Attention Strawberry Lovers!
Farmers are putting a lot of effort into keeping customers safe this year. Your cooperation will help to keep everyone safe as you pick-your-own strawberries. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
- Plan ahead: Check out the website or social media pages of your favorite PYO farms for new policies this season. You might need to call ahead to schedule a reservation and should plan to bring a mask. As with everything, self-screen before heading to the field, and do not go if you are feeling sick.
- Pay attention to the signage and respect the rules on site. Farms will be enforcing social distancing measures (6’), so be sure to follow their directions related to where to pick in order to maintain that distancing. Other signage may be related to requiring hand washing, not eating in the field, and/or waiting in your vehicle until there is space to pick.
- Pick alone whenever possible. We understand that picking berries is a summer tradition many Mainers share with friends and loved ones, but coming in groups reduces the number of customers a farm can serve at one time, and increases the risk for all. Picking with efficiency in mind will be the best way to ensure mutual safety for your family and the farm, and to support the farmer. It’s also the quickest way to get home to wash, prepare, and eat your delicious strawberries!
Guidance for farmers operating PYO operations is available on the DACF website.