Strawberries - 8 quarts- Pick up day, Saturday, 7/04/20 - SARA HARDY TRAVERSE CITY FARMERS MARKET
An 8 quart flat of strawberries reserved for you to pick up from the Sara Hardy Downtown Traverse City Farmers Market, Saturday, July 4th between 9:00 AM and 11 AM.
Find our booth at this Farmers Market between 9 AM and 11 AM, and tell our staff your last name (or show them your receipt), and we will fill your order. If you order your berries in advance, it helps you guarantee being able to receive your berries, and us better anticipate how many flats of strawberries to bring to the market. We are only taking advanced online sales for entire 8-quart flats of strawberries. We will have individual quarts of berries for sale at this market that can be purchased without pre-ordering.
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. 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. Otherwise we cannot guarantee refunds for berries not picked up at the market.
WHERE ELSE CAN I FIND BARDENHAGEN BERRIES?
a. Our farmstand located at 7990 E. Horn Road, Lake Leelanau. We plan to have the farm stand staffed and stocked from 9 AM to Noon seven days a week during strawberry season. 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 handwashing & 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 usingright 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 shet 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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