Picking Blueberries 2020
To keep us all safe this year, we’ve made a number of changes to our picking process:
- All picking is by appointment only. This will ensure that our farm is not too crowded. If you are a senior citizen and would like an early morning appointment, please let us know.
- To limit interactions, we are asking that you pay before picking. After paying, go to the field and fill your bucket, then go to your car. No more weighing fruit.
- $25 for 1 gallon of organic blueberries. This includes a new bucket. If you bring your own similar bucket (see photo below for examples), the price is $24. There will be no discounts for partially filled buckets.
- Our picnic areas and chicken-viewing areas are closed for the year. Please bring your own drinking water.
What you can do to help:
- Wash your hands upon arrival at the farm.
- Wear a mask when checking in and when near others.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times.
- Keep your children with you, and at least 6 feet away from others, at all times.
If your bucket looks like this (4-quart strawberry type), you may bring it for $1 off.
How to Make an Appointment
Our regular days are Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 7 to 11 am. To make an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Put the day you’d like to come (for example, Saturday July 4, or Any Wednesday or Saturday) in the subject line of your email.
- Please tell us how many people are in your party. We need to know this to ensure that our field is not too crowded for social distancing.
- Tell us what time you’d like to come. We’ll try to give you a time close to your request.
- We will confirm your reservation when we schedule it. It may take a few days to get back to you.
Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this new process. We hope to see you soon!
Our blueberries are USDA Organic Certified by Quality Certification Services.
How To Pick Blueberries:
- Pick berries that are completely blue at the stem.
- Pick berries that come off easily.
- Green berries will not ripen after picking.
- Blueberries have a powdery coating that protects the fruit. This is natural and not a spray.
- The best picking is usually at the far ends of the rows.
- Watch your children and stay with them at all times. Teach them how to pick ripe berries.
When You Get Home:
- Refrigerate your berries as soon as possible.
- Store blueberries in an airtight container with a paper towel to absorb moisture. They will keep for up to a week.
- Do not wash blueberries until you are ready to eat them.
- Do not wash blueberries before freezing. If you do wash them, you can dry or freeze on a cookie sheet before packaging for long-term freezing.