Each month brings the availability of a different fruit or vegetable. Remember, it varies on location, varieties planted, and weather conditions, so always call us (or email) before the earliest date below so you don't miss the season! This summer, we will have an email notification service, where you can sign up by leaving us your email address either at the farm when you are here or by emailing us and we will email you when the crop you tell us you are interested in, is ready.
September-October: Pumpkins and squash
What to bring with you:
- if you are coming a distance to our farm, or if you have small ones with you, bring snacks, hand towels or disposable wipes and plenty of liquids to drink.
- containers for picking and for carrying the fruit home (smaller containers are better for children's smaller hands). We do sell baskets. If you bring your own containers, we will weigh them before and after you pick your berries..
- dress in old clothes and worn athletic shoes; you want to be comfortable and not worried about staining or tearing your clothes! If the ground is wet, it will really ruin any nice shoe, so wear your beat up old ones or, boots!
- wide-brimmed hats help protect you from the summer sun; and in the Fall, extra layers keep you warm. Don't forget sunscreen for the back of your neck and exposed skin.
- pack a picnic lunch and snacks. You'll be gone for a while and all that picking and being outdoors will work up a big appetite. Bring a cooler and pack it with your favorite lunch and snacks. Eating outdoors is part of the experience!
- don't forget the camera. You may want to capture those memories you're making.
When you arrive at the farm, take some time at the beginning to explain to your kids on how to identify and pick ripe fruit. If you don't know, ask us.
- note and follow all rules that are posted at the front gate.;
- place trash in proper receptacles or take it with you;
- stay clear of parked or moving tractors, vehicles and equipment;
- Health codes require no pets in the fields so please leave your pets at home where they will be more comfortable;
- always call in advance to find out if the fruit/vegetables you want are available, to get directions, check our opening and closing hours;
- walk in the rows, don't step on plants!
- don't allow children to throw berries at each other;
- drive slowly through the farm as there are children on the property and we would never want to lose one of these precious gifts.
When you get home:
- keep the fruit cool. Plan ahead to freeze, can, or make jam from the excess.
- picking the best berries: Select firm, fully red berries. Berries DO NOT continue to ripen after they are picked! Ask us how to tell the difference.
- U-pick berries are much healthier than store-bought and have a delicious taste.
The strawberry plant adapts to wide variety of soil conditions, but does not tolerate drought well, and the berries quickly rot if the weather is rainy. For this reason, the plants are usually grown on raised beds and have straw mulch around them! They also rot quickly when a customer leaves the partially eaten berry or, the calyx, within the plants (that partially eaten berry or, the calyx, starts to rot and then the spores go onto the other berries and then the field in full of rotting berries)
- do the math and be careful not to over-purchase as strawberries quickly mold when left at room temperature, and only last a couple of days in the refrigerator.
- you can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away - just wash (if you must), cut the calyx off and pop them into a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible. Those vacuum food sealers REALLY do a good job of this! The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.
- are a type of bramble, like blackberries and are also known as "Cane berries" but they are different from blackberries in that the fruit has a hollow core that remains on the plant when you pick the raspberry.
- raspberries are so expensive in the grocery store because, since they are so soft, they bruise easily, spoil quickly and do not ship well. It's much better to pick your own!
2 pints (4 cups) of raspberries are needed for a 9" pie
1 - 1¼ cups = 10 oz. package frozen berries
1 cup of raspberries is only 61 calories and high in dietary fiber
- raspberries are high in potassium, vitamin A and calcium
- raspberries contain about 50% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.