Are you organic?
We are not a certified organic farm, but we strive to use healthy, sustainable methods for growing our produce. We rotate our strawberry fields every two years and plant cover crops in off years. This method is costly and time consuming but the benefits are worth it. Rotating helps keep disease out of the field and minimizes pests which keeps pesticide use low. Cover crops help add organic matter back into the ground which reduces the need for fertilizer. We try using organic pesticides whenever we can. We eat everything that we grow and it is important to us that it is healthy!
I just got my strawberries home. What should I do with them until I’m ready to eat them?
Don’t wash your berries until you are ready to eat them. Keeping them cool and dry in the your refrigerator will help prolong their life. If you are planning to eat them fresh, try to consume them in the next couple of days as their flavor and texture will begin to deteriorate. When you are ready to eat your berries, simply rinse them in a colander. Try not to jostle your berries too much, as they are delicate! For methods on freezing your strawberries or making jam, visit our Recipes and Canning & Preservation pages.
Do you take credit cards?
We accept cash and checks. We do not take credit cards.
What do I need to bring when I come?
Just bring yourself! We provide containers for picking strawberries, and we have water on hand in case you get thirsty!
How many acres is your farm?
We live on a beautiful 80 acre farm. Currently, about 4 acres are devoted to growing produce, but that number keeps growing. The remainder of the farm is pasture ground for our cattle.
How long has your family been selling produce?
We have been growing produce at our home in Lawrence, KS since we moved here in 1996. In 2003, we began selling produce at the Downtown Lawrence Farmer’s Market, and in 2010, we opened the doors to our U-Pick strawberry patch. Thank you to the Lawrence and surrounding communities for your support. We hope to see you at the Farmer’s Market, or here at the farm!
What is plasticulture farming?
Plasticulture farming is a conservation practice that incorporates–in our case–plastic ground covers in place of mulches or other ground covers. For us, this means we can use fewer pesticides and herbicides on our produce because the plastic keeps weeds from growing near the plants, and keeps bugs off of the leaves. Additionally, using the plastic helps hold in ground moisture, which means we have to use less fuel and electricity to pump water and irrigate our plants. Plasticulture farming allows us to consume fewer resources while producing healthier plants that are better for you and the environment.
It’s raining outside. Is your U-Pick patch still open?
Always call us at (785) 331-3468 before you come. We post our daily hours online, on Facebook, and on our phone message. In case of inclement weather, we post updates to keep you informed.