The answer to that is both yes and no. Here is why...
Due to a rise In major outbreaks of food borne illnesses, Congress proposed new food safety measures that expanded food safety regulations to the farm level. The result was the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The regulations focus on risks from microbial pathogens like E. coli and Salmonella.
These new standards apply to fruits and vegetables that are normally consumed raw and cover a host of farm operations. A few examples are irrigation water, worker health, hygiene, and training. Accompanying these standards are certain record keeping requirements that document adherence to the standards.
By now you're asking, "What does this have to do with me? I just want to pick my own blueberries!"
For the last few years, we have been selling our fruit into the commercial market. For grocery stores to be willing to to buy the fruit, they need to know that we are in compliance with FSMA, and they do that via an audit of our farm operations. Therefore, we are unable to open our fields to visitors until the end of the commercial season. When we do open for U-Pick, we strive to maintain the same high standards. Our farm is not a recreational destination. We are a commercial blueberry farm and only grow blueberries. Please add your name to our Email list for U-pick updates.