Tired of going to the crowded beaches? Get a change of pace by hopping in the car and heading east to pick some of your own berries at one of the many farms offering U-Pick this summer. From strawberries to blueberries to raspberries, there’s no shortage of produce to choose from.
Here’s a list of some of the farms offering pick-your-own fruit from June through August:
4395 Hortons Lane, Southold, NY 11971 • 631-599-6459 • www.bhavanaberries.com
Named after the Sanskrit concept for the cultivation of mind, body and spirit, Bhavana Berries is committed to providing a “healthy and sustainable blueberry orchard” for all those who want to come pick their own fruit during the summer months. The farm is situated on more than 30 acres of land on the North Fork, and offers six kinds of blueberries for sale in addition to flowers, garlic and herbs. The U-Pick section of the farm is open every day from July 1 to Aug. 30, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
812 Sound Ave., Calverton, NY 11933 • 631-929-4327 • www.lewinfarm.com
Family-owned for four generations, Lewin Farms was the first U-Pick style farm to come to Long Island. While it has diversified its crops over the years—corn, potatoes, peaches, cauliflower and more are now for sale—it still offers visitors the opportunity to pick their own berries during the summer months. It offers strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries at various times from May through August. Hours are generally from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary depending on supply and weather.
Wickham’s Fruit Farm
28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue, NY 11935 • 631-734-6441 • www.wickhamsfruitfarm.com
Open Monday through Saturday, this farm offers strawberries, cherries, peaches, blueberries and blackberries for the picking during the summer season. Containers are provided to pick fruit that will be purchased as you exit the U-Pick orchard. Before leaving, make sure to check out the homemade donuts, pies and jams that are made from the farm’s fruit.
410 Sound Ave., Mattituck, NY 11952 • 631-655-7996 • www.pattysberriesandbunches.com
Head to Mattituck to explore the 24 different kinds of berries available at Patty’s. Pick your own before stopping at the ice cream stand for a cup filled with unique flavors, from chipotle raspberry to sugar snap pea. Typically, in-season berries for the summer months include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Patty’s has a meter on its website that states what is currently available for picking, and how much of it you might be able to find out in the fields. A $6 container must be purchased by everyone who wishes to enter the U-Pick field. Hours in the summer months are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Windy Acres Farm
3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton, NY 11933 • 631-727-4554 • www.facebook.com/145017335593755
Located in Calverton, this farm has U-Pick hours every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., back by popular demand. Fruit is $8 per pint, and strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, melons and more will be available at various points throughout the summer. The farm also offers vegetables and flowers for sale at its stand.
Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market
4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901 • 631-722-8777 • www.gardenofevefarm.com
Open daily from April Fool’s Day to Halloween, this organic farm offers visitors the opportunity to pick strawberries and blueberries throughout the summer. Although the farm is open every day, the website recommends Tuesday through Friday for picking to get the best selection. Vegetables are also available for purchase. All visitors to the U-Pick farm must pay a $5 entrance fee, in addition to at least one group member purchasing a container.