FAQ

 

When can we pick stuff?

You must book a spot before you come to pick! Stay tuned to our homepage, Facebook, and Instagram, where we will announce the next pick date and when the spots will be available for booking on our homepage. We do NOT use an email mailing list to announce every pick, you must check the above sources to know the upcoming open days and times.

Here’s how it works. We operate on a reservation system, much like a restaurant - we limit the number of people per hour allowed in. We do this to make sure our guests have plenty to pick when they come out, and also to ensure they receive lots of personal attention from us.

Before every pick, we will assess the field capacity and drop a number of spots in the scheduling widget on our homepage, www.purelandorganic.com. You can't book a spot more than a few days in advance because we don't know how much produce will be ready more than a few days in advance, and that’s how we determine the number of spots. We will always announce the time at which the spots will go live for booking so everyone has a fair shot.

 Please register for the number of people in your whole party, excluding babies under 1, using the “Quantity” box at the top of the section. 

You may arrive at any point during your time slot, but last checkout is 30 minutes after the time slot closes.

But I want to come in three weeks, and I don’t see any sessions listed more than a couple days away. Are you closed? Wha??

All that means is that we have not made the spots available to book yet. We will always post on the homepage at what time the next spots will be made available, so you can be ready to STRIKE!

That’s totally clear and I understand completely! I better get there early to stand in line though, right?

There is no need to get here early! If you’ve booked a spot, you’re getting access to the field at the same time as everyone else. We will not start picking before the first time slot begins.

So, what will be ready to pick? 

It will vary over the season! At the beginning, we will have strawberries, then greens, lettuces, and radishes, moving into beets, carrots, fresh onions, and green garlic. At the end of May, the thornless blackberries will start ripening, and into June we ought to have green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and more. We anticipate the season ending mid-July.

Sometimes we will only be picking blackberries, and sometimes the whole farm will be available to pick (the “Pick-Your-Own Session” always includes the blackberries). You can choose which option when you book your slot!

Sweet. How much does it cost? 

Depends on the crop! For every picker, there is a $2 entrance fee (counted as feet on the ground - there is no fee for babies). Blackberries are the highest cost at $7 per pound, big tomatoes and beets are $3 per pound, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and sweet peppers are $4-5 per pound, hot peppers are $8 per pound, onions, melons, and cucumbers are $2-2.50 per pound, garlic are $1-2 each. You may pick and purchase as much or as little as you wish, but if you pick it, you bought it.

How does it work?

When you arrive, you will get a bucket or basket from us under the tent, and we'll talk about what's good for the pickin' that day and how to do it. Then you can head into the rows to make magical memories harvesting beautiful fresh produce with your family. There will be plenty of signage and help in the rows to tell you what’s what and how to pick it.

When you're done, come on back up to the tent, rinse your produce in the outside sink if you like, tag us in a sweet selfie with your haul of veggies, grab a few items from the Airstream Farm Store, and we'll weigh the crops out to total you up.

Do I have to bring cash, or do you take credit cards?

It's 2019, y'all! You bet we take credit cards! But they do take a chunk for processing fees, so cash is always king.

Awesome! What should I bring and wear?

A cloth or washable bag would work great to take your veggies home, but we do hoard paper bags from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods all winter for the farm stand too. We’d like to cut down on single-use plastic as much as possible, so a reusable container with a lid or an old clamshell for your berries would also be great!

A hat and closed-toed shoes are ideal attire. We wear long sleeves and pants even in the summer, so bring sunscreen if you need it. While we did not have many chiggers last year, bug spray is also always a good idea. 

OMG, will there be bugs??

Totes! We do NOT use synthetic pesticides, so you are definitely gonna see a few bugs, many of which (whom?) are actually beneficial! Wanna learn all about it? Schedule a field trip!

What happens if I need to pee?

We have a wholly adequate Port-a-potty that is serviced weekly.

I can handle that. But what if it rains?

We will stay open for sprinkles, but not for thunder and lightning. 

Hey, why didn’t you answer my email or Facebook message or phone call or voicemail?

We are a two-person company here at Pure Land Farm! That means we’re usually busy planting, mowing, trellising, fertilizing, weeding, pruning, mulching, shoveling, spreading hay, inspecting crops, applying pest and disease control, scheduling picks, updating the website and social media, and washing baskets. If you’ve read this far, I hope your question has been answered!