Strawberry Picking 2016
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)
Farm tours are also offered.
New York Farm
Lawrence Farm, NY (Phone: 845-562-4268)
GPS Address: 306 Frozen Ridge Rd , Newburgh, NY 12550
Strawberry picking will begin Early June
Fishkill Farms, NY (Phone: 845-897-4370)
9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell JCT, NY
Strawberry picking will start in early June and they are open every day for picking till 5:30pm.
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.
Lyman Orchards (32 Reeds Gap Rd in Middlefield, CT)
The farm is open from 8am to 5pm daily. The farm is also gearing up for blueberry season! Mark your calendar for Blueberry Fest on July 9.
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
Nassau County Strawberry Festival
When: June 4-5, 2016 Noon-6pm.
Where: 2351 Jerusalem Ave, North Bellmore, NY 11710 BOCES School Grounds
Details: There will be rides, live bands and live acts as well as tons of strawberry products on sale.
Strawberry Jammin' Festival @ Fishkill Farms
When: Sunday June 12 2016 10am-4pm
Where: Fishkill Farms, NY
Details: Our strawberries are red and juicy which means it's time for our annual Strawberry Jammin' Festival on Sunday, June 12th. Local reggae favorites, The Big Takeover will be jammin' out on the lawn from 12:30-4:00pm. We'll have hayrides running for the duration of the event making stops at the nature trail where we'll have a puzzle and scavenger hunt for kids. Kids crafts will take place in the barn and we'll have our cornhole games out on the lawn. Admission: $5 (children 12 & under are free)
Strawberry Fair at Benner's Farm
When: June 11-12, 2016;12pm-4pm
Where: 56 Gnarled Hollow Road, East Setauket
Details: The Benners will do the picking for you so you can indulge in strawberry shortcake (homemade by Mrs. Benner), strawberry ice cream (kids can take a hand in making this), strawberry jam and strawberries dipped in chocolate. While on the farm, kids will have a chance to hold baby chicks, ducks and bunnies, feed the lambs and goats.
62nd Annual Mattituck Lion's Club Strawberry Festival (1175 Rte. 48, Mattituck, NY Phone: 631-298-2222)
June 16-19, 2016. There will be carnival rides, live bands, fireworks, and strawberry products.