Orr’s Pick-Your-Own Strawberries
Approximate Harvest Dates:
Closed for 2022
2022 Strawberry Update:
Our strawberry patch will be closed to the public for 2022, except for our scheduled strawberry field trips.
The nursery that we had preordered our thousands of plant plugs from for our August 2021 planting, called the week before we were to receive them and said the plants had a disease and they didn’t know if we wanted them. We consulted specialists on the disease who advised us to not receive the plants. Apparently the Chandler variety we’ve always grown is very susceptible to this disease. We tried to find replacement plugs from another nursery, of any variety, but with only one week’s notice we were unable to get our fall planting in.
We were able to get around 40,000 plants in this April of 2022 and planted them all. We were hopeful they would take off and produce at least something for our customers to pick, but unfortunately we see that they are not moving quickly enough and won’t be able to be harvested for 2022.
What About Prepicked in the Farm Market?
We do have a couple patches that we will open just for our scheduled field trips at this time. We also will pick these patches to sell in our farm market.
Thank you all for your support and we hope to service you in our store for strawberries! Sorry to disappoint on the pick-your-own but we hope to have some beautiful berries in the store.
How To Pick Strawberries
With the strawberry lightly in your hand, grasp the stem just above the berry and pinch with your thumb and index finger, pull with a slight twist. Never pull or tug on the berries.
- Pick only ripe berries! They are one of the only fruits that do not continue to ripen after they are picked.
- Size is not an important characteristic. Small red berries taste just as good, if not better than large red berries. Again, color is the most important quality to look for.
- Strawberries like to hide! Be sure to look deep in the center of the plants for hidden red strawberries.
- Do not pick flowers or green berries as this hurts the strawberry plants.
- The best berry picking is usually on the far end of the patch where fewer pickers venture. A little extra walking is usually worth the effort for easy, prime picking.
- All produce should be washed before eating at home. Please do not consume strawberries in the field.
- Please keep containers level full. Over-filling leads to smashed berries in the bottoms of your containers, plus some are wasted as they fall off the tops.
- Please do not walk-on or tear black plastic raised beds
- Children must be under adult supervision at all times.
- When you get home…cool your berries down as soon as possible after picking.
- Do not wash strawberries until right before you are ready to eat them.
- Orr’s Farm Market is kept clean for your enjoyment. Please do not leave trash in the fields. Wastebaskets are available for your convenience.
- NO PETS allowed in the strawberry patch (or on the farm) per food safety guidelines
- Restrooms Are Available
- Stop in Orr’s Farm Market to pick up other delicious items and COLD drinks!
Simply wash and drain well on paper towel. Place the berries in your freezer on a cookie sheet single layered. After frozen, move the berries into freezer tight containers or plastic bags and then place back in the freezer for long-term storage. The berries are good for up to 1 year in the freezer. Great for smoothies!