Picking Guidelines

Strawberry Picking
We look so forward to strawberry season and unfortunately it’s a short one. From mid-June to late June we finally get a taste of what strawberries really taste like. Strawberries are a very laborious crop to grow. We plant and weed all the plants by hand and then remove runners of each plant multiple times during the growing season. We have chosen to raise ours organically, because we think that’s the right thing to do even though we expect it reduce our yields by 50%.

• Strawberry picking is a fun family outing. Our organic berries are a real treat. Growing strawberries in New England has its challenges.
• When arriving at the farm please purchase your containers in the farm stand before entering the field. Everyone entering the field must have a container.
• If you have children with you, take a minute to explain to them what a ripe berry looks like. Ripe berries are red all the way around. The green ones will ripen shortly. When picking please be gentle with the plants. Please don’t step on the plastic since helps us control the weeds and holds the moisture in the ground.
• While in the field, walk down the rows. Please don’t attempt to jump over the rows.
• Please only pick the rows that are marked. Not all the varieties ripen at the same time.
• Please return to the farm stand to have your berries weighed before leaving.
• We love sharing our farm and home with you, we are sure you will treat it with respect
• If you are a serious picker we recommend that you walk further down the rows. Everyone seems to pick the first bush they come to.

Blueberry Picking
• Blueberry picking is a fun family outing.
• When arriving at the farm please purchase your containers in the farm stand before entering the field. Everyone entering the field must have a container.
• If you have children with you, take a minute to explain to them what a ripe berry looks like. Ripe berries are dark purple all the way around. The green ones will ripen shortly. Please be gentle with the bush
• While in the field please don’t walk between the plants since it knocks berries off the plants and breaks branches.
• Please return to the farm stand to have your berries weighed before leaving.
• We love sharing our farm and home with you, we are sure you will treat it with respect
• If you are a serious picker we recommend that you walk further down the rows. Everyone seems to pick the first bush they come to.

Tomato Picking
• Our Annual Tomato picking event gets kicked off during a Saturday in late. We’ll announce it on Facebook once we have the actual date. For those of you who like to preserve the harvest this is a great event. During this event, we can help you transport large amount of tomatoes back to the farm stand to be weighed. Please bring cash or check since we will be weighing all tomatoes in the field.
• Tomato picking will continue almost every day from late August to the end of September. Please call the farm or check Facebook for up-to-date picking conditions.
• Please check into the farm stand before entering the fields. We change the location of the tomato fields each year.
• Please return to the farm stand to have your tomatoes weighed You must pay for all the tomatoes you pick..

Peppers and Eggplant
• We have all kinds of peppers including green, colored, hot, Italian, cubanelle, etc, and they are fun to pick.
• Pepper picking starts in early September and continues until the first frost. Please call the farm or check Facebook for up-to-date picking conditions before coming to the farm.
• Please check into the farm stand before entering the field. The location changes from year to year.
• If you are picking a variety of pepper, please separate them into different bags.
• Please return to the farm stand to have your tomatoes weighed You must pay for all the tomatoes you pick.

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139 Spring Street
Millis, Massachusetts 02054
Farm Stand: (508) 376-5024
tangerinifarm@gmail.com

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