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Strawberry-picking bliss in Mattituck

Fresh strawberries in the u-pick field at Patty's

Fresh strawberries in the u-pick field at Patty's Berries and Bunches in Mattituck. (June 6, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / Shawna VanNess

Sunday afternoons in early June are made for strawberry-picking. That’s where I found myself last weekend, roaming the neatly planted patch at Patty’s Berries and Bunches on Sound Avenue in Mattituck.

More than a dozen East End farms are open for u-pick strawberries—and there’s really nothing to doing it yourself. About a dozen people were stepping gingerly through the rows about 1 p.m., piling fresh berries in the oh-so-country wicker baskets that are thoughtfully loaned out at the front stand.

“Walk all the way down to the end—it’s worth it,” one woman advised, gesturing to her basket, filled with two quarts of perfectly ripe and unblemished berries that were the size of golf balls. Indeed—within an hour, we’d picked 4 quarts ourselves at the far end of the patch without moving more than a few feet between the rows.

At Patty’s, u-pick strawberries are $5 per quart and the field is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weather permitting, as long as the berries last. The best time to visit might be June 17-20, when you can also stop by Mattituck’s annual Strawberry Festival for plenty of inspiration for what to do with your berries when you get home.
 

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