* 2023 Strawberry crop badly damaged by May 18 freeze. No berries expected until late June, PYO unlikely to open this year.
June is strawberry season at Upinngil. We’ve been growing strawberries for over 20 years. Every year we grow 2-3 acres for pick-your-own and farm stand sales. Strawberries are Upinngil’s single biggest crop, and it all gets harvested in 3 short crazy weeks. Our crew picks every morning rain or shine and the first flats come out of the field and onto the farm stand by 10am. PYO availability is posted regularly on our homepage and twitter feed during 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 will thrive for another year and when we plant a new field, to help the plants get established in preparation for fruiting the following spring. We monitor for tarnished plant bug and boytritis in May when the plants are blooming and may choose to spray if pest pressure is high. The 2022 crop did not receive this treatment.