Strawberries - 8 quarts- Pick up day,Tuesday, 6/23/20- FARM PICK UP
An 8 quart flat of strawberries reserved for you to pick up from our roadside farm stand on Tuesday, June 23rd between 9 AM and 12 noon.
We will have staff on site from 9 AM-noon, providing curbside service & making sure you get your order filled. If you need to get out of your car, please practice social distancing and use a face covering for the health of other customers and our staff. PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE FARM IF YOU ARE SICK, OR HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID19. Thank you for your cooperation!
1. Do I need to order my strawberries in advance? No. If you want to make sure of getting your berries on a certain day, or if you would like to reserve 2 or more than 2 flats, we suggest ordering in advance. This system should be convenient especially for customers who drive from a distance to our farm, and/or like to make plans in advance. It is possible to come to our farmstand without pre-ordering between 9 AM and 12 noon and purchase individual quarts or 1-2 8-quart flats without pre-ordering. We suggest that customers looking for 2 or more flats DO pre-order to help us anticipate how many berries to pick, and to guarantee availability. If coming to our farmstand between 9 AM and 12 noon is not convenient for you, we suggest this year that you visit one of the many area stores or farm markets where we deliver berries to every day (see #6 below).
2. Where do I go? Our farmstand is located at our farm at 7990 E Horn Road, Lake Leelanau, MI. We are located approximately 1 mile north of M-204 on Horn Road (about halfway in between 45 North Winery and Aurora Cellars Winery). Look for the big red truck planted with flowers in front of our driveway.
3. What if it rains? Please leave your phone number during check out so that we may contact you in the case of rain if we need to reschedule your berries. If rescheduling is not possible, your payment will be 100% refundable.
4. Can I just order over the phone by calling Bardenhagen Berries at 231-271-3026? No. While in the past, we have taken orders by phone, and had customers picking up strawberries from the warehouse on our farm, this year, we are reducing our farm's contact with possible exposure to COVID19. We will miss seeing your many faces this season but are having to deal with a vast amount of additional regulations that are changing constantly. This is not a normal season. We appreciate your patience and willingness to try this new system of online ordering, which we think will be more convenient for many!
5. What if something happens and I can’t pick up my berries? Unless we are rained out, we are not offering refunds once your berries have been picked and are waiting for you in our farmstand. If you are running late, please look in the farmstand for the flat of strawberries marked with your name on it. If you can’t make it for some reason at the last minute, please try to arrange to have someone else pick up your berries in your place. If you need to cancel or reschedule your order, please contact us at least 36 hours in advance by calling 231-271-3026.
6. WHERE ELSE CAN I FIND BARDENHAGEN BERRIES?
a. Visit our farm stand between 9 AM and 12 noon Monday thru Sunday to purchase quarts and/or entire 8-quart flats. We will plan to have the farm stand staffed and stocked during this time. While we plan to keep the stand stocked, we suggest coming before 11 am in order to better guarantee we haven't sold out. For many, this approach may be more convenient than pre-ordering - and allow for more last-minute shopping!
b. Visit us in person at any of the farmers markets where we plan to vend during strawberry season. (Tuesdays-Glen Arbor; Fridays-Northport; Saturday - Traverse City).
c. Order online to pick up at an area Farmers Market via the Leelanau Farmers Market online ordering system (Tuesdays-Glen Arbor, Fridays-Northport, Saturday - Suttons Bay). or the Sara Hardy Downtown Traverse City Farmers Market, which has a Wednesday evening pick up time.
d. Visit one of the many stores where we deliver our strawberries to on a regular basis (Leland Mercantile, Hansen Food, N.J.'s, Gallagher's Farm Market, Anderson's IGA, and many more.)
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS & ANSWERS REGARDING BARDENHAGEN BERRIES:
7. Do you offer U-Pick? We have not offered it in the past, and do not plan to offer it this season.
8. Who picks the strawberries? We are very grateful to offer employment to a crew of between 20 and 30 mainly migrant workers from Texas and Florida help harvest the berries during the short 2-3 week harvest season. Picking strawberries is hard work and we believe deserves to be paid well. We hope you agree. This is one reason Bardenhagen Berries may sometimes cost more than other strawberries. If you or someone you know may be interested in applying to pick strawberries on our farm during the 2021 season, please visit our job postings on our website.
9. Are your strawberries organic? No. Our strawberries and cherries are grown conventionally. We work hard to use the least amount of pesticides as possible.
10. What does Bardenhagen Berries do to protect the environment? We can’t really list everything, but here are a few things. We are one of the few farms in Michigan certified with the Michigan Environmental Assurance Protection (MEAP) area in all three areas: Farmstead, Cropping and Wildlife & Habitat. Our strawberries are grown in straw, not plasticulture like mass produced strawberries from California, Mexico, and Florida. Mass produced strawberries also typically fumigate their soil between crops with toxic chemicals. We practice crop rotation and “biofumigate” our soils with cover crops that naturally help to repel some problematic soil organisms. Our farm has a 42 kWh solar array that produces at least as much electricity as our farm uses annually. Our 180 acre farm is protected from future development through a conservation easement with the Leelanau Conservancy. For berry packaging, we are working to avoid plastic as much as possible, using more expensive cardboard and paper packaging.
11. What are you doing for food safety? Our farm has an extensive food safety program which involves frequent hand washing & hand sanitizer use, frequent sanitizing of harvest equipment, employee training, traceability of product, and much more. As with all produce, we recommend washing our strawberries before consuming.
12. What is the best way to store my berries if I am not going to use them right away? If not using right away, we suggest storing in refrigerator. For the longest possible storage, do not remove caps or wash first. Click here for more suggestions. For maximum enjoyment, we suggest enjoying the same day they were picked, and then buying more!
13. What is a good way to enjoy Bardenhagen Berries in the winter? Simply wash, remove caps (green part), arrange in a single layer on cookie sheet and put in freezer. Once frozen, transfer to resealable freezer bags to store and enjoy in your favorite recipe (smoothies, jam, etc.) during the rest of the year!
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