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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 or pumpkin patch. 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, apples ripen at all different times of the year. 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 wandering around all the equipment.  We are a working farm and have big equipment to help us do our jobs more efficiently. 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 will not be letting customers pick through the bushels to bag their own. 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.  This year we will also be selling quarts for people who only want a few apples/pears.  We have also added more registers to help speed up the check out process.  Please note that while we will be trying our hardest, our sales room is small.  If possible please limit the amount of people from your group that go inside the sales room at one time so it won’t get as crowded.Thank you for understanding and respecting our farm policies. 

    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.

    What is our mask policy?  Since we are in an open air market and not an enclosed building we will be doing the same thing we did for strawberry season and letting you as an individual decide if you would like to wear a mask or not.  Thank you for your kindness and understanding.

    During strawberry season we had issues with people throwing their used masks and gloves on the ground.  Please help us keep the farm clean and the wildlife safe by putting your trash in either your car, or in a garbage can.  Thank you!

    Our busiest days generally tend to be Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  If you would like to avoid the larger crowds please come during the week. Our hours are 7 days a week in September-October from 9am-6pm, starting in November our hours will change to 9am-5pm. Please note that we stop letting pick your own customers go down in the orchard/pumpkin patch 30 minutes before we close.
    If there are any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. 

  • 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)

    This farm is the home of our personal dogs are we had to get them 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!

    https://www.village.thiensville.wi.us/Facilities/Facility/Details/2

    https://www.ci.mequon.wi.us/parks/page/lemke-park

    http://www.village.germantown.wi.us/Facilities/Facility/Details/Friedenfeld-Park-4

  • The corn maze is $5.00 per person, children 4 and under are free.

    Rules are as followed:

    Please stay on the path, do not cut through the corn.

    No throwing or picking corn.

    No alcohol

    No smoking, vaping or open flames!!  The corn is dry and would be very easy to start on fire.

    No alcohol.

    Please be respectful of others.

    Anyone who is found to be disobeying these rules will be asked to leave immediately without a refund.  Thank you for your understanding!

  • Anyone entering the beer garden under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

    We will be carding everyone!  Please have your valid photo ID ready when you place your order.

    No alcohol carry ins.

    All drinks must stay in the beer garden area.  The permit we have is very strict on this and we don’t want to lose our license.  If you bring your drink outside of the area you will be asked to dump it out.

    No smoking or vaping within 50 feet of the beer garden.

    Please clean up after yourself.

    If you do not follow our rules, you will be asked to leave.  Thank you for your cooperation.

    The Beer Garden will be open September-October on Fridays 12-6, Saturdays 12-7 and Sundays 12-6pm, weather permitting.  Since this is outside if it is raining…or snowing…we may close early.  Thank you for your understanding.

     

  • 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)

  • Cash is preferred but we do accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and debit cards!

  • 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 sue@barthelfruitfarm.com 

    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!  We do not offer hayrides, petting zoo, ect.

  • 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 and due to changing insurance policies, 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

    and  https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/mating-disruption

    For information on organic vs conventional please see this article from Scientific American

    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/science-sushi/httpblogsscientificamericancomscience-sushi20110718mythbusting-101-organic-farming-conventional-agriculture/

    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.