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COVID-19 RESPONSE

U-Pick at Hoffman Farms Store will be slightly different this year due to the pandemic circumstances we are experiencing; however, we are confident that our customers can safely visit our farm while practicing social distancing.

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U-Pick Berries

The health and safety of our customers, employees, and produce has always been a top priority for our family, and this year is no different (although our global circumstances certainly are).

 

With that being said, Due to Covid-19 and the current social distancing protocols put in place by the State of Oregon, we have been forced to rethink how we handle our U-Pick and operation in general.

U-Pick In A Pandemic

Our family has implemented new systems to encourage social distancing as well as to eliminate touch surfaces on our farm. Here are a few of the changes to our U-Pick Protocol that we have put into place for this season:
 

  • We have eliminated the use of picking buckets. We will provide cardboard boxes of various sizes/price points for U-Pick.

  • U-Pick Berries will no longer be weighed at our scales; each box has a set price based on our calculations of how much picked fruit can fit in each.

  • Since they are very difficult to sanitize, we will not be providing wagons. Families are encouraged to bring their own wagon, cart, or stroller if they wish to use them.

  • If we reach capacity in our fields, we will implement a "one family out/one family in" system.

  • We have moved all of our cash registers, bakery case, and other products (candles, produce, kettle corn, etc.) outside and have marked out a 6ft distance for our customers while standing in line.

  • Our employees will all be wearing masks.

  • We will sanitize our scales, PIN pads, and countertops in between customers.
     

In order to help us keep our farm safe for all, here is what we are asking of our customers:
 

  • All customers will be required to wear masks to enter our farm store property. Masks are required when shopping at our farm store, interacting with our employees, or passing/picking near other customers.

  • Customers are asked to wash their hands prior to entering our U-Pick Field and asked NOT TO EAT BERRIES while picking for sanitation reasons.

  • While on our farm, we ask that you be mindful of others' personal space and maintain a 6ft perimeter at all times - especially while picking in the field. Parents, please keep a close eye on your children.

  • We ask that our customers limit their time visiting our farm and do not linger beyond picking berries/purchasing produce.
     

We will continue to monitor the news as well as learn from experience as we enter this uncharted territory. These policies are subject to change without notice at any point in time, although we will do our best to keep you as informed as possible via this newsletter as well as our social media channels.


We sincerely appreciate your flexibility and support. We will get through this crazy time as long as we work together to keep each other safe. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please email us at hello@hoffmanfarmsstore.com.

For more information about U-Pick in general on our farm, please click here.

Our employees will be wearing masks and will be doing all that we can to keep our customers safe during their visit to our family farm.
Our customers are encouraged to wear masks as well.

5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BERRY PICKING AT HOFFMAN FARMS STORE

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NO PET POLICY

General Farm Covid Response

Our family has implemented new systems to encourage social distancing as well as to eliminate touch surfaces on our farm. Here are a few of the changes to our General Farm Protocol that we have put into place for this season:
 

  • U-Pick Berries will no longer be weighed at our scales; each box has a set price based on our calculations of how much picked fruit can fit in each.

  • We have moved all of our cash registers, bakery case, and other products (candles, produce, kettle corn, etc.) outside and have marked out a 6ft distance for our customers while standing in line.

  • We have installed a no-touch takeout window from our farm kitchen for milkshakes, shortcakes, and other food items.

  • When our Farmhouse Kitchen BBQ food truck opens, it will be for takeout only.

  • Our employees will all be wearing masks.

  • We have installed plexi-glass at our cash registers to further protect our customers and employees during their interactions at the register.

  • We will sanitize our scales, PIN pads, and countertops in between customers.

  • For the time being, we are not hosting birthday parties or field trips on our farm.

  • Our playground will be closed and the Hoffman Farms Express Train will not be running. There will be no picnic space available at this time (although we are hopeful that this will change soon and we will be able to welcome you and your family to enjoy a full day on our farm SOON)!


In order to help us keep our farm safe for all, here is what we are asking of our customers:
 

  • All customers will be required to wear masks to enter our farm store property. Masks are required when shopping at our farm store, interacting with our employees, or passing/picking near other customers.

  • Customers are asked to wash their hands prior to entering our U-Pick Field and asked NOT TO EAT BERRIES while picking for sanitation reasons.

  • While on our farm, we ask that you be mindful of others' personal space and maintain a 6ft perimeter at all times - especially while picking in the field. Parents, please keep a close eye on your children.

  • We ask that our customers limit their time visiting our farm and do not linger beyond picking berries/purchasing produce.
     

We will continue to monitor the news as well as learn from experience as we enter this uncharted territory. These policies are subject to change without notice at any point in time, although we will do our best to keep you as informed as possible via this newsletter as well as our social media channels.


We sincerely appreciate your flexibility and support. We will get through this crazy time as long as we work together to keep each other safe. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please email us at hello@hoffmanfarmsstore.com.

For more information regarding our general farm policies and practices,
check out our Frequently Asked Questions

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- CLOSED FOR FALL REFRESH -

We will open for fall on

September 23.

 

Please note that our fields close
30 minutes prior to our store closing

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