ORGANIC STRAWBERRY U-PICK
Due to a total loss of plants and crop failure in 2018, our u-pick will be closed for the next two years. We are so thankful for the support of our loyal customers over the years and we hope to see you again soon.
MONDAY TO FRIDAY - 10am to 8pm
SATURDAY & SUNDAY - 10am to 5pm
OUR PICKING DAYS ARE OFTEN UNPREDICTABLE. CALL 506.626.0057 BEFORE COMING TO KNOW OUR NEXT PICKING DAY OR MORE ABOUT THE PICKING CONDITIONS
2,50 $ / LB
U-Pick Etiquette :-)
-Janet Wallace, Saltscape Magazine, December/January
To be great u-pick customers, they encourage the following:
Respect the posted opening times. « We open at ten in the morning » says Kevin, « so the berries are dry and because we have other work to do before then ». Having people come earlier disrupts their work and can harm the plants.
Pick at the designated spots. They tell people where to pick. Instead, people often pick on their way to the designated spot. The result is that berries at the end of the rows never get picked and end up rotting.
Pick all the berries. Don’t just pick the largest berries. If you do that, the smaller berries will end up unpicked and rotten.
Don’t mention the weeds. « It’s an organic u-pick » says Kevin « we have weeds. We know we have weeds. People don’t need to be telling us that we should be pulling all the weeds ».
Understand the seasonal cycle. At the beginning of the season, there are some unripe berries. At the end of the season, some berries may be rotting. That’s the way it goes. To avoid much of this, Kevin and Rebeka plant five varieties: two early, two late and one mid-season. At the beginning and the end of the season, the u-pick is closed and they just pick berries for markets or orders.
Appreciate the work. At times, they pick berries for custom orders but this is a huge favour. « We can’t » explains Kevin, « guarantee that we can give people the variety that they want when they want it ».
Stick to the u-pick. Vegetables grow in the field next to the berries but that doesn’t mean that the farmers can easily pick vegetables for a custom order. It’s no efficient, for example, to leave the u-pick to go to the garden to harvest one bunch of carrots. The farmers have developed an efficient harvesting system that does not include single orders.
As for eating berries, Rebeka says « people think that eating berries is a faux pas but that’s the thing I care about the least. I expect people to taste a few berries as they pick and no one expects kids to leave here with a clean face ».