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U-PICK STRAWBERRY AND PEAS AT ROWE'S PRODUCE FARM
USUALLY 3-4 WEEKS JUNE - JULY
During the pick your own season it is always a good idea to call to find out picking conditions before you head to the farm. At our farm you are allowed to drive your vehicle to the fields to pick. We supply the trays for picking Strawberries free of charge. We have containers for measuring the peas also but we take a deposit for the baskets and you can either keep them or we pour the peas in a bag and refund the deposit. Children are always welcome but MUST be supervised well, for their safety. Dogs are allowed but we ask they be kept on a leash and in the driveways, not the fields, so as not to disturb other customers. There are trash cans at the barn and we do ask that you do not leave any trash in the fields. At the checkouts we accept cash or credit cards.
U-pick Strawberries start when they are ready. It all depends on the weather. We have been open for picking in May and another year we did not have any berries until the 21st of June. You just never know. The best thing to do is call for updates starting mid May, like Rowe's Produce Farm on "Facebook or get on "THE LIST" . If you are on "THE LIST" you will get emails when we are picking. You can sign up for "THE LIST" by sending us an email via the Contact Us page. When you get your strawberry email that means the task is at hand, don't wait, it is a good idea to call and plan to come out as soon as possible. The picking season can be very short due to weather conditions. We always have some customers that come at the end of the season that got their notice 3 weeks ago but were too busy at that time and they miss out on the really great picking.
After checking in and getting your FREE boxes at the barn you are directed how to get to the fields. LISTEN to all the directions given by the staff to make sure you are headed to the right place. You then drive your vehicle into the field and are directed where to park and which field has the BEST picking. Traffic flow is essential to running a smooth operation. You MUST follow directions on where to park and pick or you will be asked to leave. Those attempting to "meet up" with friends should read the "OTHER GROUPS" section below. We have the most acreage dedicated to U-Pick Strawberries in Michigan. ALL of our berries are U-Pick. We do not save any fields for us to pick and sell (we do pick a quart or two for supper). What that means is our customers are ALWAYS in the best picking we have. We are constantly monitoring where the best spots are and get the customers to them. A lot of people are finding that they can stop by after work and still have great picking in the evening. All the varieties of strawberries we grow are good for jam, freezing and fresh use.
Large berries fill the basket faster but the smaller ones have less water in them and are sweeter. We do not assign rows for people to pick, you are told to pick in a certain field or area of a field. You are free to wander and look for all the big ones or (the faster way) get between 2 rows and pick all the ripe ones within reach and before you know it your box is full and you are looking for another box. We do have extra boxes in the field too, just look for the piles in the driveways. Don't forget it is "all you can eat" while you are picking. Our berries are sold by the pound. After picking you then drive to the checkouts and we weigh the strawberries and then deduct the weight of the boxes so all you pay for are the strawberries. There are also cold drinks, fruit pectin, cobbler mix and other items available.
We also have Sugar Snap peas and English Shelling peas to pick sometime in June. Sugar Snap peas (edible pod) usually start a week or so after the strawberries. The English Shelling peas are a little later than that. You can call the farm for pea picking updates or if you are on "THE LIST" you will get email updates on those crops also. You can get updates by liking Rowe's Produce Farm on Facebook and monitoring happenings there. Most years we are open 3-4 weeks but depending on the weather, the season can be short.
ORGANIZED AND OTHER GROUPS
We are happy to accommodate organized groups and ask that you do a few simple things.
1.We want to know the number of adults and children coming to pick.
2. The mode of transportation (buses, cars or both) and number of vehicles.
3. We need to know what day you want to pick and the time you think you might arrive.
4. We ask that a contact person send us an email via the Contact Us page with all the info and their email address and phone number.
When the group arrives each child will be provided with a plastic quart to pick in and take the berries home in (price per quart to be determined at the start of the season). The adults may also pick in quarts or in trays and pay by the pound. Then the group will be led to the field they will pick in, away form other customers if possible, to better keep an eye on the children. Everything purchased is to paid for by ONE person by cash, check or credit card to speed up the check out process.
WE ARE SORRY BUT WE DO NOT HAVE PICNIC/PLAYGROUND FACILITIES
Lakeside park is near the farm on Textile Rd.
Every season we seem to have some "NONCHALANT" groups that attempt to "meet up" at the farm on a certain date and time.
THIS NEVER WORKS AND CAUSES MUCH FRUSTRATION FOR ALL INVOLVED.
When you arrive at the farm determines where you get to pick. If your group arrives together you WILL be parked near each other and pick together. If some of your group arrives and others come later you probably WILL NOT be together. We have the most u-pick strawberries in Michigan and on busy days we will pick in several fields at the same time. Traffic flow is important in running a smooth operation. We do not allow you to go "looking" for your friends as this causes many problems. We do NOT have enough room in our driveway for people to wait for friends. If your group is coming from many directions it is best to "meet up" somewhere near the farm (K mart parking lot, McDonald's or a similar place) and travel to the farm in a caravan this will give you a better chance to pick together and make a better experience for all.
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• Belleville, MI 48111
Rowe's Produce Farm is operated by Girard's Produce Farm, L.L.C.
Technical Support: Joe Girard