5500 N. Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18902| 215-766-8388| info@hellericksfarm.com

U-Pick Crops

Hellerick’s Family Farm offers several U-Pick experiences throughout the year! Since the picking season is determined by the weather, the exact time of these crops is ESTIMATED. Please click on “Open Today?” or visit our Facebook page to see what crops are currently in season.

U PICK FLOWERS...PICKING IS OVER FOR THE 2022 SEASON!

 Fill the container, which we will provide and is INCLUDED in the price, with AS MANY FLOWERS AS YOU CAN. We have planted over 1 acre of  several varieties of flowers which are great for cutting. The availability of the types of flowers will differ at certain times of the season based on their blooming cycles. Please review our Facebook posts for the varieties of flowers we are currently picking. Refill your container for 9.99 and you can also purchase additional empty containers for 8.99.

We will provide the cutting tool to pick the flowers

Price:

14.99/container

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Red, Black and Golden Raspberries We anticpate picking to start in late summer 2023

There is nothing as delicious as a ripe raspberry in summer and we have Red, Black and Gold varieties available for picking.

All ripe raspberries 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.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED (click "Reserve Picking Time" button below)

Price:

8.99/lb.

Black Raspberry Picking Tips:

  • Pick only the 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.

BONUS TIPS!!

  • 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.

Blackberries We anticipate picking to start in July 2023

Summer and fall means blackberry picking season.

We grow a special variety of THORN FREE blackberries to make picking very easy! 

Ripe blackberries are a deep black, shiny color and feel soft but firm. For best flavor, pick only the berries that are fully dark black.

Ripe berries will easily pull free from the plant with a slight tug.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED (click "Reserve Picking Time" button below)

Price:

8.99/lb.

 

Blackberry Picking Tip:

  • Pick only the berries that are such a deep purple they are almost black. Avoid picking the red berries as they are not ripe and will not come off the stem easily.

BONUS TIPS!!

  • Some people like to hold the stem with one hand, while picking with the other. Gently place the berries in the box.
  • 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 soft.
  • DO refrigerate! Right after picking, slide the picking box into a paper bag and place in the fridge. Doing this prevents the berries from drying out in the fridge. Be sure to use them as soon as possible; within a day or two.

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Strawberries Strawberry piciking Season is over for the year

Our family has been growing strawberries for over 40 years. We have great soil that gives us The Best Tasting Strawberries in Buck’s County! Come taste our amazing strawberries this season! Please note:

  1. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED!  Click "Reserve Picking Time" button below to make a reservation
  2. A limited number of Guests will be scheduled to pick in the field at any given point.
  3. Guests must use our picking boxes. The cost of the box will be incorporated into the price of the berries.
  4. Guests must sign a Waiver.
  5. Guests will be assigned a specific row/location so they will get the best berries in the field. Guests are expected to pick in their assigned rows/areas. 

Strawberry Picking Tips:

  • Stay in assigned aisles (We try to place you in a spot that has not been picked previously)
  • Kids must stay close to their parents so they don't accidentally step on the strawberry plants
  • 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 the 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
  • 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
  • Our strawberries are NOT organic
  • Since we limit the use of chemicals, there will be weeds in the fields

BONUS STORAGE TIPS!!

  • 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 on sheet in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer berries to a freezer bag.

Sugar Snap Peas Sugar Snap Pea picking is over for the year!

Our family likes Sugar Snap Peas best! The peas are sweet and delicious at all stages of their growth. After picking, remove the cap and tip to eat them raw, in salads or stir-fry.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED (click "Reserve Picking Time" button below)

Price:

2.99/lb.

(1-quart box of peas usually weighs ½ pound)

Pea Picking Tips:

  • 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 to pull off the pea pods with a quick snap.

BONUS TIP!!

  • Sugar Snap Peas will be available to pick every day the farm is open while in season.

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!

Price:

Various

BONUS TIPS!!

  • To help 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.

BONUS TIPS!!

  • 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. Our clippers are expensive so we will ask to hold your driver’s license until they are returned to us.

What to Expect

Arrival

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 of the box is included in the price of the produce you are picking and is yours to keep. Using our box will allow a proper weight measurement and prevent the fruit from 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.

Checkout

When Guests are done picking, please proceed back to the Main Barn to weigh and pay for the fruit.

Picking Guidelines

  • We recommend wearing closed-toe 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.

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