Rte. 48, Mattituck, NY Phone: 631-298-2222)
June 12th-June 15th, 2014. There will be carnival rides, live bands, and strawberry products.