June is strawberry season at Upinngil. We expect the 2018 season to begin around June 10th. We’ve been growing strawberries for over 20 years. Every year we grow 2-3 acres for pick-your-own and farm stand sales. That’s a lot of berries. It’s Upinngil’s single biggest crop, and it all gets harvested in 3 short crazy weeks. The pick-your-own patch opens most mornings at 8am. We have excellent picking, thanks to careful field management. The morning always starts with picking in a fresh spot loaded with fruit. If you aren’t interested in getting your knees dirty we also have a crew of people out picking quarts for the farm stand every morning. The first flats come out of the field and onto the farm stand by 9am.
The strawberry patch is located 1/4 mile south of the farm store on Main Road. You will see a big Upinngil sign with strawberries on it. If the green gate is open, drive on down to the field. An attendant will greet you there. We provide cardboard picking trays and quart baskets. Cost is by weight. We can accept cash or check in the field, if you wish to pay with a credit card you may do so by visiting the farm store after you pick. Families are welcome, though we ask that children are taught to respect the fruit. “Sampling” is permitted. After picking we encourage you to come back to the farm store to visit the animals, get a cold drink, and relax at the picnic tables.
Check our twitter feed (right side) for current updates about the season. You may also call the farm. In order to always have fresh picking available every morning, we sometimes may close the patch for picking in the late morning or afternoon, depending on the season.
Our berries are sustainably managed in perennial beds. They are IPM and low spray. We never “beauty spray” the fruit. They are perfectly safe to eat out of hand or in the field without washing. We use herbicides to kill weeds after the fruiting season in July when we renovate the beds, so that our perennial plantings with thrive for another year. And when we plant a new field, to help the plants get established in preparation for fruiting the following spring.