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Frequently Asked Questions

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No. We do not charge admission. However, if you’re looking to go out to our picking fields, we do have a “promise to pick” fee. “Promise to pick” means that you’re promising to help Farmer Morris pick his crops! Our pick-your-own crops are offered at a lower cost than our already picked crops because you’re helping us with the harvest! Our family depends on this harvest for our living. So we ask that if you’re between the ages 6-96, to board our wagons for a scenic wagon ride out to our picking fields, you pay a $7.00 “promise to pick” fee. This fee then gets deducted from your total of crops picked. Learn more about our “promise to pick” fee here.

No. There are no reservations required! However, if you’re looking for a more private experience we recommend you come during the week.

We understand sampling is part of the fun and experience! However, we work all year for this one harvest to make a living, so please just have a little taste, and be considerate.

No. However, Barrie Hill Farms is committed to producing the finest quality fruits and vegetables in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. Read more about our green policy here.

For a variety of  reasons. Click here to find out more.

Yes. Cash, debit, Visa and Mastercard are accepted methods of payment.

Yes and No. Vaping and smoking of marijuana are both prohibited. Smoking of tobacco cigarettes is permitted in the parking lot area only. For fire safety and food safety reasons, no smoking is permitted beyond the parking area.

No. Most of our customers change their babies in the comfort of their own vehicle.

No. For everyone’s safety and in compliance with food safety regulations, pets are not permitted in the picking fields or the market area. A working service animal (a service dog, in harness for example), is the exception.

We are not located on a busy highway. Customers traveling with their pets are able to walk their pets (and give them a “pit stop”) very comfortably on our quiet country road or in our designated pet exercise area. There are also plenty of shady parking spots where pets can wait while their owners are picking.

Yes. While coolers and picnic lunches are not permitted in the picking fields, we have picnic tables located in a shady area near the main entrance. Cold water and soft drinks are available. Check out our designated picnic area on our new farm map.

We do! We have baskets available for purchase at the pick-your-own entrance. 

Yes, you can bring your own baskets! We don’t charge by the basket, so you can bring as many baskets as you’d like! We recommend that each person has their own. We will deduct the weight of your basket from the total weight of your crops picked.

Absolutely! Our wagons are accessible, and we can assist in lifting your wagon or stroller onto our wagons. 

Always sort and use any bruised or damaged berries as soon as possible in sauces, purées and jams.

Refrigerating

Strawberries: Store uncovered or loosely covered in refrigerator. Wash and rinse. Hull just before serving or freezing.

Raspberries: Remove from container, place on flat trays in a single layer in refrigerator, enjoy within 2 days. It is important not to wash until just before serving.

Blueberries: Best stored in a shallow well ventilated container, they will last 1 week or longer. Wash just before serving.

Freezing

Fruit: All berries can be placed on flat trays in a single layer and placed in your freezer. Be sure to hull the strawberries first. When frozen, place in freezer bags, seal, label and date. These berries can even be used individually, if desired for special desserts, smoothies, or on cereals all year long.

Vegetables: Peas and beans can be frozen. Wash and cut the ends off snow peas and green and yellow beans. Take the regular peas out of their pods (or have them shelled in our automatic shelling machine)! Blanche the vegetables in boiling water for about 1 minute. Place in freezer bags and draw out the air. Seal, label and date bags and place in freezer. Use throughout the year or on their own, in stir frys, soups or stews.

#1 are straight, more uniform in appearance and have tighter tips.

#2 are crooked or bent, more variable in size, and have slightly open tips

Flavour and freshness are the same.

We do accept large groups with a reservations! Please email info@barriehillfarms.com with your group request, and we can work with you to meet your group needs. 

Unfortunately, we can not accept coach buses without a private reservation at this time.

We have a water refill station! We don’t have water fountains, but we do have a water tap located just behind our Silo Cafe where you can refill your reusable water bottles! Forgot your refillable water bottle? We have cups for sale at our Silo Cafe. Together, let’s reduce the amount of single use plastic waste!