Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When does Strawberry Season start and how long does it last?
A: Strawberry season begins in June and opening day varies from year to year. In the 2013 Season strawberry season started on June 1 and it continue until about the end of June, until our ever baring varieties of strawberries have re-flowered, which will allow for another U-Pick in July, August and September. The peak of the strawberry season is usually the middle two weeks. We expect strawberry season to begin on May 31, 2014 – The day the farm opens for the season!
Q: How much are the U-Pick Strawberries per pound?
A: Our Certified Organic Strawberries are $2.50/ lb.
Q: When does Blueberry Season start and how long does it last?
A: Blueberry Season usually begins at the beginning of July and lasts through Mid- August.
Q: How much are the U-Pick Blueberries per pound?
A: Our Certified Organic Blueberries are $3.00/lb
Q: What other berries do you grow for U-Pick?
A: We also grow Certified Organic Marionberries and Thornless Blackberries.
Q: Do I need to bring my own container for berry picking?
A: No, you do not need to bring your own container. We have buckets available for you to pick into and we put them in bags for you to take home. We love it when you bring your own containers though, because it helps reduce waste and our carbon foot-print!
Q: Do you have Hood Strawberries already-picked in the store?
A: We typically do not carry already-picked Hoods in the store since their shelf-life is short. So, if you would like already-picked Hoods, please email Samara@bellaorganic.com. (Please give at least 24 hours notice from when you would like to pick them up!) Thanks.
Q: Are you REALLY Certified Organic because I have heard rumors that you aren’t really Organic?
A: YES! We are REALLY Certified Organic (certified by the Oregon Tilth & USDA Organic) and we pride ourselves on that!
Q: No one is answering the Farm Phone Line, where can I reach you?
A: We try to listen to our voicemails a few times a day but there are other ways to reach us if it’s urgent. You can email Samara@bellaorganic.com for emergencies or for produce/store questions. – All other inquiries should be directed to Sofia@bellaorganic.com. We respond quickly to emails!
Q: What payment methods do you accept at your farm store?
A: We accept: Cash, Credit, Debit, Checks, WIC, and Farmer’s Market Checks. We also have ATM’s at the store!
Q: Is this farm family owned and operated?
A: Yes, we are family owned and operated and this is our 9th season!
Q: How much do hay rides and hay maze cost and when are they available?
A: Hay rides to and from the pumpkin patch and the toddler hay maze are FREE! They start in September on weekends and go through October 31st.
Q: How can I find out more about your activities, including Farm Tours and Field Trips?
A: Contact Sofia@bellaorganic.com to make reservations or request more information. Be sure to check out our field trip information on the website also!
Q: How many acres do you farm?
A: We farm a total of approximately 200 acres (we will be farming more every year). About 100 of the acres we farm are on Sauvie Island and another 100 acres at our other two family-owned farms!
Q: When does the farm open for the season and close for the off-season?
A: We open from May 31- November 15, daily from 9am to 6pm, Saturday the store is open until 8pm. Hours vary on weekends in October and during special events!
Q: Can I bring my dog to the farm?
A: Yes, you can bring your furry friends! We just ask that they are well-behaved and are on a leash. You cannot bring them into the U-Pick field, for health reasons.
Q: Is the farm muddy?
A: When it is raining or has been raining in the days previously, it will be muddy and that is very hard to control. We do our best to try to spread hay, gravel, etc.. but we suggest to bring a spare pair of shoes and maybe even clothes, just in case! Rain boots or rain coats are always very helpful, especially in October and during Corn Maze Season!!
Q: Is your farm wheel-chair accessible?
A: Yes, we are! All of our trails are either graveled or compacted so it is easy for a wheel-chair or a stroller to get around.
Q: Do you have picnic areas to have lunch?
A: We have many picnic tables to enjoy your lunch and the scenery at the farm. We will also have food available at the farm part of the summer and through the Fall Harvest season.
Q: Can you camp at the farm during your Berry Festivals?
A: Camping is not allowed at the farm because our permits do not allow it, but there are two camping sites on the island.
Sauvie Island Cove Park – Tents and Yurts
31421 NW Reeder Rd. Portland, OR 97231 Phone: 503-621-9701 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reeder Beach Campground is camper only:
Phone: 503-621-3970 Fax: 503-621-3098 Website: www.reederbeach.com Address: 26048 NW Reeder Rd. Portland, OR 97231