Frequently Asked Questions
What are your hours?
From the beginning of strawberry season (usually early June) until the end of October, we’re open 9am – 6pm Tuesdays – Saturdays and 11am – 5pm on Sundays. During pick-your-own berry season (early-June through mid-July), you can come in an hour earlier (8am) Tuesdays-Saturdays to check in for pick-your-own and get started. From November 1 until strawberries start, we’re open 10am – 5pm Tuesdays – Saturdays and 11am – 5pm on Sundays. We’re always closed on Mondays.
Are you open all year?
We are open all year! We are closed on Monday every week. Other than that, we generally are closed on Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Friday, Christmas and the day after, and New Year’s Day. But please check our Visit Us page if you’re wondering if we’ll be open on a particular day coming up.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express. We also accept Apple Pay in the market only; we can’t take it out in the u-pick fields yet. We no longer accept personal checks. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.
Do you offer pick-your-own?
We have quite a few things available as pick-your-own throughout the season. We offer strawberries (usually starting in early/mid June), red raspberries (late June), blueberries (July), apples (late September), and pumpkins (October). Please check our What’s Ripe page for details on what’s currently available and what’s coming up.
How does pick-your-own work at your farm?
We ask that you please stop into the market before EVERY time you come to pick. We open different fields for picking and change varieties. If you don’t stop in, you won’t know where to go. That being said, there are essentially three kinds of pick-your-own: berries, apples and pumpkins. Pick-your-own berries are charged by the pound. We encourage you to bring your own non-glass containers to pick into. When you stop into the market before picking, we will weigh your container. If you don’t have containers, we charge a nominal fee for plastic buckets. At checkout, we weigh your full containers and subtract the weight of the container itself, charging you only for the berries that you have picked. For pick-your-own apples, we sell you a heavy duty half bushel u-pick bag(s) before you go out to pick. Then you can fill your bag(s), and you don’t have to check out again before leaving. If you don’t fill your bag with what we have available for picking at that time, you can come back in the market and fill it with the many varieties we have already picked. For pick-your-own pumpkins, we provide carts to help you get your pumpkins out of the field. The pumpkins are then weighed, and you are charged by their weight. Pumpkin picking is only available on the weekends. Please check our What’s Ripe page for hours.
What fruits and vegetables do you grow?
We grow a ton of different things! Our most popular crop is probably our apples. We have almost 70 varieties of apples for sale over the course of the year. But we also grow our own peaches, strawberries, red and black raspberries, blueberries, cherries, pears, plums, nectarines, melons, and seedless grapes. For vegetables we have sweet corn, tomatoes, asparagus, cucumbers, peppers, squash, pumpkins, beets, beans, and various other things in smaller quantities (depending on how much we’re able to get planted in the spring). Please check our What’s Ripe page for details on what’s currently available and what’s coming up.
Are you organic?
We are not organic. Organic does not mean no pesticide or no spray; this is a common misconception. In fact organic growers in our climate often spray pesticides very frequently. While some of our practices do overlap organic methods, we believe that the least amount of spray input necessary to achieve safe and excellent quality produce is the best for everyone involved–our customers, the environment, and those of us caring for the crops every day. As a result, when we bought the Orchard back in 2004, we implemented a sustainable system using integrated pest management. We study temperature and humidity models and forecasts, scout for diseases, and trap insects. We only spray when we see a problem occurring that we can’t manage through a non-spray method. We also keep up to date with the current research through publications, several conferences a year and our local extension agents, and then apply that knowledge to our practices. As a result, we can achieve exceptional fruits and vegetables, while applying a very minimum level of spray.