LIMA — JK Orchard and Farm opened its strawberry patch for the first public picking day of the season this past Saturday, marking the third year the organic orchard has been open to families who wish to pick their own berries.
But the season won’t last long.
Joe and Karen Wince expect the orchard, located at 1345 Lutz Road in Lima, to remain open through June 15, weather permitting.
Hours vary depending on the weather and size of the berries, but the orchard is typically open from 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
The orchard has 12 rows of fresh strawberries for picking, sold by the quart, and will be selling organic red and black raspberries when they become available.
The couple weren’t sure they would have much to offer this year, but the crop has been better than expected.
“All the rain we have had this spring and the harsh freezing winter, we were unsure what to expect with this year’s crop,” said Karen Wince. “But our strawberry patch is thriving with tall healthy plants that are loaded with strawberry blooms.”
Berries are sold by the quart: $5 for a single quart or $18 for four quarts.
While families are encouraged to come pick their own berries, Wince said she is accepting orders online or by phone while berries are still available.
The farm has been passed down through several generations of Karen Wince’s family. She and her husband first tried their hand at Christmas tree farming but soon transitioned to growing strawberries and pumpkins. The couple plan to expand their pick-your-own offerings to include fresh flowers, cherries and other fruits.
Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.