What happens if I don't show up? If you are unable to pick up your berries on the date and time you scheduled for, please call us and let us know. We can usually keep them in the walk-in cooler, for a small charge. If you need to cancel a pre-pick or a u-pick reservation, 24 hours notice is greatly appreciated. This way we can make the berries available to others.
What is the price difference between pre-pick and u-pick? The u-pick price for 2012 is $2.55/ pound. This puts a 20 pound box at $51 (about $3.60 a quart). The pre-pick prices are $67 ($3.35/ pound) for a 20 pound box (about $4.69/qt), $36 ($3.60/ pound) for a ten pound box (about $5/qt), and $20.50 ($4.10/lb) for a 5 pound box (about $5.75/qt).
How long does it take to pick berries? What is the process? It usually takes a liesurely hour and a half to two hours for a small group of people to pick and sort a twenty pound box. This includes a 5-15 minute walk out to the berry field we are picking in, hand raking the berries, walking back and using the sorting machine. This process can take much longer on the weekends due to waits for the rakes and sorting machines (see above question on weekend PYO hours). Most people enjoy planning for some additional time to walk the land and enjoy the views.
I am coming with an elder who isn't able to walk far to harvest berries. Can you accomodate us? We save some picking closer to the house and parking area for folks who cannot walk as far. This usually would mean a 3-5 minute walk. Please feel free to call ahead the day or two before you are coming to see if we still have this picking available.
What happens if it rains on my picking or pick-up day? We do shut down in heavy rains and thunderstorms because wet harvesting conditions make for mushy berries. If this happens, we will call and rescedule a different pick-up/picking date, if there are still slots available. In this scenario, we do our best to accomodate.
I signed up for the fourth week. Will I get my berries? The fourth week is seen by us as a waiting list week. On a good year, we may still have berries available the fourth week, but we are not cerain about harvesting this week. While we do our best every year to predict yield, and schedule pre-orders and u-pick times accordingly, mother nature has the final say and it is a difficult art to gauge how many berries are really in the field. Unfortunately, we can not guarantee your berries for any week of the season, but we encourage folks to sign up for the earliest time possible to have the best chance of getting berries.
Can berries be frozen or flash-frozen for me? We do not have the facilities to flash-freeze berries. If we have freezer space, we may be able to freeze your berries for a $2 fee per box.