What do you charge to pick blueberries?
We charge blueberries by the pound, not the container. In 2016, our blueberry prices are as follows: if you pick more than 8 lbs, it is 3.49 a pound; if you pick less than 8 lbs, it is 4.29 a pound. See the next question about picking containers.
What container should I use for berry picking?
If you have a handled Jones berry box, we encourage you to bring it back and reuse it - it's good for the environment and you will receive a credit. For new boxes, there is a $1 charge. In 2016, we are introducing a smaller basket that we believe will make picking easier, especially for children. It is plastic so therefore it can be washed and sanitized for future uses.
What else should I bring with me to pick berries?
Wear comfortable clothing that can keep you cool. Hats, suntan lotion, shoes with closed toes and low heels, and a bottle of water will help keep you safe and cool while picking in the fields. Also, we only accept cash or check in the berry fields.
How do I know if you’re open or what field you are picking at on a specific date?
You can call our Crop Report Line at 203-929-8425. During the harvest season, the message is updated daily with all the necessary information you need. Go to Directions for field locations.
Is there a real Farmer Jones?
Yes! The Farmer Jones on the phone message is Terry Jones who is the 5th generation of the family to work on this farm. See About The Farm for more history of the Jones Family.
Do you sell pre-picked berries?
We are a harvest-your-own farm, exclusively. Please ask a friend or neighbor to pick for you if you are unable to do so yourself. One of our surveys revealed that 30% of berries picked at our farm are picked for others.
Do I get a credit for re-using my old Jones Family Farms Berry Box?
Yes! If you bring back a Jones Family Farms berry box and re-fill your box over 8lbs you will receive $1.00 off the cost of that box of berries at check-out. If you fill your box less than 8lbs, you'll still receive a credit of $0.30.
Do you sell blueberry bushes?
We only sell our berries to our guests. You can check local nurseries or home and garden centers to find plants for your own homes.
When will the blueberries be ready?
Check the farm crop report, 203-929-8425, around the Fourth of July and Farmer Jones can advise you on the ripeness of the blueberries.
How do you keep the birds and deer out of the berries?
With great difficulty! Balloons and noise cannons scare birds away; rye grass gives birds an alternate food supply; and soap is unappetizing for deer. We estimate 30% of the crop is eaten by wildlife and we plant extra to provide enough for guests.
What is the white film on the berries?
That is called ‘bloom’. It’s a protective natural wax coating for the berries, tt’s similar to the coating found on plums or apples. Sometimes the bloom comes off before harvest.
Do you take credit cards?
Cash and Personal Checks are accepted, however, we do not take credit cards for the summer berry seasons.
Can I bring a group of children?
Blueberry picking is not a suitable activity for groups of young children. The blueberry fruit is very fragile and easily damaged by immature pickers. It is a perfect project for an adult and a child to learn about the fruit together, however blueberry picking is old-fashioned farm work and not appropriate as a “fun outing” for groups of kids.
Due to staffing and the fragility of the fruit, we ask that you please do not bring school or camp groups blueberry picking. We will have to ask them to wait outside the field while adult volunteers pick for the group.
Can I bring my dog/pets to the berry fields?
We practice Good Agricultural Practices and thus even the best trained pets are not allowed in the berry fields due to sanitary reasons. Since berries are in the hot summer months, it is unhealthy to leave your pet in the car while you pick. We ask that you leave your pets at home when you come to the farm. (Service dogs are not included in this policy.)
Is there a place to picnic/tailgate on the farm?
Good Agricultural Practices discourage the consumption of foods in our guest harvest areas. We encourage berry pickers to visit one of the nearby parks that are set up to accommodate picnickers. Light refreshments may be eaten in grassy areas close to the edge of the parking areas. Please plan to carry out all the trash you bring in.
Does the farm host birthday parties?
We are a working farm and unfortunately do not have set-ups for birthday parties. We do hope birthdays are celebrated with blueberries as the centerpiece, however, we request an adult family member come beforehand to pick strawberries for an at-home party or a picnic at a park.
Where can I buy a Jones T-Shirt, Cap, etc?
We have begun a limited program of test products. Sales of these items (caps, magnets, etc) are done in the winery tasting room or at special events throughout the year.
Do you sell food on the farm?
Jones staff can provide a list of local restaurants for you after you check out.