RESERVATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Cherish your strawberries – they are precious, and so are you and all farm workers providing your food. We take care of our strawberries all year round to produce such nice berries at harvest time. They are one of our most demanding crops - a labor of love for over five decades!
STAY SAFE, STAY WELL
Stay home if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick.
COME FARM WITH US! GUEST HARVEST REQUIREMENTS
- All guests, 10 years and older, are required to pick at least one Jones basket, or share a Jones box with up to four people, using Jones picking containers to help the harvesting.
- Children under 10 years old need to either share a Jones basket with one person, or help pick into a Jones box (up to 4 people to a box).
- Everyone going to the berry fields must have a Jones berry container and be harvesting fruit; spectators are not permitted so we can maintain spacing in the fields.
- See more on our picking containers.
ONLINE RESERVATIONS AND PRE-PAYMENT
The reservation system makes for a wonderful guest experience by moderating any potential crowds, providing an enjoyable visit for all guests.Online reservations are strongly recommended,especially for weekends, nice weather days and weekday mornings! Do not get turned away - time slots are limited. With a reservation, check-in is much quicker, and we can update you about weather situations. We post upcoming reservations 3 to 5 days in advance based on weather and crop conditions.
Guests not technologically able to make online reservations can email the farm office 1 to 2 days in advance to arrange for their picking times.
Pre-payment online is required for the number of Jones containers you take to the field to fill. There is no weighing of berries at exit. For the most up-to-date pricing, please see the current reservations.
PRICING AND SELECTING THE BEST JONES CONTAINER
We have our smaller Jones Berry Basket, with discounts when purchasing multiple baskets. We also offer our famous Jones Berry Box, for those interested in volume picking.
Which container is best for you? Baskets are better for multiple members in a group, especially when there are young children.
Which is the best price? For the baskets, there is a discount the more you pick; if you are getting 4 or more baskets, the price is the same per pound as getting a box. Whether you get 4 baskets or 1 box, they both represent the same 33% off per pound.
If you are not sure what is the best for your family, we can help adjust your order after you arrive. It is still best to place your pre-order and reservation before your arrive, and we can help you upon check in.
Please note, only Jones picking containers can be brought out to the fields. All berries must be in the Jones containers you are paying for when you leave the field and not in any other container. Do not overfill your baskets or boxes; each berry is precious and overflowing containers lead to berries falling to the ground. Pricing is based on containers that are slightly mounded.
NO EATING BERRIES IN THE FIELD
It is extremely important not to eat berries in the field. All food crops are recommended to be washed before eating, as they are grown outside amongst wildlife. Our farm enforces this important federal Food Safety guideline; wash berries at home before eating. As always, everyone is strongly encouraged to pick with clean hands. The farm has hand washing sinks at each picking location for guests.
WALKING TO THE FIELDS
We have found that when everyone walks to the field, it creates a very pleasant, peaceful farm experience. Guests comment that they enjoy the beautiful farm walk as part of their berry picking experience. So bring your walking shoes! Please, no flip flops. Guests will need to be fit to walk up to 15 minutes each way and carry their berries.
With the reservation system this year, we will post our upcoming hours every few days. From when we open for strawberries in early June, we expect to be picking 7 days a week, weather permitting, until the end of June. Strawberry season goes by quickly, and can end early if the weather is too warm or too rainy.
PLEASE NOTE the end of day times for most Mondays through Saturdays: The last reservation of the day to fill a box is 5pm; the last reservation to fill baskets are for 5:15pm. Cars and guests must enter the farm by 5:30pm; we close the entry gates promptly at 5:30pm and the fields at 6:00pm. If you have a reservation and arrive after 5:30pm due to traffic, we will work with you to reschedule your reservation for another time.
On Sundays: we are only open in the mornings; you must arrive by 12 noon and we often sell out, so make sure to reserve your time slot before you arrive.
FAMILY SIZES AND AGES
In order to keep groups small and appropriately spaced out, please no more than 8 persons on the same reservation.
We love children and young families, but we know harvesting berries can be a challenge at times for the very young depending on the weather and other conditions. We ask parents and caregivers to keep children close at hand. Running in the fields is not permitted. For children under 10, we recommend a one to one ratio, of one adult/teenager to each child to help them pick.
Strollers and wagons are recommended to take the children to the fields, but strollers cannot go into the picking areas. The strollers and wagons can be placed in designated parking areas; therefore, children will need to be taken out of the strollers when the family is picking.
We pick at two different farms, Pumpkinseed Hill OR the Valley Farm. On the morning of your visit, call 203.929.8425 or check our website banner for our picking location information! DO NOT ask your GPS to send you to the Jones Family Farms (that will send you to the main farm and our winery).
PLEASE NO OUTSIDE FOOD
We follow the best agricultural practices, which outline that there should be no eating, picnicking, or outside food near harvest areas. We welcome water bottles.
LEAVE YOUR PETS AT HOME
Due to food safety regulations, pets are not allowed into the farmyard and fields. Also please note, you are not allowed to leave your pets in the car unattended.
RESCHEDULING, WEATHER AND CANCELLATION POLICIES
You can adjust your reservation date and time on your own! Go to the Order Management Link your reservation's confirmation email, and make the adjustment. If you want to add or reduce the number of picking containers, you need to do that at the farm.
If there is severe weather, and we close the farm, we will offer you a refund or credit. We do pick in light rain, so please reschedule 2 hours in advance if you wish to come another time. Also, if you cannot pick due to illness, you can reschedule your reservation up to 2 hours in advance by going to the Order Management Link in your confirmation email, and chose another day.
No refunds for those who do not show for their appointments, since it is likely we had to turn other guests away for that time slot. Thank you.
FRESH PICKED, PRE-PICKED BERRIES
This year we hope to offer pre-picked berries according to the abundance of the crop. In 2022, we plan to offer the pre-picked berries at the farm we are picking, not at our main farm/winery location like last year. We will update this information as we get closer to the season.