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U-pick strawberry fields open on Long Island for 2020 season

Check out these Long Island spots where you

Check out these Long Island spots where you can pick your own strawberries.  Credit: Randee Daddona

This time of year, happiness comes in the shape of a bright-red, juicy strawberry.  Smother it in chocolate, mix it with ice cream or add it to a drink, the local crop is a standout that comes but once a year. The quest to find the sweetest in the bunch starts in June, when berry-lovers head east to pick their own.

The experience "will be different this year with pickers practicing social distancing," says Gail Glover of Glover Farms in Brookhaven, where pickers will be required to wear masks. Other recommendations mapped out by the Cornell Small Farms Program, part of Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, include adding hand-washing stations and managing the flow of pickers through one-way rows or designated sections. “They’re open fields, so people won’t be on top of one another,” Glover says.

Farmers say this year's crop is not expected to be as abundant as in years past.

"We had one of the warmest winters and the coldest springs, so the weather delayed the blossoms," says Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht of Garden of Eve Organic Farm in Riverhead. "The berries may be more limited."

On Long Island, u-pick strawberry prices run about $4-$7 per quart. Call ahead before making a special trip to go berry-picking to confirm fields are open for the day.

WHERE TO PICK YOUR OWN

Lewin Farms

812 Sound Ave., Calverton

OPEN 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays. Call for availability.

INFO 631-929-4327, lewinfarm.com

Anderson's Farm Stand

1890 Roanoke Ave., Riverhead

OPEN 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays.

INFO 631-727-2559

Sound Shore Farms and Market

5629 Sound Ave., Jamesport

OPEN 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily

INFO 631-722-4740

Glover Farms

633 Victory Ave., Brookhaven

OPEN 10 a.m. to 5:30  p.m. daily the month of June

INFO 631-286-7876, gloverfarmsbrookhaven.com

Patty's Berries and Bunches

410 Sound Ave., Mattituck

INFO 631-655-7996

OPEN 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (last u-pick entrance is at 5:30 p.m.)

Each picker entering the field must purchase at least one container of strawberries, $7.

Wickham's Fruit Farm

28700 Main Rd. (Route 25), Cutchogue

OPEN 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24-25. For the weekend call due to the season coming to an end.

INFO 631-734-6441 , wickhamsfruitfarm.com

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