Are You Prepared for Your U-Pick Farm Adventure?

Spring is here and that means U-pick farms are open for business! U-pick farms offer a unique and enjoyable way for individuals and families to experience the freshest produce straight from the source. Whatever it is you’re picking this growing season, this comprehensive guide will help you make the most of your visit to a U-pick farm: 

Research and Plan Ahead: 

  • Start by researching U-pick farms in your area. You can use online directories such as the ones on MDAC’s website, social media, or ask friends and family for recommendations. 
  • Check the farm’s website or social media pages for information on what’s in season, opening hours, pricing, and any specific guidelines or requirements, such as reservations.

Choose the Right Time: 

  • Timing is crucial when visiting U-pick farms. Different fruits and vegetables have specific peak seasons, so plan your visit accordingly to ensure the best picking experience. 
  • Avoid weekends if possible, as they tend to be more crowded. Weekdays are often quieter, allowing for a more leisurely and enjoyable experience.

Dress Appropriately: 

  • Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes suitable for outdoor activities. 
  • Bring sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. 
  • Be prepared for potentially muddy or dusty conditions, depending on the weather and the farm’s terrain.

Bring Supplies: 

  • Many U-pick farms provide containers for harvesting, but it’s a good idea to bring your own baskets, buckets, or bags just in case. 
  • Pack water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout your visit. 
  • If you’re planning to spend a significant amount of time at the farm, consider bringing a cooler to keep your harvested produce fresh until you get home.

Follow Farm Guidelines: 

  • Respect the farm’s rules and regulations, including where you’re allowed to pick, designated pathways, and any instructions provided by staff. 
  • Supervise children closely and teach them proper picking techniques to prevent damage to plants and ensure their safety. 
  • Be mindful of the environment and only pick what you intend to purchase. Avoid trampling on crops or wasting produce.

Enjoy the Experience: 

  • Take your time exploring the farm, enjoying the sights, smells, and sounds of the countryside. 
  • Engage with the farmers and staff to learn more about the crops, farming practices, and the local agricultural community. 
  • Don’t forget to snap some photos to capture memories of your U-pick adventure!

Pay and Depart: 

  • Once you’ve finished picking, head to the farm’s checkout area to weigh and pay for your produce. 
  • Be prepared to pay with cash or card, as some farms may not accept certain payment methods. 
  • Thank the farmers and staff for a wonderful experience before heading home with your freshly picked bounty.

By following these tips, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your visit to a U-pick farm and enjoy a fun-filled day of harvesting fresh, delicious produce straight from the field. See where U-picks and other agritourism spots are using our interactive map: