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U-pick on Monday June 21- lots of strawberries available


We will open the Strawberry patches for u-pick on Monday June 21 starting at 7 AM. This is the late part of the peak season- there are lots of berries that need picked tomorrow. The big patch way in the back has especially good picking now. This is the second week of the season and the average berry size is dropping (this is normal) There are still some green berries left so I judge we will be picking on u-pick days for another 7-10 days. At that point of the season the patch goes into half price gleaning status for as long as there are small berries left.

Hours for u-pick are Monday starting
at 7 AM; Wednesday, start 2 PM (no morning picking on Wednesdays); Saturday, start 7 AM. This repeats through out the whole season. The patch closes when the berries are all picked or at 6 PM. Daniel

U-pick Saturday June 19- lots of berries to pick


We will open the Strawberry patches for u-pick on Saturday June 19 starting at 7 AM. This is the late part of the peak season- there are thousands of quarts of berries that need picked tomorrow and I do not expect the patch to be finished picked till later in the day. Come and help with this harvest, we need you and it is fun to pick them and to eat them. This is the second week of the season and the average berry size is dropping (this is normal) There are still some green berries left so I judge we will be picking some berries into the last week of June. Now is the time though for the best picking.

Hours for u-pick are Monday starting
at 7 AM; Wednesday, start 2 PM (no morning picking on Wednesdays); Saturday, start 7 AM. This repeats through out the whole season. The patch closes when the berries are all picked or at 6 PM.
When you arrive you do not need to stop at the stand to weigh your containers if you know the empty weight already. Also you do not need to stop if you are picking into standard Quart or gallon containers.
You have the option of bringing your own containers or buy empties from us.(Quart boxes 25 cents each or $20 per hundred. Gallon buckets $3 each.)
We will be using the same random picking pattern that we did last year. This means that you may start anyplace you wish in the patches that are open as long as you are not cutting in front of someone. It is mandatory that when you are picking that all the ripe berries are picked as you move ( No roaming or grazing type picking. A section of row must either be picked or not picked when you leave. We keep scouting the patch and suggesting where you will find good picking. Daniel

U-pick today- peak of season, Come and get them!


We will be open for u-pick this afternoon (Wed June 16) starting at 2 PM. This will be the peak picking for this year. Picking conditions are very good with thousands of quarts of berries to pick today. There are so many ripe berries that we will not be picked out quickly even if there is a large turnout. Come and get them! The sugar snap and shell peas are ready also ( this is exceptionally early) and there are a few bushels of early cauliflower and broccoli at the stand today along with some of the earliest of the new potatoes. Greenhouse cucumbers and tomatoes are becoming abundant- chard, spinach, beet greens and more, the stand is full of good food. Come and get it!

Hours for u-pick are Wednesday, start 2 PM (no morning picking on Wednesdays); Saturday, start 7 AM and Monday starting at 7 am. This repeats through out the whole season. The patch closes when the berries are all picked or at 6 PM.
When you arrive you do not need to stop at the stand to weigh your containers if you know the empty weight already. Also you do not need to stop if you are picking into standard Quart or gallon containers.
You have the option of bringing your own containers or buy empties from us.(Quart boxes 25 cents each or $20 per hundred. Gallon buckets $3 each.)
We will be using the same random picking pattern that we did last year. This means that you may start anyplace you wish in the patches that are open as long as you are not cutting in front of someone. It is mandatory that when you are picking that all the ripe berries are picked as you move ( No roaming or grazing type picking. A section of row must either be picked or not picked when you leave. We keep scouting the patch and suggesting where you will find good picking. Daniel

This is the peak of strawberry season


The next pickings are Monday June 14 starting at 7 AM and Wednesday starting 2 PM I just came in from scouting the fields and there are lots of ripe berries. Picking conditions will be very good. There are so many ripe berries to pick that I do not foresee that they will be all picked till later in the day (but one never knows). We are open rain or shine. ( We do need the rain very much)

The strawberries are ripening in a much more concentrated pattern then is common with a large portion of the berries looking like they will be ripe in the next week. The season of course will continue after that (there are still green berries) but this is not a year to procrastinate. Size and quantity will drop off quickly this year. It looks to me like we are in for an extremely intense and short season. Get your berries sooner rather than later.

Hours for u-pick are Monday starting
at 7 AM; Wednesday, start 2 PM (no morning picking on Wednesdays); Saturday, start 7 AM. This repeats through out the whole season. The patch closes when the berries are all picked or at 6 PM.
When you arrive you do not need to stop at the stand to weigh your containers if you know the empty weight already. Also you do not need to stop if you are picking into standard Quart or gallon containers.
You have the option of bringing your own containers or buy empties from us.(Quart boxes 25 cents each or $20 per hundred. Gallon buckets $3 each.)
We will be using the same random picking pattern that we did last year. This means that you may start anyplace you wish in the patches that are open as long as you are not cutting in front of someone. It is mandatory that when you are picking that all the ripe berries are picked as you move ( No roaming or grazing type picking. A section of row must either be picked or not picked when you leave. We keep scouting the patch and suggesting where you will find good picking. Daniel

Strawberries Galore! Next picking Saturday June 12


Strawberries Galore! Next picking Saturday June 12 starting at 7 AM. I just came in from scouting the fields and there are an enormous amount of ripening berries. Picking conditions will be very good. There are so many ripe berries to pick that I do not foresee that they will be all picked till late in the day (but one never knows). This is the early part of the peak season. They are ripening in a much more concentrated pattern than I am used to seeing with an estimated half of the berries out there showing color. It takes about a week from first color on a particular berry till it is ready for harvest. I judge that the peak of the season will be over the next seven days. The season of course will continue after that but this is not a year to procrastinate. It looks to me like we are in for an extremely intense and short season. Get your berries sooner rather than later.

Hours for u-pick are Monday starting
at 7 AM; Wednesday, start 2 PM (no morning picking on Wednesdays); Saturday, start 7 AM. This repeats through out the whole season. The patch closes when the berries are all picked or at 6 PM.
When you arrive you do not need to stop at the stand to weigh your containers if you know the empty weight already. Also you do not need to stop if you are picking into standard Quart or gallon containers.
You have the option of bringing your own containers or buy empties from us.(Quart boxes 25 cents each or $20 per hundred. Gallon buckets $3 each.)
We will do our best to spread groups apart in the field. I expect family/friend groups to stay together as much as is reasonable to allow for social distancing where it matters. NO DOGS in the field or stand areas. We will be using the same random picking pattern that we did last year. This means that you may start anyplace you wish in the patches that are open as long as you are not cutting in front of someone. It is mandatory that when you are picking that all the ripe berries are picked as you move ( No roaming or grazing type picking. A section of row must either be picked or not picked when you leave. We will be scouting the patch and kept suggesting where you will find good picking.
Pricing (u-pick) $4 per Quart if less than 8 quarts and $3.25 per quart if more than 8 quarts; $26 for 8 quart tray and $12.50 for 4 liquid quart buckets, water pitchers, bowls and other similar sized containers. All containers are expected to well filled but not heaped. We will adjust prices up or down as needed for over or under-filled containers. By the pound price is $2.20/# (limited to bigger containers or larger amounts); By using volume rather than weight when it makes sense we can bypass the stand for most of the berries and reduce congestion. Daniel

Strawberry season is now! Lots of picked berries today- u-pick tomorrow.


The strawberries are ripening much more quickly than I expected. We are opening for u-pick for the first picking of the season tomorrow afternoon (June 9,2021) starting at 2 pm. (No morning picking on Wednesday) There are many ripe berries out there- way more than would be expected for the first picking. This is an unusually early and quick start during a year that is unusual in many ways. Peter and Matthew just came back with 440 quarts of beautiful picked berries from some of the other no-spray growers that feed this stand. These berries are at the stand for sale this afternoon. We are overstocked with asparagus today. The heat also makes asparagus grow very fast. We cut the asparagus hard first thing in the morning yesterday. We cut it again after supper and there was about 8 inches of growth in 12 hours. Bulk asparagus is available for $3 per lb for the next few days. Get it now as it is soon time to end asparagus. There is a glorious patch of poppies and other wildflowers in the cover crop in front of the stand. We are continuing the free u-cut flowers policy that was last year. Be our guest and cut yourself a pretty bunch for the table or just take pictures. Poppies have a very short vase life but are so pretty for the moment they last. We will be continuing many of the changes from last year as they worked well. During busy times there will be an outside express checkout option for berries that are being bought by volume.

Hours for u-pick are Monday starting at 7 AM; Wednesday, start 2 PM (no morning picking on Wednesdays); Saturday, start 7 AM. This repeats through out the whole season. The patch closes when the berries are all picked or at 6 PM.
When you arrive you do not need to stop at the stand to weigh your containers if you know the empty weight already. Also you do not need to stop if you are picking into standard Quart or gallon containers.
You have the option of bringing your own containers or buy empties from us.(Quart boxes 25 cents each or $20 per hundred. Gallon buckets $3 each.)
We will do our best to spread groups apart in the field. I expect family/friend groups to stay together as much as is reasonable to allow for social distancing where it matters. NO DOGS in the field or stand areas. We will be using the same random picking pattern that we did last year. This means that you may start anyplace you wish in the patches that are open as long as you are not cutting in front of someone. It is mandatory that when you are picking that all the ripe berries are picked as you move ( No roaming or grazing type picking. A section of row must either be picked or not picked when you leave. We will be scouting the patch and kept suggesting where you will find good picking.
Pricing (u-pick) $4 per Quart if less than 8 quarts and $3.25 per quart if more than 8 quarts; $26 for 8 quart tray and $12.50 for 4 liquid quart buckets, water pitchers, bowls and other similar sized containers. All containers are expected to well filled but not heaped. We will adjust prices up or down as needed for over or under-filled containers. By the pound price is $2.20/# (limited to bigger containers or larger amounts); By using volume rather than weight when it makes sense we can bypass the stand for most of the berries and reduce congestion. Daniel

Strawberries are ripening!


We have 64 quarts of picked strawberries at the stand today @ $6.75 per quart. Theese berries are from Melvin Hoover’s farm. They smell wonderful and the flavor is rich and full. He is one of the local, no spray growers that feed this farm stand. He used season extension techniques to get a patch to ripen early.
Strawberries are ripening fast!. The fruit set is excellent with millions of green berries every where one looks. I am seeing quite a few red with green tips berries in the fields so I anticipate that we may be opening for the first u-pick day as soon as next Saturday (June 12) (This is still a tentative date. I will walk the fields midweek and write again about what I see).

An unusual aspect of this year is that there has been less than a month between the first harvest of asparagus and the first strawberries. This spread is usually about 6 weeks. Farming is an interesting and sometimes stressful occupation- It is always a little different and never boring Daniel

Things to come


In the coming weeks more produce will begin to be available. We have had some questions at the stand as to the availability of certain produce and would like to take a moment to address those questions. First and foremost strawberries are on everyone’s minds. The berries in the fields are on track for picking around mid june. Greens such as lettuce, spinach and kale are becoming more abundant. We are picking greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers now (Expect intermittent supply in the stand). Asparagus will continue to be harvested for the next couple of weeks.
As we come into summer, more produce will become available and we will do our best to provide updates as everything becomes available. The farm is in full swing and we look forward to the growing year.

Celebration of 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday


Come Celebrate with us! Occasion: Luke and Rachel Martin’s 50th wedding anniversary. Date/Time: June 6, 2021, Noon to 3 pm Location: 11 Needham Rd, Potsdam, NY Join us for a potluck lunch or just drop by to congratulate them. Your presence will be gift enough, however if you decide to give a gift, please keep in mind their stage in life and small house. Bring your own chair. Outdoor event: Masks are not required.

We plan to be in the fields back near our new house. Park at the farm stand area and walk back the gravel lane like you would be going to the strawberry fields.
Sunday morning we will also be having our normal church service at the farm stand house starting 9:30 am You are welcome to come worship with us. Daniel

Open Memorial Day


Spring has taken a short detour and we are seeing cooler temps this weekend. The fields are planted with everything that should be planted now. Part of having a steady supply of produce through the whole season means that we continue to plant throughout most of the summer. Veggies in the greenhouse are getting closer to being harvested and the strawberries are healthy with a nice fruit set. The stand is stocked with Asparagus for the holiday weekend. We have a selection of greens and herbs available as well along with tomatoes from Nathan Zimmermans greenhouse. In addition to Meier’s Cheese we have also added Eden Coffee to the stands wares. It is a good daily drinking coffee (for those of us who drink coffee) and we are receiving positive feedback from customers. A reminder that we are open Memorial Day, and for anyone looking for larger orders of Asparagus please call ahead so that we can have the order bunched and ready to reduce waiting time.