What should I bring with me to pick berries?
We provide you with berry boxes to pick into. Wear comfortable clothing that can keep you cool. Hats, suntan lotion, shoes with closed toes and no heels, and a bottle of water will help keep you safe and cool while picking in the fields.
How do I know if you’re open or what field you are picking at on a specific date?
You can call our farm crop report at 203-929-8425. During the harvest season, the message is updated frequently with all the necessary information you need. Go to Directions for field locations.
How much do the strawberries cost?
In 2016, the price is $3.99 per pound if you pick less then 8 pounds. If you pick more than 8 pounds, it is $2.79 per pound. We encourage the reuse of our berry boxes! If you need a new handled box, there is a small charge of $1; each green quart guests use for picking and/opr holding berries will be 10 cents.
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 re-used box less than 8lbs, you'll still receive a credit of $0.30.
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 you sell strawberry plants?
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.
Is there a real Farmer Jones?
Yes! We currently have three generations of Jones farmers living here on the farm. The Farmer Jones on the phone message is Terry Jones, the 5th generation of the family to work on this farm. Terry and wife Jean manage the farm operations with their son Jamie and his wife Christiana. Many other family members help throughout the farm. See About Us for more history of the Jones Family.
What type of berry is best for making jam?
Late season berries are small with a more intense flavor. They make the best jam.
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.
Do you take credit cards?
We do not take credit cards for the summer berry seasons. Cash and Personal Checks are accepted.
Can I bring a group of children?
Strawberry picking is not a suitable activity for groups of young children. The strawberry fruit is very fragile and easily damaged by immature pickers. It is a perfect project for an adult and a child to learn together about the fruit, however strawberry 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 strawberry 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 pets and therefore, are not included in this policy.)
Is there a place to picnic 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.
Does the farm host birthday parties?
We are a working farm and unfortunately do not have set-ups for birthday parties. We do hope June birthdays are celebrated with strawberries 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.
Do you sell food on the farm?
Jones staff can provide a list of local restaurants for you after you check out.