Frequently Asked Questions
Things will be a slightly different this year. So, how are we enforcing social distancing for pick your own? When you first come down our driveway you will see a sign that says “sales room stay left” and “pick your own stay right” For pick your own you will stay in your car and drive to where the sign says “pick your own stop here”. Our staff will then come to your car, tell you what we are picking, give you the bags to pick into and directions on where to go. We ask that you please respect our staff, whether adult or child, as they direct you. This is for everyone’s safety, including yours! We will also ask that you only pick with the people you drove with. This will help us with having large gatherings in the orchard. Once you are out in the orchard please just distance yourselves from others who are also picking. We want everyone to have a great and relaxing time! When you are finished picking you will load up everything you picked in your car. (you have to pay for everything you pick, please remember every piece of fruit is a farmers paycheck) Then you will drive back up to the front where you checked in and pay outside by the white tent. Please be honest and show our staff everything that you picked.
There will be large areas of the orchard roped off. DO NOT ENTER those areas. We have these areas roped off for 2 big reasons. First, the fruit on many of those trees won’t be ripe and they won’t taste good. But secondly, and most importantly, our staff is working in there. They need their space and it can be very dangerous for people to just be wondering around all the equipment. We are a working farm and have big equipment to help us do our jobs. We have lifts that our staff picks on and when they are in the trees clear visibility can be difficult and we don’t want any adult or child getting hurt by accident. Thank you for understanding and for respecting our property and our staff.
How are we enforcing social distancing for in the sales room? In the sales room we have rearranged things so that our staff will not be to close to the customers. We also ask that you are aware of your surroundings and keep yourself distanced from other customers. All apples will be pre-bagged. We work very hard to guarantee the quality of our produce and our staff does a wonderful job making sure once the fruit is in the bags they are up to par. We will also not be using any bushel baskets, or taking any baskets back. If you would like to purchase a full bushel of apples you will just grab 2 1/2 bushel bags. Please note that we will be trying our hardest but our sales room is small. If possible please limit the amount of people from your group that go into the sales room at one time so it won’t get as crowded. Thank you for understanding.
Can children still come? Absolutely! We just ask that you are extra mindful of their whereabouts and keep them close to you. Other customers need their space too! Thank you for your cooperation.
What forms of payment will you be taking? We still prefer cash as payment but we also accept all credit and debit cards.
Will your bakery still be open? Yes! Just please be respectful of those waiting in line and remember to distance yourselves.
If there are any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
Cash is preferred but we do accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and debit cards!
No, the government just passed a new food safety law that strictly forbids domesticated animals on a farm unless they are working animals. (please see the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, for more details)
Our dogs are classified as working animals, but they are no longer allowed inside the buildings or in the fields during harvest.
You are allowed one or two samples to taste. You are not allowed to eat as many as you would like. Please remember this produce is the farmers paycheck and how we stay in business and pay our employees. Purchasing food at a farm is no different here than if you were buying it at a grocery store. Grocery stores do not allow eating all you want before paying. Thank you for your understanding.
No. We are a working farm and our family lives here. For these reasons and for everyone’s safety we cannot have people just walking around the orchard when we are not open for pick your own. Thank you for respecting our property and our posted business hours. Here are some links for some nice nearby parks that you could enjoy a walk through!
No. During strawberry season we provide you with boxes to pick into. Our scales are set minus the weight of the box so you are only charged for the weight of your berries, never the container.
Apple season we provide you with bags. You have the option of picking either a 1 peck size bag (about 10 pounds) or a half bushel bag (about 20 pounds)
If you are coming with just a small group of people/family you do not need to make a reservation or call ahead. If you would like to bring a school group, daycare, have a company picking party, ect please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry for any inconvenience but we are no longer taking reservations for school groups, daycare, ect. during strawberry season.
We have the option to pick your own apples and pumpkins and also a corn maze!
Yes! The strawberries and peas are easy for a child of any age to pick. During the fall, our apple trees have plenty of apples that hang low enough for a child to pick themselves. And they can spend as long as they would like to search for the “perfect” pumpkin in the patch. Please be mindful of their whereabouts and keep them close to you as there can be a lot of traffic and please have respect for the other customers that are picking as well. Thank you for your cooperation
No we do not, but if you want to enter the orchard you must purchase a bag for picking and you have to pay for everything that you pick. We do not allow people to just go into the orchard to take pictures/wander around if there is no intention on purchasing anything. Thank you for your understanding.
No, it is roped off because the fruit on the trees and/or field is not ripe. We also may be working in these areas. For your safety, and for the safety of our staff, please abide by the signs. The ripening fruit thanks you!
No we do not.
Sorry, but due to this being a working farm for your safety and our staffs we cannot have people in the orchard when we are closed. Thank you for your understanding.
A peck bag of apples is about 10 pounds, or 1/4 of a bushel.
All fruit is sprayed, even organic. We practice a method called Integrated Pest Management. IPM is a decision-making process that utilizes all available pest management strategies to prevent economically damaging pest outbreaks. Utilizing this program has allowed us to greatly minimize spray and environmental effects associated with pest management practices and grow safe food. Also, in 2020 we started a program called mating disruption in addition to IPM. This will continue to helped us reduce our spraying even more!
For more detailed information please visit: https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/integrated-pest-management-ipm-principles
For information on organic vs conventional please see this article from Scientific American
or from Our World in Data https://ourworldindata.org/is-organic-agriculture-better-for-the-environment
No, I’m sorry we do not. I recommend Minors Garden center in Brown Deer, they have a large selection of fruit trees to purchase.
No, I’m sorry we do not.
Yes we do! You can either pick your own off the ground for a discounted price, or get them from inside the barn (pre picked deer apples are a limited supply, first come, first serve). We also appreciate it if you bring your own containers to transfer the deer apples into. Thank you!
In the fall our store will always remain open. If it is lightening we will not allow people to pick their own.
In the summer we will remain open during light rain but will close if there is threatening weather or lightning. If in doubt, please call before coming out. 262.242.2737
Strawberry season hours can change daily based on the weather, how many people come out to pick, and how quickly the berries ripen. Please either call 262-242-2737, check our website or our Facebook page daily for current hours and before you drive out. Please respect the posted business hours as our family lives and works here.