Not Certified Organic but BETTER - we use NOTHING on our crops.
We DO NOT use synthetic pesticides or herbicides on our farm - period. We are not certified organic but choose to farm using organic practices and do our very best to be good stewards of the land. We are a pick-your-own operation when it comes to our berries - strawberries, blackberries and red raspberries.
BLACKBERRIES We grow Chester and Triple Crown varieties. Blackberries picked fresh taste so much different from the lot you can purchase at the grocery. Ours are full of flavor and burst in your mouth.
BLUEBERRIES We have planted several varieties the past few years. Blueberries plants take time to mature so we don't have a huge amount but the patch is growing.
STRAWBERRIES In 2018 we decided to stop growing strawberries. We were constantly fighting an invasive insect that simply cannot be gotten rid of - whether that is organically or conventionally.
RED RASPBERRIES They go quick! We have a few varieties but all are late summer/early fall types.
Our Picking Rules -
Children are always welcome at the field. We ask that you teach them how to pick properly. If you plan on picking for a while it may be a good idea to bring something for a younger child to play with in case they lose interest in picking. Please, no throwing berries or running in the field. Our farm is along a busy highway and we also have three 1/2 acre ponds. We ask that you keep an eye on your children. Please leave dogs at home. We love dogs but they have no place in our fields or gardens. Please be aware that older people and much younger people may have a more difficult time navigating the field. Our fields are on grass with no rocks. Walking is very easy. We have benches and shade for folks to take breaks under.
There is a Port-a-john available at the field as well as hand wipes, and paper towels.
Strawberry Care Info
Strawberries will not ripen very much after picking, so be sure the berries you pick are fully ripe. Keep stems or hulls on the fruit to preserve freshness. Without them, strawberries will lose their vitamin content, become waterlogged and are more vulnerable to mold causing bacteria. Pick large and small ripe fruit. Avoid over-ripe ones. Look for firm, shiny, bright and well shaped berries. Check under the leaves, as some of the best fruit is hidden. Keep berries out of the sun being careful not to fill containers too full - or bottom berries will be crushed. Freezing Strawberries- Whole unsweetened: Wash if necessary, and hull. Place berries in a single layer on cookie sheet and freeze until hard. Sweetened Berries - Wash, hull, and slice berries. Sprinkle about 1/4-1/2 cup of sugar to each quart of berries. Mix sugar and berries, let sit until juice forms, about 1/2 hour. Pack into freezer containers.