In order to have a successful U-Pick season during the Covid-19 pandemic, careful planning and adjustments must be made with how we manage our guests, and our crops.
As a way for us to operate more efficiently, and meet the state and federal recommendations for social distancing, we are managing the U-Pick fields using primarily an online reservation system. We hope that this will help us better manage our guest experience and safely maintain our crops during this time.
Groups looking to pick larger quantities that may require more time please note in the comments area.
Using an online reservation system is something new for us. So please have patience as we navigate new territory, and work out the kinks.
We have measured the fields, made maps, and divided them into sections according to social distancing and safe harvest guidelines mandated by the State of Massachusetts. This provides us a guideline for how many guests we can accomodate in each field.
Everyday we will assess how much fruit is available for picking, and post on the online calendar. We will update the calendar daily with availability. Depending on the supply of ripe fruit, the calendar will only have a few days at a time to schedule.
HOW TO MAKE A RESERVATION
- Read all instructions, rules, price information, and policies before making your reservation
- Go to “Book U-Pick Now” at the bottom of this page, and select the desired month and year you wish to visit, then the “Go” button
- Days with available picking times will be displayed with the total number of spots available at each time. This calendar is a live calendar, and reflects accurate numbers of available spots.
- Groups are limited to 5 people per group. Groups larger than 5 people will need to make more than one reservation. We will do our best to accomodate you, but we can not guarantee that you will pick near each other.
- Groups larger than 12 people must contact our tour director.
- Select the day and time you wish to visit
- Fill out the reservation form, including everyone in your party, toddler age and up.
- Select any reservation extras and review your order before submitting.
- Additional containers and other add ons may be done at check in. Per state guidance please do not bring containers from home. If there is a change in your parties number, please notify us ASAP by email or calling 508-330-5491
- Once your reservation is made, you cannot make cancellations or adjustments to your own reservation. Changes must be done by our tour coordinator.
- Email email@example.com with any questions or concerns
- If you do not have online access, please call 508-330-5491 for assistance with a reservation.
*Click the link to take you to the reservation page for fruits that are currently available.
*Pricing is on the reservation link. Boxes are prepaid, and sold by volume, therefore you must not overfill the boxes. Prices can be subject to change when new reservations are opened.
Admission includes access to the Barnyard Animals and Playground, Picnic Area, and Wagon Rides when available.
Our Admissions process has changed.
All guests will need to schedule their visit online, and may have a time limit on their experience in the field. We will use an online reservation system initially, and continue to do so until the state eases restrictions. If we feel we have enough ripe fruit and space to manage the crowds we will offer “walk in/open picking times.”
- Social distancing of at least 6 feet will be observed and maintained in all areas of the farm.
- Masks are required to enter the farm. Any guests over the age of 2 must properly be wearing a mask. Guests under 2 that are not wearing a mask should not touch the plants or fruit.
- Hand washing is required before entering the PYO field.
- In order to maintain a field clean of strawberry insect and disease pests and human pathogens ALL RIPE FRUIT MUST BE PICKED, small and large, as you progress down the row. Ripe fruit cannot be left behind.
- CHILDREN MUST stay within arms reach of adults and not wander in the field. Children that cannot stay close to their adults will have to leave the field.
- Eating or sampling fruit in the fields and orchards is not permitted, by order of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Eating cherries and/or spitting cherry pits is not permitted.
- Plant the “I Stopped Here” Flag in the ground where you have finished picking so we know what has been picked clean and where we can start the next group.
- When our picnic area is allowed to open, No outside food is permitted. Our picnic area is reserved for guests purchasing food items from our Farm Store.
Health and Safety Pledge
Our Pledge to You
The health and safety of our guests, staff, and animals is paramount to the Tougas farmily. As we prepare to reopen, we pledge to do our part to keep you safe by enhancing our already-stringent cleaning protocols and by implementing these additional courses of action:
- Staff health. Staff follow a self certifying process before starting each work day.
- Increased disinfecting routines and cleaning protocols. Enhanced measures may call for temporary closures or delays in certain areas during your visit, including restrooms. We appreciate your patience.
- Hand washing stations will be readily available throughout the farm.
- Minimizing opportunities for “touch,” including pre-paid containers for picking and touchless pay systems.
- Sneeze guards have been put in place at cash registers and in food service areas.
- Staff will wear face coverings and utilize gloves when working with the general public, with other employees, and while handling produce and food products. If staff are working independently on an outdoor project they do not have to wear a mask.
- All vehicles and tools will be cleaned and sanitized regularly
- Retail spaces, PYO fields, and picnic areas will comply with appropriate social distancing guidelines, and follow all State regulations.
- Some areas of the farm may need to remain temporarily closed to ensure guest safety, such as our barnyard and playground.
- We will operate at a capacity that follows state guidelines for PYO, including proper social distancing and limiting the number of guests per acre in the fields.
- A reservation system will be used to book picking times for U-Pick. This will help us manage the crowds and state guidelines for PYO more effectively.
- We will provide all packaging for picking, and for purchases in the Farm Store. No reusable containers at this time.
- Hours of operation: There will be dedicated time in the morning for adults only picking, and we will open early one day a week for guests age 60+ and those needing special assistance. As we monitor demand, protocols and guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we may add more picking times, or alternatively, need to limit the number of guests in our fields.
Your Pledge to Us
We are committed to keeping you healthy and safe; We rely on you to do your part to protect yourself and your family:
- Stay home if you, or someone in your family/group is sick, have a vulnerable immune system, or are considered at-risk as identified by the CDC – including those who are over the age of 65 or those who have severe underlying medical conditions.
- Self certify that you are have not had any of the following symptoms:
- A fever or measured temperature above 100.3 degrees or greater
- A cough or trouble breathing within the past 24 hours.
- Muscle pain
- Sore Throat
- New loss of taste or small
- Have not had “close contact” with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19. “Close contact” means living in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, caring for a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for about 15 minutes, or coming in direct contact with secretions (e.g., sharing utensils, being coughed on) from a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, while that person was symptomatic.
- Have not been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by their doctor or a local public health official.
- Upon entry to any retail space or the PYO Fields wash your hands, and wash and/or sanitize your hands frequently throughout your visit at the farm.
- For the safety of other guests and our staff, face coverings are required during your visit to the farm. Following state guidelines, anyone over the age of 2 will need a mask and to wear it properly during your time at the farm.
- Follow social distancing guidelines by maintaining at least 6-feet of physical distance between groups.
- Refrain from gathering on site with friends or family in groups of more than 10.
- Minors must have parental supervision at all times and STAY WITHIN ARMS REACH.
Please know that if you don’t feel comfortable visiting the Farm right now that we understand and encourage you to delay your visit until a time in the future when you do feel comfortable. We believe each of us has to individually make the decision as to what we feel is right and/or safe for ourselves and our families; and with that decision comes personal responsibility to voluntarily assume and accept all related risks associated with that decision, including the potential risk of exposure to COVID-19. We will continue to offer our Online Store with drive up pickup to our customers who prefer not to pick their own fruit or visit the Farm Store area.
Our guidelines are subject to change as needed to comply with mandates issued during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are striving to offer a safe, fun and educational experience when visitingTougas Family Farm. Our family and staff appreciates your support and look forward to seeing you