Before you head out to the farm, we like to remind our visitors that harvesting strawberries can be a physically demanding activity. We want you to be prepared for the heat, sun and terrain so you have a wonderful visit. Please read through the following information to help you plan your visit.
Very Important Guest Safety Recommendations
Please come suitably attired, with appropriate footgear (sneakers, boots, other closed toe, no heels shoes). The Very Merry Berry Ferry will deliver you to the field, but be prepared to walk to where the best picking is in the field. Bring a hat and sunscreen for the sunny days. Many visitors also bring a bottle of drinking water to sip on while they pick. The farm does provide water, but a personal container is recommended.
Children and Strawberry Picking
Children are welcome in the strawberry field under parental supervision. We hope that all children act responsibly and follow the picking guidelines.
Since strawberries are a food crop, it is highly recommmended that you pick with clean hands. Please remember to wash your hands before coming to the fields or after using any restroom facilities. Additional government food safey guidelines include: washing all produce before eating it, harvesting crops in clean clothes, not harvesting when feeling sick or ill, not permitting dogs in the farm yards, and no picnicking or snacking in the farmyards and fields.
How to Pick Strawberries
When harvesting strawberries, gently lift the green leaves to find the berries hiding underneath. Pick a berry that is red all the way around - they will not ripen more once they are picked. Gently pinch the stem of the berry at least ¼ inch from the berry between your thumb and index finger. Leaving a stem on every berry will help avoid bruising the fragile red skin of the berry and help the berries to last longer once you get them home. (It also makes them easier for dipping in yogurt, chocolate or other favorite dips!)
Pick Into Our Berry Box
Our strawberries are sold by the pound. The farm provides free picking containers and our scales are set back to account for the weight of the box. If picking less than 8 pounds, a 30-cent credit is given to those who recycle their Jones Family Farms berry box. If picking more than 8 pounds, a $1 credit is given towards recycling a Jones Berry Box.