Our 2020 Strawberry Season has ended! Unfortunately we lost most the crop due freeze damage in early May and only picked for a couple days instead of 4 weeks. Hoping for better weather in 2021
Sugar Snap Peas (Currently picking)
Our family likes Sugar Snap Pea best, because the peas are sweet and delicious at all stages of their growth. All you need to do is pick, remove the cap and tip and eat them raw, in a salads or in stir-fry.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED (please reserve a time by clicking the Reserve Now button below
(1-quart box of peas usually weighs ½ pound)
- When picking peas look at the bottom of the plant. This may require rolling the plant over with your hands to expose the bottom of the plant.
- Pick them by holding the plant and pull off the pea pods with a quick snap.
- Sugar Snap Peas will be available to pick every day the farm is open while in season.
Red, Black and Golden Raspberries We anticipate the 2020 season to begin in July!!
There is nothing as delicious a ripe raspberry in summer and we have Red, Black and Gold varieties available for picking.
All ripe raspberry are deep colored with a plump, soft but firm feel. They will pull free from the plant with only a slight tug. Pick only the berries that are fully ripe. Reach in between the stems to look for hidden berries ready for harvest.
Black Raspberry Picking Tips:
- Pick only berries that are such a deep purple they are almost black. Avoid all the red berries as they are not ripe and will not come off the bush easily.
Red Raspberry Picking Tips:
- Pick only deep red berries that come off the plant easily. Avoid light red berries or berries with white or yellow tips.
Golden Raspberry Picking Tips:
- Pick only deep gold berries that come off the plant easily. Avoid light yellow, white or greenish berries.
Some people like to hold the stem with one hand, while picking with the other. Gently place the berries in the box.
Don't overfill your box or try to pack the berries down. Ideally, the raspberries in the box shouldn’t be more than a few deep.
Raspberry bushes don't have thorns, but they are a bit prickly, so if you want to hold the stem while picking, a pair of lightweight gloves is helpful.
Avoid placing the picked berries in the sunlight any longer than necessary. Cool them as quickly as possible after picking.
When you get home:
- DON'T wash the berries until you are ready to use them or freeze them. Washing will make them quickly go mushy.
- DO refrigerate! Right after picking, slide the picking box into a paper or plastic bag and place in the fridge. Be sure to use them as soon as possible after picking the berries; within a day or two.
New for 2020!!
We have implemented a new procedure to provide for the best possible safety for our guests.
Please follow this procedure when arriving at the farm:
1. With masks on, please go to the main entrance
2. A Hellerick's Family Farm team member will checking you in, provide a box for picking and directions to the picking fields
3. A team member will direct you to the picking field
4. When in the field, please social distance from other pickers
5. After picking return to the main entrance to purchase your peas. CREDIT ONLY, NO CASH PLEASE!
6. Hand washing stations available at several locations on the farm!
Our 2020 Strawberry Season has ended! Unfortunately we lost most the crop due freeze damage in early May and only picked for a couple days instead of 4 weeks. Hoping for better weather in 2021!!
Our family has been growing strawberries for over 40 years, we have great soils that give us The Best Tasting Strawberries in Buck’s County! Come taste our amazing strawberries this season! Please note:
- RESERVATIONS REQUIRED (click reserve now button below to make a reservation)
- Social Distancing and Masks required. Please see our Covid-19 policy under "Plan Your Visit" and Covid-19 procedures below
- A limited number of Guests will be scheduled to pick in the field at any given point.
- Guests must use our picking containers. The cost of the box will be incorporated into the price of the berries
- Guests must sign a Waiver.
- Hellerick Family Farm Team will direct Guests where to pick in the field.
(1 quart of strawberries usually weighs about 1.5 pounds)
- Kids must stay with the family for their safety.
- The best berries hide below the leaves on the ground. Move the leaves around with your hands to see the berries lying on the ground.
- Remove the berries from the plant by pinching the stem with your thumb and forefinger.
- DO NOT REMOVE the green caps in the field. Removing the caps in the field only makes a red, runny mess on your clothes and in your car!
- Pick only berries that are TOTALLY DARK RED
- Don’t pick any berries with WHITE TIPS
- Pick BIG and LITTLE berries as long as they are TOTALLY DARK RED
- Stay in assigned aisles (We try to place you in a spot that has not been picked previously)
- We have worked hard all year long to grow this crop. Please don’t jump across the rows (You squish the beautiful berries when you do!)
- Wear your sunscreen
- Bring your CAMERA
- DON'T wash the berries until you are ready to use them or freeze them. Washing will make them quickly go soft.
- DO refrigerate! Right after picking, slide the picking box into a paper or plastic bag and place in the fridge. Be sure to use them as soon as possible after picking the berries.
- Wash the berries with the cap on. This prevents the flavor from washing out of the berry.
- If freezing berries, wash with the caps on, remove caps and place on a cookie sheet and place in sheet in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer berries to a freezer bag.
Sunflowers (2020 dates coming soon) Our Sunflower field is in full bloom. You can stop by the farm anytime we are open and just to take pictures(no charge) or pick them for 1.00/stem. We will be having a larger Sunflower experience this summer. Look for details under "Things to do"
1.00 per stem
Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds Late September-November
Normally we have over 55 different types of pumpkins, squash and gourds in all shapes and sizes. Have a great time with the family experiencing the colors and wonders of these crops!
To help keep your pumpkins, squash and gourds last longer, wipe the outside skin with a 10% chlorine bleach solution. Doing this will remove any fungus on the skin and help your pumpkins, squash and gourds last longer than if you did not wipe.
Flower Picking Field August to Frost
We plant about 1 acre of flowers from seed each year. Our flower fields are a mixture of Zinnias and Cosmos in all sizes, shapes and colors! Check out our Facebook page for picking times.
5.50 per baker’s dozen (13 stems)
- Bring a bucket with you. After you pick your flowers place water and flowers in the bucket to keep them super fresh!
- Please bring your own clippers if possible. We will have clippers available to use. Because our clippers are expensive, we will ask to hold your driver’s license until they are returned to us.
What to Expect
Upon arrival please report to the Main Barn and you will be directed to the picking field.
Picking Boxes (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and peas)
You may ONLY use the boxes we provide, please leave your containers at home or in the car. The cost is .50 cents per box and is yours to keep. Using our box will allow a proper weight measurement and prevent the fruit getting damaged during transfer to another container.
The Picking Field
Once you have a box, a staff member will show you where to pick. If you have trouble finding berries, please ask a staff member to help find you another spot. When you are finished, please let the staff member know where you stopped picking so we can place the next picker in the row.
When are done picking, please proceed back to the Main Barn to weight and pay for the fruit.
- We recommend wearing close-toed shoes, as bees may be present on fallen fruit.
- On sunny days please wear sunscreen and a hat if desired.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please keep your children near you at all times for their safety.
- We only place you in areas where the fruit is ripe. Please pick only in designated areas.
- If you drop any fruit on the ground, we ask that you please make every effort to pick it up and purchase it so no fruit is wasted.