Most frequent questions and answers
Yes! You can purchase them by the quart or by the flat (10 lbs) on our farm.
No. We provide free containers. If you choose to bring your own please stop at the front desk to have them weighed before you head to the field so that we deduct that weight when you are finished picking!
U-Pick: $2.29/# (an ice cream bucket will be $11-$13)
Pre-Picked: 10# flat for $40.00 (this is about 2 heaping icecream buckets)
or 1 quart for $6.50
*Prices subject to change
8 AM – 7 PM is our goal, but it varies. If we are picked out or if the weather is uncooperative, we close early. Please always check the latest post on Facebook or the top of this website Home Page to confirm availability. Sarah will update it daily, sometimes even hourly, during the strawberry season, to reflect current conditions.
We take payment in cash, checks or credit and debit cards.
Sweetness comes from sunshine, so watch the weather. A few days of sun, and all our berries are sweet. A few days of clouds and rain, and their taste is more tart.
For size, we grow 11 kinds, and they are different shapes and sizes.The first picking is the king, which is the largest, but there aren’t as many of them. After that comes the queen and her court, which grow in good clusters. We always give you the best row that is available when you arrive, but that can change by the hour and day.
No. However, we use many growing practices that are organic, as our children can testify after hundreds of hours hand-weeding! We let our children eat the berries straight out of the field without washing them because we know that as long is there are no bird droppings, the berries are pure goodness.
YES!!! You will make priceless memories when you take your children to our farm and let them ‘help’ you!
You get to walk on clean straw in the rows. You may get a little wet from damp straw, but you will not get muddy – unless you go to the end of the row and roll around like some of our younger visitors:)
We will do our best to help you succeed. We once had a veteran with no legs pull himself down the strawberry row, determined to pick his own. It was an inspiring sight! If your mobility device can be lifted onto the wagon, we will do it. If not, we can help you push your chair to the field. The ground is uneven, so it will be challenging, but not impossible, as long as we haven’t had too much rain. There is a handicapped-accessible mini-biff available by the play area.
No! You get to pick from many strawberry varieties that ripen at different times. You may come a week, or even two or three weeks after we open and pick in a variety that has just ripened. We have 11 different varieties!
Probably not. We’ll post on Facebook if we change our minds or find extra staff to run a market.
3-5 days, if you do not wash them or take their stems off until you are ready to use them. Store them in the lower part of your refrigerator, uncovered or loosely covered.
Put them in a colander and rinse them off with cool water. You can put them in a sink of cold water and gently swish them around, but don’t leave them in the water long or they will absorb the water and turn mushy. Be gentle with your berries. See our recipes page for detailed handling and freezing methods
You can purchase a box of Pomona’s Universal Pectin from us. It is a natural and low-sugar alternative to the pectins sold in big box stores. See our recipes page for more details.
Yes, but availability is limited. When she runs out of strawberries she quits making jam!
It is your choice if you want to continue picking, but if there is lightening we request that you come in from the field.
To grow and sell high quality strawberries while preserving the environment, serving the community and maintaining family values.
We grow the best possible produce using mainly manual labor. We serve the environment by using sheep and cover crops to replenish our soil instead of chemicals, and by using drip irrigation instead of overhead sprinklers to conserve water. We donate our first fruits to the Willmar Food Shelf and Meals on Wheels as a Bible lesson for our children and an act of faith to the One who provides. At the end of the harvest we choose people to ‘glean’ free from the field as Ruth did in Boaz’ field. Every aspect of fieldwork becomes a lesson to our children and our employees of trust in the Great Provider.
“May the Lord bless this land with the precious dew from heaven above and with the deep waters that lie below; 14with the best the sun brings forth and the finest the moon can yield; 15with the choicest gifts of the ancient mountains and the fruitfulness of the everlasting hills; 16with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness and the favor of him who dwelt in the burning bush.” Deuteronomy 33:13-16
In a nutshell:
2. Come get U-pick or pre-picked local strawberries!
You are connecting with faith, farm and family! You are a local hero!