How do I know if you’re open or what farm 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. We pick at the Valley Farm at 555 Walnut Tree Hill Road in Shelton or our Pumpkinseed Hill Farm at 120 Beardsley Road in Shelton. (Many GPS programs incorrectly send you to our Homestead Farm and Winery; please follow signs when you are near the farm.)
What should I bring with me to pick berries?
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 much do the strawberries cost?
We have two great "clean and green" picking containers. There is a small initial fee for these containers; they are reusable and you will receive future savings when you return with them and go berry picking. This is good for you and the planet! Our guests love sharing with the us the many uses they have for these versatile containers.
Our white, plastic Berry Baskets are perfect for berry picking. The Berry Baskets are "All You Can Carry" for $12.50. (If you are returning with a Jones Berry Basket, it is $11.50). If you pick three Berry Baskets, they are only $10 each; and four or more Berry Baskets are $8.50 each. (Remember, for each Berry Basket you bring back, you will be save $1 for reusing your container.)
Our famous Berry Box with the wooden handle is a classic! This box can hold up to 8 to 12 pounds of strawberries. In 2019, the price is $4.89 per pound if you pick less then 8 pounds. If you pick more than 8 pounds, it is $3.39 per pound. We encourage the reuse of our Berry Boxes! If you need a new handled box, there is a small charge of $2, but return with your Berry Box for future savings.
Do I save money when re-using my Jones Family Farms Berry Box and Berry Basket?
Yes! When you return with your Berry Boxes and Berry Baskets, you will not be charged for new picking containers. In addition, the Berry Box receives an additional credits according to how much you pick.
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.
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 and they make the great 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?
New this year, we can accept credit cards at our berry fields. Cash and Personal Checks are also accepted.
Can I bring a group of children?
Strawberry picking is not a suitable activity for groups of young children, such as camps or school groups. 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. 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 follow Good Agricultural Practices and thus even the best trained pets are not allowed in the berry fields due to sanitary reasons. Since berries are harvested 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/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.
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.