• Jerry’s Berries Strawberry U-Pick Baltimore Ohio {Farm Tour}

    by  • June 10, 2013 • Farm & Market Tours, Farm Tours, Featured, Ohio • 12 Comments

    jerry's berriesFinding strawberries seems to be an ever-elusive springtime goal of mine. No other fruit causes me to panic when I can’t get them because of weather or farm issues or my own busy-ness. Strawberries are typically my first local preserves of the season, the turning point when empty jars become full again.

    This year was no exception. My favorite farm from last year, Bird’s Haven, had no u-pick berries available due to deer pressure while work and family distractions delayed finding a new farm. Our own patch produced well but only enough for a daily handful. I found myself fixated on picking strawberries once again.

    Alex, Lil, and I were finally able to find a morning to visit a highly-recommended farm new to us. Jerry’s Berries is located south east of Columbus in Baltimore, Ohio, a forty minute drive from our homestead.

    strawberry variety northeaster

    What makes Jerry’s unique among local farms is the number of varieties. Each are labeled and pickers are encouraged to taste the rows to find their favorite. Our family preferred NorthEaster and Sparkle. Both of these kinds are small but highly flavorful, making them worth the extra time spent picking and processing.

    Jerry’s will provide a basket or you can bring your own to weigh before picking. Berries are $1.90 per pound. The entire berry patch is contained in a tall deer fence, which conveniently keeps kids close too. Some varieties were picked over but we (two adults and a child more interested in her stuffed cat than filling a basket) were able to gather 15.75 pounds in 90 minutes.

    jerry's berries fields

    The farm claims to use no pesticides and follow natural practices; indeed their plants appear naturally healthy. Weeds and pollinator insects are abundant but not so much as to be a problem to u-pickers. Jerry shared that they do use chemical fertilizers to replace nutrient loss. He expects the farm to have berries for another couple weeks – the website is updated daily with picking conditions.

    child picking strawberries with stuffed catchild carrying home basket of berries

    Our opinion is that Jerry’s Berries is simple and lovely. Rows are mulched generously with straw, making the hunt for small, flavorful berries pleasant. There are no items for sale other than u-pick berries, something I very much appreciate. No mother who just sweated over 10 pounds of sweet, juicy berries should have to negotiate about junk food while settling up with the farmer.

    Now that my first fruit of the year are in the pantry, I can release the panicky feeling. Fresh fruit and vegetables are more abundant every day and soon all the empty jars will be filled again.

    Jerry’s Berrieswww.jerrysberries.com

    2849 Basil Western Rd. Baltimore Ohio 43105 USA
    Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Sundays, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Phone: 740-862-8819 or 740-862-8481

     

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    12 Responses to Jerry’s Berries Strawberry U-Pick Baltimore Ohio {Farm Tour}

    1. June 10, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      We went there last week and were very happy. The berries are delicious and I loved that I could obsessively pick while the kids ran around, steeling from my baskets and playing in the rows, occasionally picking a berry or two.

      • June 13, 2013 at 11:27 am

        I loved seeing all the kids running around instead of parents being worried about roads or barns.

    2. June 10, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Glad you were finally able to get your strawberry fix. Also glad to see a great looking strawberry farm close to us. We’ll have to check it out and finally make some of our own preserves!

      • June 13, 2013 at 11:28 am

        You don’t make your own preserves yet? It’s so fun and easy! Well, nothing is easy with a newborn around…

    3. June 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

      We visited this past weekend and walked away with a ton of beautifully-looking berries. Also always nice to visit a business where you’re greeted by a cute dog.

      • June 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

        The dog wasn’t around when we were there. Boo.

    4. June 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Love that you found Jerry’s and had a great experience. My family made it out to pick while I was on a trip and we have made some jam (we live just right around the corner). And I am excited they are getting great publicity from your visit!

      • June 13, 2013 at 11:26 am

        It’s a beautiful area – you’re lucky to live so close!

    5. Holly u
      June 17, 2013 at 6:56 am

      That place sounds great! We live not too far away in yellow springs, and yet I had a terrible time finding a upick farm with minimal chemical use. We did finally find a place that hadn’t sprayed, a patch that was basically in someone’s large, country back yard. Turns out she hadn’t srprayed that year because she had gotten a part time job and didn’t have time. A total fluke! I don’t really want to drive as far as Baltimore to pick, but you’ve tempted me!

      • June 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

        I’ve heard Jerry’s is about out of strawberries, though. It’s probably better worth your time to head north at this point.

    6. grandma
      June 19, 2013 at 11:19 am

      I just saw a neat hint for testing jam to see if it’s done. Freeze the spoon and dip it in the jam. Instant test!

      • June 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

        That’s how I teach people in my classes and it really works! I can usually tell by the way jam sheets off a spoon but that requires experience.

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