Blueberries are in season, so why not celebrate National Blueberry Picking Day on July 10, and head out to local farms where you can harvest these succulent summer berries.
Towards the end of July is the best time to pick both blueberries and raspberries, and there are several u-pick farms to choose from. It’s always a good idea to call ahead to make sure they have not run out. Here are five popular spots.
1. Seven Ponds Orchard – 65 Seven Ponds Road, Water Mill. This family friendly farm has a children’s play area and a wonderful market that sells jams and baked goods. They are currently offering u-pick raspberries, then blueberries in late July and blackberries in August.
2. Windy Acres Farm – 3810 Middle Country Road, Calverton. Windy Acres Farm has a large variety of u-pick items including vegetables. Farm animals are available for viewing, and they have a large farm stand that sells all kinds of pre-picked fruits and vegetables.
3. Patty’s Berries and Bunches – 410 Sound Avenue, Mattituck. This popular farm sits on 40 acres, where more than 24 varieties of berries are grown. Check out their website and click the “Pick your own” link to find out what’s in season over the summer. Along with berries, Patty’s Berries and Bunches grows 15 varieties of flowers (not for public picking), they make their own honey, and they recently created what they call, “The Ice Cream Patch,” where they make their own homemade ice cream using local sea salt, honey and produce they grow on the farm. So after blueberry picking try an intriguing farm favorite — sugar snap pea ice cream!
4. Wickham’s Fruit Farm – 28700 Main Road, Cutchogue. Wickham’s is one of the oldest family-run farms on the North Fork. This historic farm sits on approximately 300 acres of waterfront property, making it one of the largest farms in the area. 200 acres are comprised of orchards where all kinds of fruits, including cherries, are grown. A wagon will take families out to the orchards on Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays. Blueberries will be available here by July 11.
5. Lewin Farm – 812 Sound Avenue, Wading River. Lewin has been owned and operated by the same family for over four generations. They were the first farm in the area to start “pick your own,” and they grow everything from strawberries in May to Christmas trees in December. A farm stand offers an array of fruits and vegetables, and on weekends in late July you can enjoy roasted corn or a baked potato after blueberry picking.
To make the blueberry lavender pie above, jump over to Edible Brooklyn for the recipe.