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Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • 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). Sorry for any inconvenience, we are not happy about it either.

    This farm is the home of our personal dogs and 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.

     

     

  • 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!  Due to raising fees we do have a $5.00 minimum on all credit card purchases.  Thank you for your understanding.

  • If you are coming during apple season 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    If you do come when we are open to the public you must still purchase a bag for picking if you would like to go into the orchard.  Due to having issues in the past with people only picking produce for the pictures, and then throwing it on the ground when finished, we do require everyone who goes in the orchard to purchase something. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • 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

  • Yes we do!

     

    If you would like to purchase a gift card during our off season, please email sue@barthelfruitfarm.com