PYO Guidelines

PYO Covid-19 Guidelines

PYO now open daily at our Buckhorn Berry Farm location. No reservation to pick needed. Please read the following carefully in order to be able to follow our Covid-19 Guidelines and how PYO will work this year.

What you need to know and do before coming to PYO:

  • PYO Raspberries is very limited for 2020. May be picked out some days. Please check in right before coming out in order to see the latest picking conditions as they can change rapidly this year.
  • Stay at home if you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have come in to contact with anyone possibly infected or if you have traveled.
  • We are increasing our sanitation measures to help keep you safe – please do your part to keep our community safe while harvesting too.
  • Send only those who are able to follow our rules and guidelines – Regardless of age, guests must be able to to follow all rules and guidelines. You will be given a reminder of these and if unable to follow rules, you will be asked to leave for everyone’s safety. All children must be directly supervised at all times and stay with the adult in their row. 
  • Guests participating in PYO will be limited to a maximum group size. Just like grocery stores we’re asking you to limit the size of your group whenever possible. The maximum amount of people in one row for PYO will be 2 adults and one child or 1 adult and 2 children under 12. This is in order to maintain spacing and still pick all of the ripe berries.  If you have a larger group that will need to be split up please consider driving to the field instead of taking the tractor as we must distance groups on the tractor. You can split your group in to multiple smaller groups but each smaller group must have at least one adult for everyone two children under 12. Please consider limiting your group size and sending only those who will be harvesting as we only can access half of the rows we normally would on any given day for distancing reasons – we want everyone to be able to harvest quickly and safely.
  • Always maintain a 2m distance. Please keep a 2m distance from others harvesting, as well as our staff.
  • Wash and/or sanitize hands before and after harvesting. Wash stations and sanitizing stations are located throughout the field.
  • Wear a mask or face covering whenever possible.
  • Food should be washed directly before consumption – However, don’t wash far in advance as it can compromise the quality of the fruit.
  • No eating in the field. During COVID-19, there will be a no tasting policy on the farm for health and safety reasons.
  • You can only pick into approved containers. We will have containers for sale, you will also be able to pick into clean containers from previous years, which have a standard weight. Cardboard or plastic baskets, berry buckets, litres and picking containers from our farm or others are good to go! If your containers are still weighed from last year and clean – you’re golden. To minimize touch points we cannot weigh containers heading in to the field this year so containers must be a standard weight.  If you don’t mind paying for the weight of a bowl or container we can do that without taking a tare off of your baskets.
  • Entrance to the field will be limited to restrict numbers of guests and allow for proper spacing.
  • Guests must stay in their assigned row. All guests must stay in the row assigned to them for picking in their groups. There is absolutely no jumping rows or wandering through the field. If you are not finding enough berries in your row – let one of our staff know and we’ll do our best to find you another place to pick.
  • No berry left behind! Make sure you pick all ripe berries large and small for hygiene reasons and to help us keep the fields well picked so that strawberry season can last longer!

How PYO will work:

Buckhorn Berry Farm is open 8-12 for PYO on weekdays and 8-4 weekends and holidays as long as we have not been picked out.

We know that harvesting can often turn in to a fun social event, but this year we’re asking that everyone helps us return to our roots and make this a traditional harvest activity without those activities. Please limit your group size whenever possible to help us allow everyone the chance to be able to harvest their own berries this year. There will be no play areas, picnics or walking through the farm permitted.

You have a couple options to get to the field this year.

  • Almost all of our harvesting will take place at our Buckhorn Berry Farm location, 3055 Berrie Rd. This is where the best picking will be the entire season.

A) Buckhorn Berry Farm – Tractor Ride to the field.

  • Park at our Buckhorn Berry Farm Store (3055 Berrie Rd)
  • Check-in with your standard weight baskets and containers or get some new ones. Baskets and pails MUST be purchased once used – we cannot reuse them once you’ve taken them. They range in price from 1.75-4.50 for baskets and pails.
  • Wait for the next tractor. Groups are limited to seating of 2 adults and one child or 1 adult and two children for distancing reasons.
  • Take a freshly sanitized distanced wagon ride to the field.
  • Arrive in the field and be given a row to harvest in
  • Always maintain distance from others while harvesting
  • No eating in the field
  • Take a distanced tractor ride back to the farm store
  • Pay with debit or credit, whenever possible
  • Return to your car and enjoy your berries!

B) Buckhorn Berry Farm – Drive to the field

  • Drive past our Buckhorn Berry Farm store driveway and follow the signs for Field Picking
  • Turn into the gated entryway and follow the signs for PYO parking
  • Check-in with your baskets and containers or get some new ones
  • Wait to be given a row to harvest in
  • Always maintain distance from others while harvesting
  • No eating in the field
  • Pay with debit or credit whenever possible – pay right in the field.
  • Return to your car and enjoy your berries!

Locations & Hours:

Buckhorn Berry Farm: PYO Limited for strawberries as the season nears its end, raspberry availability will be limited this season due to a small crop and large demand.

Buckhorn Berry Farm Store predominantely for PYO purchases. Prepicked berries available at our McLean location.

Buckhorn Berry Farm Address: 3055 Berrie Rd, Lakefield On, K0L 2H0.

PYO HOURS: 8am-1pm unless picked out earlier. Last entry to the PYO fields is 30 minutes before closing. 

McLean Berry Farm:  Store open on weekdays, weekends and holidays.