Berry FAQ's

What are your hours of operation for blueberry picking?

Our daily hours vary based on crop and weather. Click here to get the latest scheduled picking dates – http://www.weeksbayplantation.com/organic-events/month/

We are also open for picking during our Harvest Night celebrations. Our final  Harvest Night celebration is on June 15, 2019 from 4pm-8pm. Please visit our events page for more info! Please follow us on Facebook and sign up for our email list to get your Blueberry News as fast as possible!

*dependent upon weather and crop inventory

What are the best times to pick?

Our picks are scheduled for early morning and later in the afternoon/evening. It is too warm to pick during the middle of the day.

Do you offer Group Rates and reservations for groups? 

Yes! We offer a discount for groups of 15 or more! Click here to download our Group Rates form and make your reservation today!

What do I need to bring with me?

Just a hat and some sunscreen!  We provide containers for picking and bags to take berries home.  Dress comfortable and closed-toe shoes are recommended.

May I bring my own containers for picking?

ABSOLUTELY!

What is the price for pick-your-own blueberries?

Currently our blueberries are $6 per pound when you pick your own on Wed, Fri or Saturday. This is subject to change.

Do you have pre-picked berries if I don’t want to pick them?

Yes we do!  Both the Fairhope Piggly Wiggly and the Spanish Fort Piggly Wiggly sell our berries. If they are out of stock, be sure to ask them when they will have more! We will be posting a list of additional locations as soon as they become available.

What is the price of pre-picked berries?

Dependent upon the store where purchased.

Can I taste the berries while I pick?

We encourage a little bit of tasting while you pick! We use no pesticides or chemicals EVER so you can eat right from the bush.

Can I bring my kids along?

We LOVE kids! So pack up the family and bring them with you! We’ll tell ‘em a thing or two about blueberries and they’ll have a blast!

Are pets allowed?

For the comfort of everyone and because we’re an organic farm, we ask that you do not bring your pets.  Pets are a violation of USDA ORGANIC STANDARDS.  We love them, but please leave them at home.

How many varieties do you have?

The average farm has only 5 – 8 varieties while we have FIFTEEN!  All sweet and delicious.  If you’re not certain about which variety you want, we’ll tell you about each one when you arrive.

What does organically grown mean?

It means we use no conventional herbicides, pesticides or chemicals at any time in the life of our blueberry plants.  We use a special, proprietary nutrient mix that contains nothing but natural ingredients to nourish the plants and ensure fabulous fruit.  We are a certified organic blueberry farm!

Will blueberries ripen after being picked?

No.  Unlike bananas or peaches, blueberries do not ripen after being picked.  If they are picked red or green they will not turn blue or become sweeter later.

What is the best way to handle berries after picking?

Do not leave your berries in a hot car for a long period of time. Take them home as soon as possible and leave the bags open during transport. Once home spread your berries out and let them dry for at least four hours but up to 24 hours should you choose. Once dried refrigerate any you plan on eating over the next 10 days and freeze the rest (see next question for freezing instructions). Do NOT wash your berries until you are ready to eat them, if at all. Remember, we are a USDA sanctioned organic farm so you do not have to worry about pesticides or anything unnatural used in our growing process.

How do I freeze the berries?

To freeze, DO NOT WASH your berries – put them in a single layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer; after frozen, place them in sealed plastic freezer bags.

Wash after thawing, just before using or eating.  (If you can’t freeze them right away, put them in the refrigerator UNWASHED until you can get to them.)

Do you have water available?

We do indeed!

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, credit cards and checks.

 

TIPS FOR A GREAT FARM EXPERIENCE

  • If anyone has allergies– BRING THE EPI-PEN as a precaution
  • No smoking
  • No pets
  • Wear closed shoes instead of sandals
  • Hats and sunscreen are essential
  • Drink plenty of water if it’s hot when you pick
  • If you hear thunder, return to the main stand/checkout

TIPS FOR BERRIES AFTER YOU LEAVE THE FARM

  • Do not leave the berries in the car for an extended period of time
  • Leave bags open during transport
  • If berries are wet spread them out and let them dry anywhere from four to 24 hours
  • Chill them as soon as they are dry
  • Wash (with cool running water) JUST BEFORE eating, if you feel the need
  • To freeze, DO NOT WASH AT ALL – put in a single layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer; after frozen, place in freezer safe plastic bags
  • If frozen, wash after thawing, just before using or eating