Frequently Asked Questions
If your question is not addressed below, please feel free to reach out! We would love to chat!
"When will you open for the season?"
“The wet spring weather we have been having is throwing off our normal timeline; we anticipate opening for the first weekend in June but will update this space as well as our social channels when we set a solid date. Be sure to follow our pages on Facebook and Instagram to get updates."
"Can I take professional photos on your farm?"
"We love hosting photographers and photo sessions on our farm. All booking for photography is handled through our wedding and event venue. Please visit The Butler Barn to fill out an inquiry and someone from our team will get you scheduled!
"Can I bring my dog/cat/horse with me to your farm?"
“Due to food safety reasons, we are a pet-free farm environment. The only exception to this policy is for trained service animals.”
"What is a tayberry?"
“A tayberry is a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry. We have several rows growing on our farm that you can pick when they are ripe in season!?”
“What is a blackcap?”
“A blackcap is a black raspberry. They are generally used for clothing and textile dyes, but are actually higher in antioxidants than blueberries!"
“What is a marionberry?”
“A marionberry is a cross between Chehalem and Olallie blackberries, named after Marion County, Oregon.”
“Are these berries organic?”
“We are not a certified organic farm, but the Hoffman Family uses the most sustainable farming methods possible.”
“Do you spray your berries?”
“Hoffman Farms Store is a family farming operation and we are dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality fruit possible in a safe, clean field environment. Food Safety is our highest priority. Each year, our farm participates in a third-party audit conducted by PrimusGFSI, which provides us with GAP/GMP certifications - the highest Food Safety certifications in the produce industry. We are not a certified organic farm, but we use the most sustainable farming practices possible for our large-scale operation. Throughout the growing season, we use an integrated pest management program (IPM), which includes field scouting and noise machines in the field. As part of our IPM, we apply limited amounts of crop protectants to ensure healthy plants and berries, although we do this on an as-needed basis. Our family works diligently to use only minimal amounts of crop protectants, because we also enjoy picking and eating the fruit we grow on our farm! Short answer: We are not organic. We are a sustainable commercial-scale family business striving to produce the BEST fruit for your family as well as our own.”
“What other berries do you grow?”
“Hoffman Farms specializes in Blueberries – we are currently growing 140 acres. For U-Pick, we grow Strawberries (Hood, Albion, Sweet Sunrise, Shuksan), Boysenberries, Marionberries, Tayberries, Red Raspberries (Willamette, Coho, Cascade), Golden Raspberries (Caroline) and Blueberries (Duke, Elliott, Aurora, Legacy and Liberty). We also grow blackberries (Triple Crown) and blackcaps.”
“Where do you get your pies?”
“We have a bakery at our Home Farm location, which is across the river off of Scholls Sherwood Rd. Our pies are baked fresh several times a week using our own berries.”
“Who makes your jellies and jams?”
“All of our jams and jellies are made with OUR OWN berries in a commercial kitchen in Newberg.”
“How long have you been here?”
“The Hoffman Family purchased this property from the Butler/Flint family in 2008. We opened the Farm Store the following summer. Learn more about our story here.”
“What is that tower thing I see in all of your branding and photos?”
“The Butler Tower is an historic water tower dating back to the late 1800s. When it was first built, it had a windmill on top and a 500-gallon wooden water tank in the top story. There are two working wells at the base of the tower, and the windmill would have generated power to fill the tank, while gravity would have fed the water to the house and the farm. The Hoffman Family is planning to restore the windmill to the top – they are currently looking for an historically accurate replacement.”
“How many pounds of berries fit in one of your picking buckets?”
“One bucket, heaping full, usually holds around 6lbs.”
“How many pounds are in a flat of strawberries? How many buckets is that?”
“One flat weighs about 11lbs of strawberries, a half-flat weights approximately 5.5lbs. Usually two buckets will fill a flat box.”