U-PiCK-FARM STORE-Holiday Chocolate Shop
Sweet Seasons U-Pick Organic (cng) Fruit Farm
Welcome to our Organic, Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) fruit farm! We want to offer you the
best tasting, most nutrient dense, clean and safe-to-eat fruit. Having an enjoyable experience on the
farm is our goal for you! We have two (2) blueberry orchards, the large one is 2.5 acres with 2,421 plants. The small one, 'Blueberry Nook' has 75 plants with chairs for those who want to 'Sit n' Pick'. We also have 500' of Raspberry a small Organic Apple orchard with 40 heirloom / heritage apple trees, a hedgerow of "Hazelberts" which are a cross between American Hazelnuts and European Filberts along with our newest 2019 planted "Superfood" orchard which include: Aronia, Elderberry, Black Currant and Nanking Cherry.
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CERTIFIED NATURALLY GROWN:
We care about people and the land. Our aim is to continue to keep plant anthocyanins, (class of antioxidants),very high in our fruit crop. This is our 9th year of holding the honor of following "Holistic" / "Organic' growing methods and management through Certified Naturally Grown aka "CNG" certification. We invite customers to "Know their Farmer" through "Customer Inspections" held annually in early late June / early July. Our input list, inspection reports and certification is fully disclosed in the farm store for anyone to review.
HOLISTIC / HEIRLOOM ORGANIC (cng) BLUEBERRIES
SPARTAN / PATRIOT / BLUERAY / NORTHLAND / BLUECROP The "BIG" orchard is 2.5 acres, 2.400 plants in full sun. (Please bring hat, sun glasses, sun block, water bottle, etc.)
THE BIG ORCHARD: The Big Blueberry Orchard is 2.5 acres with 2,421 Northern High Bush berry bushes that have been in ground 6 years now, with 5 varieties to choose from. Each row has a sign with its name. There are three (3) fruitings in the big orchard. The "First Fruits' are very large berries the second fruiting is still large and the 3rd fruiting is small.
This orchard is in full sun on a hill with beautiful views! Please bring hat, glasses water bottle and sun block to keep yourself cool and hydrated.
THE SMALLER ORCHARD (BLUEBERRY NOOK):
The Blueberry Nook is OPEN! This is a quiet and mostly shaded place up to 1:00pm It's a good place for those who prefer smaller more intimate spaces. Unlike the Big Orchard, these bushes are an even more diverse in varieties with some with some fully mature bushes and exotic low bush/wild berries! We have chairs in this orchard so you can "Sit n' Pick" in the shade.
FREQUENT PICKER PROGRAM: Everyone who registers at the farm is automatically enrolled in the Frequent Picker Program you begin receiving discounts once you reach 25 lbs. Come as many times as you like to pick and enjoy your dicounts upon reaching 25 lbs. picked and 50 lbs. picked. The discount is applied to the last pounds you pick that equal 25 lb. and 50 lbs. and continues throughout the 6 week blueberry season, so visit as often as you want and don't worry about keeping track - we will do this for you!
ORGANIC (CNG) BLUEBERRY PRICES: Organic (cng) Blueberries are priced as follow:
1-24 lbs. $4.25 lb. (equal to $3.25 Pint)
25+lbs. $4.00 lb. (equal to $3.00 Pint)
50+ lbs. $3.75 lb. (equal to $2.82 Pint)
During the harvest we accept: CASH // VENMO // CHECK w/ your address & phone number
PICK N" EAT: Our very popular, "All You Can Pick N' Eat" for Blueberries returns! (Samples of Apples are provided in the Farm Store). This option is for those who LOVE to eat Blueberries while picking and is only $3.75 per person. This option allows you to enjoy yourself and eat all you want while helping to offset the financial costs involved with a blueberry crop that is suppose to be sold, rather than eaten on site. Your honesty in letting us know you enjoyed the "All You Can Pick N' Eat" option is appreciated as it shows you care about eating well along with helping to support the farmer's livelihood who grows these organic (cng) berries for you. It also keeps the USDA Loan Officer, the Farmers and the Parents relaxed! There's no nagging on this farm! If you are a serious picker and don't want to eat while picking, that's fine! (Please do sample 1 or 2 berries from each variety so you know what you like! (The "Pick N' Eat" option is available as long as Vermont Dept. of Health policies and regulations approve of human food consumption in "Open Food Source Farms").
PICKING CONTAINERS: We supply sanitized picking containers for berries and apples. If you bring your own containers, please leave them in the car or on the table near the farm store until you are ready to check out. If you don't have containers to transport your berries and apples, there are "Green Recyclable" bags you can purchase for 10 cents each.
HOLISTIC / HEIRLOOM ORGANIC (cng) APPLES
Our small, intimate, Heirloom Apple PYO orchard is OPEN! You can pick your own in the orchard or the farm store! Varieties are available as the season progresses. We also showcase Holistic / NOFA Certified Organic Apple Varieties from Lost Nation Orchard, Walden Heights Nursery & Orchard and Cates Hill Farm.
ORGANIC (CNG) APPLE PRICES: $3.00 lb. for PYO whether you are picking in the orchard or from Sweet Seasons Farm's Certified Naturally Grown (cng) Apples in the farm store coolers! (Prices from our New England farmer friend's Holistic, NOFA Certified Organic Apples varieties are priced as marked.)
MAPLE CARAMEL APPLES, UNPASTURIZED ORGANIC (CNG) CIDER, CHOCOLATE CONFECTIONS AND CIDER APPLE FRITTERS: We are told that some of the best tasting Maple Caramel Apples are coming from our farm! It's because we use 100% holistic / organic ingredients in our recipe! Every weekend through October 30, 2022 Each weekend, we have a fresh supply of Maple Caramel Apples, Unpasturized Organic (cng) Cider, sold by the glass jar, Crispy fried Cider Apple Fritters and an assortment of Chocolate confections such as: Frozen Peppermint Patties, Frozen Pink Cider Bars, Bonbons, Peanut Butter Patties, Chocolate Strawberries, Maple Caramel Apples are available in September. Sept 17 through Oct. 30. The popular and delicious "Holiday Chocolate Shop" at the farm store opens November through December 23, 2022.
CHILDREN: Children of all ages are WELCOME and are kindly asked to be gentle with our plants and trees when picking. So, come out and enjoy a GREAT and relaxing TIME of picking! (The AIRPLANE TEETER TOTTER is "flying up" to the Picnic Area this autumn during the Apple Harvest.
PARKING / PICNIC / PORTA POTTY / PETS:
For Everyone's SAFETY Please drive your vehicle all the way to the "PARK HERE" signs. We need to leave plenty of room for children and adults to walk to and fro their vehicles as well as cars that are driving up or backing out. The Picnic Area is OPEN to enjoy a snack or lunch - please pack out your trash. The PORTA POTTY is very well maintained! Please help us keep it nice and clean!
Pets are NOT permitted anywhere on the farm grounds during business hours at Sweet Seasons Farm. If you are traveling with your pet, they must remain in your vehicle at all times and must be kept cool and comfortable
THIS FARM IS NOT HANDICAP OR LIMITED MOBILITY ACCESSIBLE: The orhards are on a mountain hillside containing a 20% grade in the steepest areas with undulating, uneven, unstable ground in all areas. We deem our orchards to be UNSAFE for those with physical disabilities or restricted / limited mobility..
WARNING --- There is no safe method to make these orchards Handicap Accessible. If you choose to enter these orchards, you are assuring the owners of Sweet Seasons Farm that you assume and take 100% responsibility and liability for your personal health and safety.
Federal laws (ADA) legally offer rights to those with physical disabilities to be accomplanied by a trained, licensed Service Animal into a PYO / U-Pick Farm regardless of Vermont Laws or Farm Owner's release of liability which clearly state inherit risks and dangers of visiting agritourism businesses, which include but are not limited to Pick-Your-Own / U-Pick open food source farms that are situation on a mountain slope.
Should you wish to visit our farm with a Service Animal, you must be willing to declare AND agree in writing that you are fully aware that accessing our orchards are not safe for individuals with physical disabilities, limited mobility and that you assume 100% risk and libility for the actions of the Service Animal and yourself in addition to agreeing to abide by the regulations set by the farm owners, their insurance companies and Vermont Department of Health. The regulations and liability are described in a legally binding Indenmity Agreement that must be understood, agreed to and signed by the guest in possession of a service animal along with accompanying visitors and the farm owner before the visit is scheduled.
Visits with Service Animals in open food sourced orchards at Sweet Seasons Farm are by private appointment which must be made 2 weeks in advanced of your visit day / time. They are held only during regular business hours and require the farm owner to be available to observe your party with the Service Animal for the full duration of your visit in the orchards. The farm owners are not qualified nor required to assume liability to provide any physical assistance for you as you attempt to access, move about and exit orchards which ARE CLEARLY NOT HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE.
Warning --- There is no safe method to make these orchards Handicap Accessible. YOU are entering these orchards at your own risk and could jepardize your personal safety and health.
MAPLE CARAMEL APPLES, UNPASTURIZED ORGANIC (CNG) CIDER, CIDER APPLE FRITTERS & CHOCOLATE CONFECTIONS: We are told that some of the best tasting Maple Caramel Apples are coming from our farm! It's because we use 100% holistic / organic ingredients in our recipe! Frozen Peppermint Patties, Frozen Pink Cider Bars, Bonbons, Chocolate Strawberries, Chocolate Dipped Oreos and more are made fresh each week and stocked in the farm store every FRIDAY. As the season progresses so do the confections, Maple Caramel Apples are available in September. The popular and delicious "Holiday Chocolate Shop" at the farm store opens November through December 23, 2023.
Holiday Chocolate Shop
The "Holiday Chocolate Shop' is a very special and festive place to visit during the Holiday season! This is the time of year when we "harvest" and let you "Pick Your Own" European Couverture Chocolate Confections for all those on your gift lists!
The Holiday Chocolate Shop OPENS these dates in 2023: Valentines Week: Thursday, February 9 through Tuesday February 14.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm / Sunday: Noon - 6pm.
The Holiday Chocolate Shop returns from Mid-November through December 23, 2023, Sweet Season's Farm Store transforms into a beautiful and tasty shop of hand-made artisan confections using the Organic fruit & nuts grown on this farm and other farms in VT and the U.S.A. We 'know our farmers' and can tell you which farms supply us with the fruit, nut and spices used in our confections. The rich flavor, with no added sugar, attests to the quality of the confections. Everything you see at our online store and more is available in the Holiday Chocolate Shop.
Genuinely made with exquisite European Couverture Chocolate. Sue, who received her training from Ecole Chocolat, is truly an organic (cng) farmer by day and artisan chocolatier by night!
Note about Public & Personal Health Choices ---
The owners of Sweet Seasons Farm are not legally / financially qualified or authorized to monitor or discuss with you anyone’s personal medical / health choices or conditions, including their own, their employees, visitors and customers.
Any discussion is only permitted between the owners and the person(s) who express symptoms of highly contagious illness, and this discussion is limited in scope.
All visitors, customers, employees or service personnel of Sweet Seasons Farm assume 100% liability for their own medical / health choices or conditions when visiting the farm.
U-Pick Organic (CNG) Apples --- Our small, intimate orchard is perfect for those who seek to pick and eat Holistic, Organically grown apples. This year's picking / harvest begins September. We are so very grateful to be able to sell in our farm store Holistic and delicious apples from renown Holistic Apple Grower Master: Michael Philips of Lost Nation Orchard AND 30+ years experience from NOFA Certified Organic Nurseryman/Grower Todd Parlo of Walden Heights Nursery and Orchard.
U-Pick Organic (CNG) Raspberries 500' of hedgerow - this year's picking starts early July through early August. (By Appointment) between 8am - 11:00am call: 802-274-2365)
U-Pick Organic (CNG) Blueberries 2,500 plants - this year's picking starts around 3rd week of JULY, 2023 through mid September (crop and weather dependent).