Most frequent questions and answers
The health of our employees and guests is extremely important to us.
- We will be monitoring employee health daily. Guests and employees may not come to the farm if they are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or have come in contact with an infected person.
- We will have extra contact-free hand-washing stations available for employees and guests. Hand-washing training has always been a big part of our employee training and protocols.
- Our Petting Zoo and wagon rides will be closed to allow for social distancing.
- Contact-free purchasing through on-line ordering will be available, along with curb-side pickup.
- Contact-free U-pick will be available through flat rate buckets. We will not allow any other packaging from home to be used to minimize staff and guest contact.
- Visitors to our farm will be directed to walk in a one-way loop around the farm to minimize contact.
- There will be a minimum amount of time between picking before a new person or family group may enter a row.
- Credit/debit cards will be encouraged to allow for contact-free transactions.
- 7 am-9 am will be “seniors-only”U-picking. We will place seniors every other row to allow for social distancing.
- We will follow recommended guidelines for masks and gloves at the time of the harvest.
- We have disinfection protocols for staff to regularly follow to sanitize high-contact surfaces such as doorknobs, taps, and porto-potties.
- All these decisions are subject to change. Stay healthy, stay safe, and plan to fill your freezer with locally-grown fruit that builds your immunity!
Yes! You can purchase pre-picked by the quart (little plastic bucket for $7.50) or by the flat (a tray about 10#, same as two ice cream buckets full; $45.00) on our farm. This year, due to Covid-19, you will be invited to pre-pay online or by phone, then come to the farm for drive-through service.
Pre-picked: We provide containers.
U-Pick: This year, due to Covid-19, we are asking you to bring your own ice cream buckets. This will allow for contact-less service! If you don’t have ice cream buckets, we will provide containers that have been carefully stored in a clean room.
Pre-Picked: 10# flat for $45.00 (this is about 2 heaping ice cream buckets)
or 1 quart for $7.50
U-Pick: Due to Covid-19, we are doing a flat rate of $14/ice cream bucket. This will allow for contact-less service! If you use one of our containers, price is $2.49/#.
*Prices subject to change
We take payment in cash, checks or credit/debit cards. Due to Covid-19, we prefer checks that you fill out as much as possible in advance, or credit/debit cards.
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 will likely have “seniors-only” hours first thing in the morning.
Due to Covid-19, we cannot use our wagon, or open our petting zoo in 2020. We hope and pray with you all that this pandemic ends!
We hope so! Due to Covid-19, children may be limited in the field in 2020. Subscribe to our email list or check Facebook, as I will update there when we know for certain. You will make priceless memories when you take your children to our farm and let them ‘help’ you! We hope that this pandemic doesn’t take that away from you!
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. We are involved in a 3 year Sustainable Agriculture Study with the Department of Agriculture. Our goal is to determine if grazing sheep and cover crops can provide all the nutrients needed in the soil by our strawberry plants. You can read updates on this study in our blog.
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:)
2020: We will do our best to help you succeed, but due to Covid-19, we are limited in how we can help you. There is no wagon this year. There is a handicapped-accessible mini-biff available by the play area.
Any other year: 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.
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 delight our guests with sweet strawberries and a farm experience!
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!
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