June means one thing to berry lovers: It's time to head to the u-pick fields. The East End is filled with dozens of u-pick strawberry fields and according to Gail Glover, of Glover Farms in Brookhaven, "the fields look great this year. There's lots of blossoms on the plants and that signals a wonderful crop because blossoms turn into red, ripe, delicious strawberries."
At the Golden Earthworm Organic Farm in Riverhead, you'll find more than 10 varieties of strawberries including some with a tropical flavor and early season through late season berries featuring more fragrant strawberries.
"We're certified organic on the North Fork with berries growing for more than 35 years on our property," says owner Maggie Wood. "Our crop is right on time and we invite all to visit our storybook (actually featured in the book, "Little Farm by the Sea," by Kay Chorao) farm, with a long, tree-lined driveway leading up to our u-pick fields."
On your mark, get set, go! Here's a list of u-pick locations opening in June. Remember to call ahead and confirm that the fields are open, knowing that u-pick is always weather dependent.
WHERE TO PICK YOUR OWN
OPEN No picking but you can buy fresh strawberries from the farm: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
FEE $8 per quart
INFO 91 Route 25A, Wading River; 631-849-1120
OPEN 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, starting early June
FEE $10 per quart
INFO Route 25A, Wading River; 631-929-4697, condzellasfarm.com
OPEN 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; closed Wednesday
FEE $5 per quart
INFO Located next to 10 Lewis Rd., East Quogue; 631-653-5221
Garden of Eve Organic Farm
OPEN 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
The farm’s u-pick field is part of its ticketed-admission play area that includes petting animals and play structures.
FEE Admission is $8.95 at the farm on weekdays and $10.95 on weekends for ages 2 and older, plus $6 a pint for strawberries.
INFO 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead; 631-722-8777, gardenofevefarm.com
OPEN 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
FEE $5 per quart
INFO 633 Victory Ave., Brookhaven; 631-286-7876
Golden Earthwarm Organic Farm
OPEN 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday through June; closed Sunday
FEE $8 per quart Tuesday-Wednesday; $9 per quart Friday-Saturday
INFO 652 Peconic Bay Blvd., Riverhead; 631-722-3302, goldenearthworm.com, certified organic. Do not bring containers, the farm provides them.
OPEN 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily; closed on Tuesdays.
FEE $4.99 per pound
INFO 812 Sound Ave., Wading River; 631-929-4327, lewinfarm.com
Patty's Berries and Bunches
OPEN 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (last u-pick entrance is at 5:30 p.m.), starting June 7.
FEE $8 per person for one quart container. Each picker entering the field must purchase at least one container.
INFO 410 Sound Ave., Mattituck; 631-655-7996, pattysberriesandbunches.org
Wickham's Fruit Farm
OPEN 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., through June 25
FEE $8 per quart, per person
INFO 28700 Main Rd. (Route 25), Cutchogue; wickhamsfruitfarm.com
Windy Acres Orchard
OPEN 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
FEE $8 admission includes a quart container
INFO 3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton; 631-727-4554