Q: May we eat fruit before we pay?
A: Thank you for considering a visit to our family farm! We work hard, even years ahead, to bring about each year’s harvest of fruit. Our farm is our family home and our private property, our crops are our livelihood, and we sell our fruit by the pound. The business of farming is very expensive. We therefore ask you to sample only a few fruit, so that you know it is good. Please wait until after you pay to enjoy the rest. If your plan is to feast in the field while picking, please instead visit a farm that offers that option.
Q: Do you supply containers for picking?
A: U-Pick picking containers (bags for apples and pears, and boxes for blueberries) are available at the farm for a nominal cost. You may also bring your own, but keep in mind that they will have to be readily weighed on our checkout scale.
Q: May we bring our pet dog?
A: Please leave pets at home. That is the official, FDA-mandated answer. All hail the beaurocrat kings!
Q: May we climb the trees? May we teeter on each other’s shoulders in order to grab the highest fruit? Do you mind if we enjoy fruit fights on your property? Are you farmers happy when we gorge on blueberries while in the field, even though we haven’t yet paid for them… or when everyone picks one or two huge, perfect to apples to taste, takes a bite or two and tosses it to the ground? Is it fine to pick carelessly, bumping lots of excellent fruit onto the ground and leaving it there to rot? May our children run around uncontrolled? While on your farm, may we take a hiatus from parenting?
A: Oy vey.
Q: What is ripe and ready to pick, and when?
A: For day-to-day status of our blueberries, apples and pears, check our Facebook page or call; you can also find out by taking a risk by visiting the farm during our regular farm market hours… the worst case would be that while we might be closed for picking that day, we would still have tasty treats and you could still visit the animals.
Q. What about farm animals?
A. We have friendly goats you can pet and feed (25 cents per crank at the feeder dispenser) plus at least some of the following for you to see: chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys and pigs.
Q: What about biting insects?
A: While entomophagy is becoming popular in some circles, we do not formally offer U-Pick bugs here at Orchard Ridge. Now as far as them biting you: Our location is open and breezy and often sees relatively low levels of those critters. But we suggest that you come prepared for the outdoors as needed: hat, sunscreen, bug spray, jacket, close-toed shoes.
Q. Do you have a bathroom?
A. We are pleased to offer our customers a nice bathroom, even equipped with a baby changing station.