Wind Ridge Farm

Pick-Your-Own Fruit

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your hours?

The farm is open from 8-noon when there is a good supply of ripe fruit.  It is not open everyday, though, so please check our website's Picking Udate page, Facebook or Twitter pages to be sure. Picking days are announced as soon as we know ourselves!

If you plan to arrive later in the morning, it's a good idea to call before you drive to the farm to confirm the supply.

There may be evening hours during peach season.

Farm stand hours for pre picked peaches are the same.

When do you answer the phone?

We answer the phone during announced business hours.  When the farm is closed, a recorded message with the most current picking information is available.  We usually don't pick up messages on a regular basis, so please call back during announced business hours or contact us by email.

How much?

Pick Your Own Blackberries   $3.49/lb

Pick Your Own Peaches        $1.69/lb

Pre Picked Peaches             $2.09/lb

Honey                              $21.25/qt,    $11.95/pt

What do you have at the farmstand already picked?

When peaches are in season, we sell some already picked at the farmstand. 

Our local supplier of honey has a slim supply for 2018, but we will try to get other local honey in, yet to be determined.

 We do not sell already picked berries.

Do I need to bring my own picking container?

We provide containers for your convenience, but if you have a peach peck box from our farm, re-use it and get a small rebate. We will happily do this to encourage you to re-use it. We don't accept them back.

When will peaches be ready?

In 2018 we expect the peach season to begin mid July and run through Labor day.  Please be sure to check the Picking Update page of the website in season for picking information.

Is picking confined to specific areas? 

 Yes, more or less.  We allow picking in areas that have ripe fruit available.  Our Field customer service employees will bring a group of people to a picking area and ask them to spread out.  Yes, it is monitored, but if picking gets thin, our Field employees will help you find another spot.  Our goals for you are to have a pleasant experience and get lots of deliciously, ripe fruit.

May I order pre-picked fruit over the phone?

No, we don't take phone orders.

May I bring my pet into the orchard?  

No, please leave it at home.

Will you come to my house and show me how to take care of my peach/apple, etc trees?  How do I prune, plant, spray, and care for blueberries, peaches, or blackberries?

That is a service we don't provide, but there is very good information online.  The University of Michigan is an excellent resource, as are Google and Youtube. The Kemper Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden may also be helpful. 

Where do you get your plants?

 We buy from various nurseries throughout the Mid-West, but Stark Bros in Louisiana, MO gets much of our business.

Why do you have netting up over the blueberries?

Birds love berries as much as we do. They would eat at least half of them every year. The net keeps many out.

Do you spray with pesticides?

Yes, but only if necessary, with approved products according to directions.  It is impossible to grow peaches in Missouri without doing so. We use IPM to help reduce spraying.

Should we wash the fruit before it is eaten?

Yes, it's a good idea to wash all fruits and vegetables.

May I take fruit off the ground?

No, fruit on the ground isn't clean, and may be spoiled. We don't sell or give it away.

What are you doing about food safety? 

We follow federal guidelines for farms that grow fruit.  

Will you please donate to my cause?

Please go to the "Donations" tab for information.

Where can I pick strawberries and raspberries?

We don't grow these, but this place does: Lakeview Farms, 8265 Mexico Rd., St. Peters, MO, tel.636-978-8830, or on the web at: www.lakeview-farms.com. This is where Barry and I pick.

For information about other local farms and what they grow, go to www.pickyourown.org, www.localharvest.org or Farmer Maps.

Are there chiggers, snakes, or any other things we should know about?

Once a season or so we see snakes, but the good kind. We've never seen poisonous ones on the farm. If you are worried about chiggers, come prepared.  If you are observant, you may see deer, coyotes, foxes or turkeys in the orchard. If they see you, they will run away.

What are the best ones to pick?

All the varieties we grow are proven customer favorites. The best ones are ripe and ready to pick the day you arrive. Having said that, only you can determine your favorites.  Come out a few times during the season to test for yourself. (Click Crops for varieties and picking tips.)

Equivalents:

Blueberry Equivalents

1 pint yields

3/4 pound

2 pints or 1 quart yields

1.5 pounds

3 pounds yield

one 9-inch pie

 Peach Equivalents

 1 pound yields

3 medium peaches

3 cups peeled and sliced

2 cups puree

 1 bushel yields

48 pounds peaches

18-24 quarts sliced peaches

4 pecks

 1 peck yields

10-12 pounds

If you have a question that you'd like to ask, please email us at customerservice@windridgefarm.net