(Late July through October)
There is an issue we need to bring to your attention and ask for your help. This problem has steadily increased over the past few years. Thank you for cooperating with us.
Over the past several years we have noticed more and more customers picking various crops that aren’t ready for U-Pick. Also some customers wander into our fields where we grow produce that is not for U-Pick, even though Norm sets up sawhorses to block the area. More than one sawhorse has been run over. Several times customers have also run over our irrigation pipes, ruining the pipes. From time to time we’ve even had customers bring fruit from the neighbor’s trees for us to weigh. Sometimes customers pick on trees in our orchard that are clearly marked “Do Not Pick” or “Personal Tree, Do Not Pick.” Norm doesn’t have enough “Do Not Pick” signs to put them on each plant or tree. The other day someone brought up some very unripe SunCrest peaches. When told the peaches weren’t ready yet this customer seemed to just shrug it off. She even admitted that she knew there were “Do Not Pick” signs all over the orchard. We wonder what she will think when these peaches finally turn soft, but taste terrible because they were picked so green.
How can you help? Please stop at the house each time you come to pick. We will happily direct you to the items we have for U-Pick. We list everything available for U-Pick on our big green price board. If it isn’t on that list please check with us before picking. And if you see someone in an area that says “Do Not Pick” please mention it to them or bring it to our attention up at the sales porch. Jokingly we’ve had a few other solutions suggested to us: charge double for anything not on the green price board, hire a roving band of paint ball commandos, use a bullhorn to shout out to offenders… However, we prefer to have our customers read our green price board, follow directions and ask for permission to pick anything that is not on the green price board.
Thank you for your help. Norm & Cinda