Fortunately, the orchard doesn’t care about COVID-19. Fruit is still growing and we want you to help pick it, but also want to keep you and all of us safe. So, we’re going to do PYO a little differently this year (like just about everything else!)
- Please don’t crush the baby blueberry bushes! Last winter, we planted replacement blueberry bushes for ones that had died. They are very small and very fragile. They will be marked with orange marking tape or flags to make sure you can see them.
- PYO is by the bucket this year. To avoid high touch areas, money handling and congestion, PYO is by-the-bucket. We have two sizes of buckets: Large and Small. The large bucket is ventilated and holds 5-6 pounds of blueberries. It costs $18. The small bucket holds 1.5 pounds of blueberries and costs $6.
- You will be assigned a section of the berry patch which does not overlap with another group. Please don’t cross rows to pick the other side of a bush you’re working on unless it’s in your section. Please be considerate of the people in the sections next to you. This will also keep areas from getting overpicked.
- Groups are limited to 5 people. If you have more than 5 people, you can sign up for two rows. Please use the same email to sign up so I can put you next to each other. The rows you are assigned are based on the number and size of buckets you hope to fill.
- Please don’t bring pets! For the health and safety of your pets, our farm animals and other pickers, please leave pets at home.
- Sign-ups are posted when berries are available. There is also the possibility that we will have to cancel picking on a day that has already been scheduled since the weather affects ripening. Those people will have first choice for the next week. We are being very conservative in our sign-up slots to try to avoid this problem.
- You will be out in nature. There are bugs and scratchy weeds. It is a good idea to wear closed-toe shoes and have bug spray available. There is little shade so sunscreen and a hat are a good idea. If you are pestered in one area of the blueberry patch by stinging insects, please let us know so we can determine if there is a nest of “uninvited guests.”
Below is the link to the sign up sheet. If you haven’t already, please read this whole page before you sign up. After you sign up, you’ll be sent back to the Sign Up page. Above the Success notice is the link to the SHOP to select and purchase your buckets (or use the SHOP menu tab). You’ll receive a reminder email of your picking time the day before your PYO session; or, if we have to cancel due to a limited number of circumstances, you’ll get that the day before as well.
If you need to cancel, please email farmer@minkafarm. Please give us at least a 12-hour notice. We’ll get back to you to see if you want to hold onto your buckets for a later date. When you arrive at the farm, park along the sides of the drive and go the the orchard. If you paid for your buckets the day before picking, your buckets will waiting for you next to the store. They will have your name and assigned row number on them. If you just signed up that day, please call Kim (919-619-5305) for assistance. Have fun picking! Aim for the deep dark, really big berries. When your time is up or your bucket is full, head home to enjoy the fruits of you labors!