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Where to pick your own strawberries on Long Island

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.

With this spring's lingering chill and long stretches of rain, Long Island's own harvest is going to be hearty, if a bit slower to ripen.

"Even though the crop is a bit late, the quality of the berries is good," says Jeffrey Rottkamp of Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm in Baiting Hollow. “We just can’t help that weather dictates agriculture.”

Pick-your-own strawberries are generally sold by the quart on Long Island — from $4 to $6.50 each — with fields open on a day-to-day basis. Farmers recommend calling ahead to check conditions and hours.

Garden of Eve Organic Farm

Garden of Eve in Aquebogue is offering classes
Photo Credit: Timothy Fadek

The farm's U-pick field is part of it's ticketed-admission play area that includes petting animals, play structures and on weekends, a hayride around the field. Admission is $7.95 at the farm ($5 advance online) for ages 3 and older, plus $6 a pint for strawberries. Info: 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead; 631-722-8777, Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily gardenofevefarm.com

Densieski Farms

Freshly picked strawberries at Densieski Farms, on Lewis
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Lewis Road, East Quogue; 631-653-5221, Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (closed Wednesdays)

Glover Farms

From left, Sofia Marc-Anthony, left, of Holbrook, and
Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

633 Victory Ave., Brookhaven; 631-286-7876, gloverfarmsbrookhaven.com. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Patty's Berries and Bunches

Strawberries just picked at pick your own strawberries
Photo Credit: Newsday/Randee Daddona

Each picker entering the field must purchase at least one container, Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Info: 410 Sound Ave., Mattituck; 631-655-7996, pattysberriesandbunches.com.

Lewin Farms

Parveen, Farah and Nasuma on a Labor Day
Photo Credit: Nicole Horton

Info: 812 Sound Ave., Wading River; 631-929-4327,Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays. www.lewinfarm.com.

Condzella's Farm

Condzella's Farm on Route 25A in Wading River
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

6233 North Country Rd. (Route 25A), Wading River; 631-929-4697, condzellasfarm.com. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Rottkamp's Fox Hollow Farm

Rottkamps Fox Hollow Farm in Baiting Hollow, June
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

2287 Sound Ave., Calverton; 631-727-1786, Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sundays (hours vary on Fridays)

Wickham's Fruit Farm

Kassata Bollman of Farm 2 Kitchen Long Island
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

28700 Main Rd., Route 25, Cutchogue; 631-734-6441, wickhamsfruitfarm.com. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays.

Windy Acres Farm

Windy Acres Farm in Calverton has a farm
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

3810 Middle Country Rd., Route 25, Calverton; 631-727-4554. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

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HANK’S FARM STAND 326 County Road 39A, Southampton INFO 631-726-4667, Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (picking field closes at 5:30 p.m.). hankspumpkintown.com.

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