Do all pickers need to wear a mask?
Yes. We’re all in this together. It’s really difficult to ensure 100% social distancing, because so many people are coming to the farm. Accordingly, we are asking that everyone wear a mask. We understand that this might not be possible for some younger pickers 2 and under, and therefore we will not be insisting in such cases.
Why does everyone age 6-96 need to purchase a basket to go picking?
To enable us to create enough social distance for everyone. Even though our fields are large, to accommodate people who aren’t picking would prevent others from entering, and prevent us from harvesting our crops in a timely manner.
Why are groups limited to 5 persons?
Because that’s the guideline set out by government when pick your own farms were allowed to open. It’s really to make social distancing easier, in an attempt to keep us all safe and end this pandemic for once and for all. And to allow more families the privilege of a berry picking outing during these trying times. Please remember it is a privilege, not a right, to pick berries. You are invited as a guest onto our farm, providing you follow our safe picking practices. Those not agreeing with, or not wishing to follow these practices will lose their invitation and be asked to leave.
Why only 2 children per adult?
Same as above. Additionally, kids are full of energy, and it’s only natural for them to get excited when they get to the farm. One adult hand per child will make it easier to keep our future generations safe.
I’m a single parent with more than 2 children. Or a family with more than 5 people. What do you suggest?
Be creative. Invite a friend, grandparent(s) or another adult (from your “bubble”) to come with you, and check in as a group of 5 or two separate groups. You’ll be able to pick nearby each other, and will still be able to have “one hand per child” in order to keep everyone safe.
Why no sampling?
Because of government guidelines which permit us to remain open. As soon as the pandemic is over we will return to our normal policy, which acknowledges that tasting a few berries is part of the fun of picking your own.
What about toddlers? Can they sample?
No. For everyone’s safety – the toddler’s included – sampling is not allowed. If you don’t think you will be able to restrain your child in the field, then we suggest bringing a stroller or a back-pack carrier. This way the child won’t be able to taste any berries until you get back to the car, but will still be able to be a part of your family outing.
Why is cash not being accepted for PYO?
In order to minimize contact points and to reduce lineups. Debit and credit card payments will be quicker and safer. Cash is still being accepted at our market and drive-thru.
Can I bring my own containers?
No. Currently, safe operating guidelines recommend only the use of new unused containers. The baskets we are providing can be recycled in your blue bin. Or you can wash them and save them to be re-used when the pandemic has ended.
Will washrooms be available?
Yes. For emergency use only. We recommend that you make every effort to avoid needing to use toilet facilities during your visit.
There is a rental toilet in the parking area of the pick your own fields. This unit will not be cleaned and sanitized by our staff. It will be maintained by the providing company. Use at your own risk, and only if absolutely necessary.
Will we be honouring the Snow Valley School and Community Coupon Fundraiser Booklet?
Yes. As a result of Covid-19, we are selling by volume, not by weight. The coupons for strawberries will be accepted as “Pick 1 4L basket and pick a second 4L basket free”