Pick-Your-Own Strawberries at Coulson Ridge Farm

Strawberry Information for 2020 Pick Your Own Season (Updated June 25 12:00 pm)

PYO Strawberries are now CLOSED for the season.

 

 

 

 

 

If you have been in contact with anyone with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 or if you are sick or feeling un-well, PLEASE REMAIN AT HOME.       

New empty 3L baskets will be provided for picking into.  

PYO strawberry price is $10 / 3L basket

Payment methods accepted for PYO are cash or Debit.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will berries start?

We plan to open for limited PYO strawberries the morning of Monday, June 22 at 8:00-12:00  (weather and berries permitting)   

Where are you located?
Our strawberries and raspberries are grown at our Coulson Ridge Farm (82 Horseshoe Valley Road - between line 7 and line 8 - see map below)

What are your hours going to be this year?
This year we are planning to be open 8-12 Mon to Sat for the first week (weather and berry supply permitting).  

After that we are hoping to extend hours into the afternoon and/or evening picking.   

At this point in time we are planning on closing the berry patch on Sundays.  

Please keep in mind that these hours are subject to change as the berry season approaches

How much are PYO Strawberries?
Price $10 / 3L basket (new empty baskets will be provided for you to pick into)   

Are there washroom facilities in the field?
We will have public washrooms in the berry patch this year.   These washrooms will be sanitized on a regular basis but not between every person using them.   

Are there wagon rides available to the fields?
No.  Everyone is expected to drive their own vehicles to the fields.

Are there picnic facilities in the field?
No.  

How will you be managing physical distancing this year?
All rows in our berry patch are assigned to pickers by staff members who are going to be tasked with making sure everyone stays 2m apart.  Please follow their instructions.  

We will be placing pickers on alternate rows in the field instead of every row like we would in a normal year.   In order to make it easier for us to manage crowds we are asking that everyone try to limit the number of pickers from your household to 1 or 2 people if possible.   

During very busy times you may be expected to wait along the edge of the field while we try to get everyone properly separated.   

In addition, we are providing all recommended PPE for our staff and protective screens at the checkout.    Anyone who refuses to follow physical distancing while in the patch will be asked to leave.

Are your berries organic?
No.   On our farm we use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) instead.  This means that while we do have chemicals on hand if they are needed we try very hard to avoid needing to use them through prevention methods such as cultivation, weeding, growing varieties that are more disease resistant, etc.  

Are your berries GMO’s (genetically modified organisms)?
No.   None of the produce we grow are GMO’s 

Can we bring children or pets to the field?
Children are still able to come to the field this year.  However, since we are going to be enforcing physical distancing in the patch all children must stay with thier parents/guardians at all times.   

Pets are not allowed into the berry patch and customers are encouraged to leave them at home instead of leaving them in vehicles (working animals exempt but will need to remain outside the berry field).

Can we bring our own containers for picking?
NO.  This year you will not be able to bring your own containers.  New ones will be provided at the field for picking.

How long does the season last?
A typical berry season in this area lasts for 3-4 weeks depending on weather.   Pick your own usually lasts for 2-3 weeks.

Can you accommodate Bus Groups?
No, we are not set up to accommodate buses in our fields.    

I don't want to Pick My Own... can I buy them already picked?
Yes, we will have fresh-picked berries daily (weather permitting) at the market shop, next to the greenhouses (596 Horseshoe Valley Road) once the season starts!  Price TBD