McArthur's Berry Farm

Pick Your Own Strawberries

NEW LOCATION: 441 Line 5 South, Oro-Medonte Ontario,

NEW PHONE NUMBER: (705) 487-1754,

info@mcarthurberryfarm.ca

Originally from the Isle of Islay, the McArthur family have farmed in Oro since 1842.

Announcements

NOW OPEN FOR 2021 STRAWBERRY SEASON (Opened on June 12, 2021).

We are now located at 441 Line 5 South Oro-Medonte about 300m south of our previous location. We are open daily from 8am to 8pm weather and berries permitting. Please review our COVID-19 health and safety protocols provided on our web page and use the Ontario Governments COVID-19 self assessment tool prior to coming to the farm.

Prices & General Info

  • Strawberries - pick your own $2.25 per litre

  • Rhubarb is $1.00 per stalk

  • New 3 litre or 4 litre baskets = $1.00 per basket

  • Please note we will not be lending baskets this year. Please bring a container with a clearly visible metric volume on it or buy a basket from us

  • No Pre-picked strawberries this year. However, we may have contact information of people who may pick for you, please inquire

  • We have a credit/debit card machine - our preference is that you use the machine for payment instead of cash. Please bring cash as well in case the machine is not working.

General Instructions and COVID-19 Health & Safety protocols for patrons

Check in/out General Instructions: When you arrive at the farm please park in the parking area and walk to the check in/out line, there will be instructions indicating where to pick and you will be able to buy baskets if you don’t have any containers that have a metric volume clearly shown on them.

At the check in you will receive a card indicating what strawberry patch and aisle within the patch you will be picking in. Do not lose the card, it has to be returned when you finish picking. The picking aisle that will be assigned to you is the narrow path between two rows of strawberry bushes. You can pick the halves of the strawberry bushes closest to you.

While on the farm follow the below protocols.

If you have questions there will be staff there to help

Customer & Staff Health & Safety: Keeping customers and staff healthy and safe is our number one priority. Anyone who doesn’t follow the below may be asked to leave the strawberry patch and possibly the farm.

Food Safety: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) states that there is currently no evidence that food or food packages can be a source or route of transmission of the COVID 19 virus. However, we still recommend that you wash/rinse all fruit with water prior to eating, freezing or processing.

Pre-screening: Please complete a COVID-19 Self-Assessment prior to arriving at the farm. Stay at home if you are expressing symptoms of COVID-19.

Crowd Control:

  • We encourage Patrons to come on their own to pick strawberries.

  • If a family arrives together in one vehicle, we will consider the family as one unit that must stay close together. Families will be assigned one strawberry aisle to pick within.

  • Children must remain with the family unit and follow these protocols. Failure to do so may result in a family being asked to leave the property

  • Do not congregate with other Patrons

Baskets/Containers: We will not be lending out baskets this year. You may bring your own baskets/containers if a metric volume is clearly shown on it otherwise you will have to buy a basket from us at $1.00/basket. Our preference is that you bring your own if available.

Payment: We have a credit/debit card machine that can be used for payment. It accepts contactless, chip & pin as well as magstripe payments. It is our preference that all payments be made through a card transaction over cash. However, please bring cash as well in case there are any issues with the credit/debit card machine.

Social Distancing:

  • Please maintain a minimum 2m physical distance from other Patrons and staff.

  • Review the map that will be provided at the Check-in location and maintain the 2m physical distancing with other Patrons within the strawberry patch and foot paths.

Personal Protective Equipment: We will not be supplying any personal protective equipment. Please bring your own personal protective equipment, if you have available. We strongly recommend you wear masks and gloves while on the farm, especially while picking.

Sanitization: We will not be supplying any hand sanitizers for Patrons. Please bring your own hand sanitizer, if you have any available, to clean your hands before checking in as well as before and after checking out.

Strawberry Picking:

  • Please no sampling (eating) the fruit while in the patch;

  • Please stay within your assigned picking area;

  • Please pick cleanly within your assigned area, so that other Patrons are less likely to be touching the same fruit.

No pre-picked strawberries: We will not be selling pre-picked strawberries this year. If you know of someone who is unable to pick there own, please consider picking for them. We recommend that you wear a mask and gloves and that you follow proper hand sanitization. Maintain your social distance when delivering the fruit and recommend that whoever receives the fruit that they wash it before eating, freezing or processing.

Rhubarb for sale: We have limited quantities of rhubarb, but we do have some for sale. If you want to pick Rhubarb, please follow the same social distancing protocol. There will be a large pale for Patrons to remove and drop the Rhubarb leaves into. Try to touch only the stems that you want to pick

Washrooms: Please be aware that there are no washrooms or running water available on site. If you need water to drink or wash your hands please bring water with you.

Garbage: We consider garbage a health and safety hazard. We will have a garbage pail by the check out for patrons. We prefer however, that you take any garbage such as gloves, masks, etc, with you back home for disposal. It may be a good idea for you to have a bag in your vehicle for this purpose. Please do not leave any garbage on the ground or in the patch.

Pets: Please leave your pets at home.