Here's a quick round-up of Internet links to pick-your-own strawberry fields in New England. Keep in mind that it's always a good idea to call ahead to check current picking conditions. I've also compiled links to great strawberry recipes from New England farms, inns and restaurants, as well as from my own kitchen. And, if you're really a strawberry fanatic, why not join in this year's Strawberry Celebration at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum? Enjoy!
Connecticut Pick Your Own Strawberry Farms
Pickin' Patch - Avon, Connecticut
The Pickin' Patch is my favorite Connecticut place for pick-your-own fruits and vegetables, especially strawberries. Even Martha Stewart has visited the farm for plump, delicious strawberries. 2012 Note: Due to damage from 2011's Tropical Storm Irene, the Pickin' Patch will not offer pick-your-own strawberries in 2012. They expect to have a new crop of strawberries in 2013.
Bishop's Orchards - Guilford, Connecticut
Located off Interstate 95 at exit 57 just 90 miles from New York City, Bishop's Orchards has been growing strawberries since the 1940s. This year's pick-your-own strawberry season runs from mid- to late June.
Lyman Orchards - Middlefield, Connecticut
If you're looking for a strawberry picking outing, Lyman Orchards is your ideal spot for a day trip. They offer 11 varieties of strawberries for the picking and so much more! Buy specialty products at the Farm Market and even play 18 holes of golf on Lyman's championship course.
Pick-Your-Own Growers - Hartford County
Connecticut's Department of Agriculture has compiled this list of pick-your-own farms in Hartford County, including several that offer strawberries.
Pick-Your-Own Growers - New Haven County
Connecticut's Department of Agriculture has compiled this list of pick-your-own farms in New Haven County, including several that offer strawberries.
Rose's Berry Farm - South Glastonbury, Connecticut
The Rose Family has been farming since 1910. Pick strawberries at this historic farm or enjoy a hearty, farm-fresh Sunday breakfast here during the picking season.
Maine Pick Your Own Strawberry Farms
McElwain's Strawberry Farm - Caribou, Maine
Visit this Aroostook County pick-your-own farm and pick your own strawberries in northern Maine. Keep in mind that the berries ripen later the farther north you go in New England.
Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Farms in Maine - statewide
From the Maine Department of Agriculture, here's a searchable guide to places to pick your own strawberries in Maine.
Massachusetts Pick Your Own Strawberry Farms
Connors Farm - Danvers, Massachusetts
Located a short ride north of Boston, this farm offers pick-your-own strawberries beginning in late May.
Keith's Farm - Acushnet, Massachusetts
Keith's Farm offers strawberry picking daily in season.
Lookout Farm - South Natick, Massachusetts
Pick your own strawberries on June and early July weekends, and be sure to bring the kids! Lookout Farm offers train rides, a burlap maze, a petting zoo, a hay pyramid and more children's entertainment. There is an admission fee.
Pick Your Own Strawberries in Massachusetts - statewide
From the Berkshires to New Bedford, here's a round-up of Massachusetts farms that offer strawberry picking, from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resoruces.
Shelburne Farm - Stow, Massachusetts
This family-friendly farm located 20 miles west of downtown Boston has been a favorite fall destination since the 1970s. Shelburne Farm now extends its season by offering pick-your-own strawberries in June. During the strawberry harvest, you can also enjoy the farm's homemade ice cream, and kids will enjoy visiting farm animals.
Smolak Farms - North Andover, Massachusetts
June is pick-your-own strawberries season at Smolak Farms, where the strawberry patch is larger than ever! Some parts of this historic farm homestead are about 300 years old. In addition to pick-your-own strawberries, the farm also offers a farm stand and a bakery.
Tougas Family Farm - Northboro, Massachusetts
This pick-your-own strawberry spot opens in late Mat. Treat yourself to a strawberry slush from the Tougas Farm Kitchen when you've finished picking berries.