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In this episode we talk about some things we are considering doing different this year due to the coronavirus. This will likely be a pretty different Pick Your Own strawberry season from what we’ve been used to in the past, but if you can work with us we’ll try to do everything we can to be safe and follow all the proper guidelines.
Most years we can tell how advanced the Spring season is by how many people are asking about the PYO Strawberry patch. This year is no different… although it seems like everyone is a bit preoccupied (as they should be), we have definitely noticed an up tick in questions about the Strawberries.
We’re still a few weeks away, and weather could definitely swing things either way but at this point we’re looking at a mid to late April opening of the PYO patch. Today Lowell said something about the 25th, but again that could change either way depending on weather between now and then.
Obviously of high importance right now is operating the PYO patch in a way that is safe for everyone, and is as streamlined as possible to limit close proximity, as much as possible. We’re still working on the plans of what this looks like exactly, but here are some things we’re thinking about doing differently.
– To help limit exposure to outside/unknown variables we’ll likely require use of new buskets from here at the farm.
– To streamline the number of contact points we’re probably going to charge a flat fee per busket of strawberries (they hold right at 5 lbs).
– We’re going to have as many opportunities as we can for washing your hands. Hands should be washed before heading out to pick.
– Our rows are about 6 ft apart try to stay a safe distance away from other pickers.
– We love having families visit the farm, but we’ll probably recommend against planning to spend a lot of time during your visit.
– Please refrain from eating strawberries in the patch. Wait till you get home and wash your hands. 🙂
I know that all sounds kind of ominous… It’s not our intention to scare you, but we are taking this very seriously and want to do our best to provide a safe, enjoyable, streamlined opportunity to pick strawberries this Spring.
Till then we are open in the Farm Store and the tomatoes are loving this weather and mom just got a bunch of new jams & jellies stocked. If you do visit the Farm Store and someone else is here it’s probably a good idea to wait till they leave before heading inside.
As always thanks for your support… we’ll get through this together!
Stay safe everyone!