We are happy to offer the public the chance to pick their own fruit. In the right seasons, our patches are open anytime our store is open: Sunday 12:00 - 6:00 pm and Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm. Groups are always welcome!
We've researched and planted several varieties of strawberries in our 2 acre patch to ensure that we have red, ripe delicious berries all season long! Picking runs approximately May 3 through June 19, but the season will vary every year as the warmth of the days ripens the fruit.
Grab some friends, some comfy clothes and spend some time on the farm!
We have a 2 lbs. Minimum per transaction, but trust us, you'll want to pick more than that!
1-9 lbs: $2.99 lb
10-19 lbs: $2.79 lb
20+ lbs: $2.59 lb
How to Pick Strawberries
Strawberry picking is most successful when the picker applies some minor technique to their picking.
For the best flavor, choose berries that are fully ripe. This means that there are no white shoulders and they are completely red.
1. Hold the stem of the strawberry at about one half of an inch above the berry between your thumbnail and index finger while cradling the fruit in your palm.
2. Sever the stem sever the stem with pressure from your thumbnail while slightly twisting the stem.
3. Allow the strawberry (including the cap and stem) gently roll down into your palm. If you are ambidextrous, use your other hand for strawberry picking at the same time using the same procedure.
4. Repeat step three until both palms are full of strawberries.
5. Gently place your handfuls of picked strawberries into your chosen container. Don’t press the strawberries or heap them over five inches.
6. Repeat the entire process until you have picked all the ripe berries on the plant you're picking from then move to the next plant. Working down the row and picking the plant clean of red berries, big and small, will allow you to accomplish your strawberry picking goals faster!
General Picking Tips
Strawberries are on the ground so get down with them! The best picking happens when you are sitting, crouching or on your knees.
Move the leaves around. Find those berries that are super ripe that no one else has bothered to look for. The riper the berry, the sweeter the flavor.
If you find an overripe berry, pick it and throw it to the middle of the path. We can get rid of it easier and it won't deceive other pickers who are looking for the bestest tastiest berries!
We have 1/4 of an acre planted just to Blackberry bushes. These are thornless plants so they are a pleasure to pick from!
Big, plump berries are ready July 7-August 23. Ask us for the best places to pick each day as the Britt children have been known to snag a few berries every morning for their breakfast!
We have a 1 lb. minimum on blackberry picking
1-9 lbs: $3.99 lb
10-19 lbs: $3.79 lb
20+ lbs: $3.59 lb
How to Pick Blackberries
1. A ripe blackberry is deep black with a plump, full feel. It will pull free from the plant with only a slight tug. If the berry is red or purple, it's not ripe yet.
2. Repeat these operations using both hands until each holds 3 or 4 berries.Unlike strawberries, blackberries are usually pretty tough, I dump mine into the bucket. Repeat the picking process with both hands.
3. Don't overfill your containers or try to pack the berries down.
General Picking Tips
Pick only the berries that are fully black. Reach in between the stems to grab for hidden berries ready for harvest. Bend down and look up into the plant and you'll find loads of berries that other people missed!
Avoid placing the picked berries in the sunlight any longer than necessary. It is better to put them in the shade of a tree than in the car trunk or on the car seat. Cool them as soon as possible after picking. Blackberries may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week, depending upon the initial quality of the berry. After a few days in storage, however, the fruit loses its bright color and fresh flavor and tends to shrivel.