Great Valley Berry Patch -
Frequently Asked Questions:

What should I bring when I pick?

        Water, sunscreen and bug spray for sure.  Picking vessels if you would like.  We have new ones available for sale at the stand but if you have buckets, pots, colanders, baskets, etc of your own that you would prefer to pick in, be sure to bring them with you (just make sure to have us weigh them first).  We have picnic tables dispersed throughout the farm, so feel free to bring a picnic lunch or snacks with you, we just request that you not leave any garbage in the fields.  

Do you allow pets in your fields?

       I’m sorry but we do not allow pets into the fields.  

When is (insert produce name here) ready?

        While it really depends on the weather, the average year looks something like this:
   Summer Strawberries: Second week of June to the second week of July
    Summer Raspberries:  First week of July to the end of July         
    Blueberries:  Middle of July to September
    Fall Strawberries: Middle of August to middle of September
    Fall Raspberries:  Middle of August until frost
    Peas: Early July to end of July
    Beans: Late July to late August
    Corn: Late July to early September
    Potatoes: July til sold out
    Garlic: July til sold out
    Tomatoes and Peppers: Late July to September
    Eggplant: July to September

Do you spray?

     Depends on the produce you are asking about.  We are not organic.  We consider ourselves minimalist.   We spray as infrequently as we can.  This means, instead of doing a preventative spray “just in case”, we monitor each field for problems and treat on a case by case basis.  Some years this means no sprays are necessary, some years they are.  It all depends on the weather really.  Just ask at the fruit stand what that means for the crop you are looking to pick.  

What’s that weird plant growing in the field I picked in last year?

    As we said, we try to use as few sprays as possible.  That crop is a special kind of mustard that helps us do that.  When it rots down in the soil, it acts as what is called a “biofumigant.” As it breaks down, it releases a chemical that destroys diseases and weed seeds that exist in the soil.  This essentially cleans the soil of any nasty things left behind from years of strawberry growth without us needing to spray.  

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