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Tom's Berry Patch is a berry & crop farm that grows various berries for the public and commercial purposes. Owner, Tom Duyck also grows grains and vegetables that may or not be available for purchase. Whether you are looking to buy pre-picked berries or pick them yourself, you will find what you need at our farm.
varieties yet TBD!
Cherries, Peaches, Nectarines, Apples, Corn, Green beans, Pumpkins and more!
Jam/Jelly/BBQ sauce from Handmade in Vernonia, Meat sticks (Benefiting local Boy Scout Troop), Honey sourced from local farms by Bee Way Honey and we are working on providing other products as well!
For over 45 years Tom has been farming this land and growing berries, corn, wheat and grasses to name a few, harvesting his crops for distribution locally and overseas.
Over 10 years ago he decided to start selling his berries wholesale to local produce stands before venturing out to do his own u-pick stand!
Kristin has been managing the berry stand from the beginning with her husband Harold. In 2020 they started taking over the reins of running the harvesting of the berry fields as well while Tom starts the road to retirement. You will also see her 3 children tagging along and helping where they can while she is busy taking on this new role!
Andrea has been around since the beginning as well and bringing along her two children to help out where ever they are needed every summer.
She will continue to work the berry stand and help maintain customer relations and online ordering for the berry stand side of the business.
We are not an organic farm, but limit our use of chemicals best we can. We have trained and licensed applicators to spray our fields as needed, when needed all the while following the laws and rules on the labels for the chemicals we apply. We work closely with agronomists to monitor fields and ensure we apply correct amounts for what is needed for the health of the plants and maintain pest control. This includes keeping them to a minimum to reduce our impact to the environment.
This also means we cannot harvest our products to local processors unless we follow these rules. Most of this is done before berries are even emerging or ripening on the bushes. Very rarely, we have to spray for a fungus or an invasive species mid-season to keep from losing our entire crop. When this happens we have the fields closed for a few days to allow for the spray to "wear off/dissipate" or in some cases it just needs to rain and the field is safe to enter again.
In the case of residue, just a normal washing of your berries is sufficient to wash away contaminants, especially on the blueberries with their tough skins! We would never allow customers to buy or eat our produce unless we thought it was safe enough to eat ourselves
If you have further questions or comments please feel free to contact us!
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