Hello friends, a couple of important things to let you know about this evening.
The short version.
- The PYO Strawberry patch got picked very cleanly today. With that and a rain chance tomorrow we’ve decided to keep the PYO patch closed tomorrow, May 5th, to let the berries do some ripening.
- The Farm Store will be open tomorrow, May 5th, from 8 a.m. till 5:30 p.m.
- Just a friendly reminder to always check the “Currently at the Farm” area on the home page of our website before coming out to pick, we’ll update any changes here first
The longer version.
We’ve been hearing from some farmer friends of ours who are in a little warmer climate and were able to open earlier than us, that the demand for strawberries has been extremely high this year. Although our PYO patch opened only today, we are pretty certain that it’s going to be the same here.
Unfortunately that means that the day to day schedule this year may be a bit more fluid than in years past. While we plan, in general, to be open from 8 a.m. till 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, that just may not be the case across the board this year.
With switching to volume pricing this year (for a bunch of reasons, largely to help keep contact/exposure down and simply things) we need to make sure we have plenty of berries ripe for you to pick. We really don’t want our customers feeling like they need to pick green berries to fill their buckets.
Communicating the need to shut down the PYO patch early towards the end of a busy day, when things get picked out, is pretty complicated. The simplest solution we’ve come up with so far is to as soon as we know something is changing, make the tweak in the “Currently at the Farm” area on the home page of our website – here is the link again – I guess this is just a friendly reminder to please check there before you come out to pick…
Finally, we’re extremely sorry if your plans for tomorrow just got changed. We’re talking about ways to try to handle things better (shorter hours, fewer days per week, etc), but as of now we haven’t come up with anything better than planning for normal hours and changing things as we need to…
Unfortunately strawberries don’t like waiting around. When there are ripe strawberries to be picked we need to be open…
Thanks for your patience!