Celebrating 55 years of Pick-Your-Own Strawberries!
The last day for U-Pick Strawberries will be June 29th. Please Like our Facebook Page for the most current information.
Visit our strawberry patch on Old Amherst Rd. in Sunderland and check in at the farm stand. You can bring your own container, or purchase one from us.
Currently, our U-Pick Strawberries are $2.00 per pound.
Join us for Strawberry Fest for a fun day at the strawberry fields!
We are sometimes asked if our U-Pick strawberries are organic. The short answer is no, our U-Pick strawberries are not certified USDA Organic. There are many issues that weigh in our decision making for growing practices across the farm ranging from environmental to economic.
Sustainable growing practices are very important to us, which is why we grow over 20 acres of Certified Organic produce and continue to convert more of our land into organic production. In some instances, we feel that Integrated Pest Management is a better solution to pest and disease issues. This is the case in our U-Pick fields, which are unavoidably trampled and ravaged throughout the season as a result of welcoming the public to pick in our fields. The main threat to our strawberries are fungal diseases and certain insects, and we occasionally have to consider carefully timed low-residue chemical applications. The products we use do not persist in the environment (in fact, they photo-degrade within hours!) and have a minimal effect on the natural enemies of the pests we try to control.
We are not currently equipped to grow organic berries for PYO, but we do grow about 2 acres of Organic strawberries for our farmer’s markets and for wholesale customers, including River Valley Market in Northampton. If you are interested in ordering a flat (8 quarts) of Organic strawberries directly from the farm, you can contact our wholesale manager at 413-665-8331. Please call for the current price.
More about IPM:
The objective of IPM is not to eliminate all pests but to prevent pest populations from reaching damaging levels. Inspection and monitoring are the backbone of an IPM program, where the goal is to detect and correct conditions that can lead to pest problems before they occur. We have an IPM consultant scout our fields weekly for pests and diseases, using traps set in all our fruit and corn fields. As a first line of defense against damaging insects, predator insects are released into the field. Often, this release is effective in keeping damaging insects in check. Spraying is only done when a pest or disease reaches a level that could seriously harm the crop. Crop rotation is another effective practices we employ to keep our soils healthier so we can produce better crops. As Farmer Mike is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Stockbridge Program, he has been able to use his knowledge of chemistry and biology in choosing responsible methods for growing that protect our crops, our land, and the people we feed.