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Growing Fruit Since 1840

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • 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 is the product we sell and the money we make from this product is what the farm needs to pay our employees and to continue growing fruit in the future. 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.  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 sue@barthelfruitfarm.com

  • Other than the option to pick your own, we do not.

  • 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 keep your children close to you as there can be a lot of traffic and please have respect for the other customers that are picking as well.

  • No we do not, but you do have to pay for everything that you pick.

  • No we do not.

  • Yes, but please email Sue at sue@barthelfruitfarm.com to set up a time and date.

  • 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.

    For more information please visit:  https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/integrated-pest-management-ipm-principles

  • 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.