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 (OPEN DAILY)

 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

CURRENTLY PICKING CORNFLOWERS/BACHELOR BUTTONS, POPPIES AND LARKSPUR!

 

Price:

14.99/container

we will provide.. a picture of the container is in the photos

Red Raspberries (Open daily) Picking available on selected dates

There is nothing as delicious as a ripe raspberry in summer and we have Red Rasberries 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)

 

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.

 

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.

Price:

8.99/lb.

Blackberries (Opening in June or July)

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.

Fresh U-pick blackberries

Sugar Snap Peas (Picking is over for the 2024 Season)

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.

What to Expect

Arrival

Upon arrival please report to the Main Barn and you will be directed to the picking field.

Picking Boxes (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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