The Strawberries are Here! This brief – but not to be missed – strawberry season happens every June on Long Island. The taste of these ripe, sweet, freshly picked berries is a remembered pleasure that lingers long after the last one has been eaten.
You can find Long Island Strawberries at various farm stands located here and there – or head out-east which is lots more fun. I like to go to Lewin Farms on Sound Avenue in Calverton. (In the summer the building is filled with locally grown fresh vegetables and fruits.) The Baiting Hollow Nursery on the grounds always tempts me to purchase “just one more basket” or a few more plants to add to my containers.
If you really want to make it a memorable day head first (if it’s too hot to leave the berries in the car) to the Cooperage Inn, just a little farther east on Sound Avenue, for a delicious lunch. Once when I was there the fish special that day was a seared striped bass. Unbelievably good! Their lobster bisque is a winner also.
For those of you who really want fresh strawberries, there’s some farms who allow you to “pick your own” – including Lewin Farms. I noticed a few signs on farms nearby inviting you to do so. An article in Newsday listed a few also.
Now that’s a day worth repeating! Long Island offers so much – just have to take the time to savor the aspects you enjoy the most!