How many can you carry? With farms opening for strawberry picking, it’s time to get your haul of ripe, juicy fruit directly from “u-pick” fields. After a chilly spring, there's a long-awaited sign of summer. “This is the latest strawberry season I can remember," says Cutchogue farmer Tom Wickham. But the weather hasn't done any harm. “The crop is good, it’s just a little late,” he says.
Here’s a list of Long Island's strawberry fields for June's prime harvest. You'll want to call ahead before going to confirm the day's picking hours and field conditions. This year's prices are $4 to $6 per quart with containers costing a bit extra at some farms.
Garden of Eve Organic Farm
Young revelers can visit the playground or a working beehive and pet a bunny or chicken. Info: 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead; 631-722-8777, gardenofevefarm.com. Admission: $5 includes hayride and access to the farm's play areas and animals on weekends (plus $6 a pint for strawberries)
Lewis Road, East Quogue; 631-653-5221. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (closed Wednesdays)
633 Victory Ave., Brookhaven; 631-286-7876, gloverfarmsbrookhaven.com. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Patty's Berries and Bunches
$6 per person entering fields includes first container of berries ($6 per additional quart) Info: 410 Sound Ave., Mattituck; 631-298-4679, pattysberriesandbunches.com.
Info: 812 Sound Ave., Wading River; 631-929-4327, Open everyday but Tuesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. U-Pick strawberries (4:30 p.m.), call each day to confirm. www.lewinfarm.com.
Route 25A, Wading River (3 miles east of William Floyd Parkway, north side); 631-929-4697, condzellasfarm.com. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Rottkamp's Fox Hollow Farm
2287 Sound Ave., Calverton; 631-727-1786.
Wickham's Fruit Farm
28700 Main Rd., Route 25, Cutchogue; 631-734-6441, wickhamsfruitfarm.com. Closed Sundays.
Windy Acres Farm
3810 Middle Country Rd., Route 25, Calverton; 631-727-4554. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
HANK’S FARM STAND 324 County Rd. 39, Southampton INFO 631-726-4667, hankspumpkintown.com.