Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Patterson Farm
Can I leave my child with you while I shop in the market?
It is our customers’ responsibility to watch their children while visiting our market and farm. Our staff members have specific responsibilities related to operating the farm.
Why do I have to pay admission if I am only accompanying my child?
Visiting our farm is like visiting a theme park, museum, movie or any other attraction where parents may choose to go with their children. We are a privately owned operating farm and tourist destination rather than a public park that receives funding from the government or other outside sources to pay staff, maintain equipment, etc. We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy all that our farm has to offer.
Is smoking or vaping allowed on the farm?
Our farm is a smoke-free environment, and smoking/vaping is not permitted. Many nonsmokers, especially children, who are exposed to tobacco smoke, even outdoors, suffer immediate symptoms including breathing difficulties, eye irritation, headaches, nausea, and asthma attacks. Our smoke-free policy also helps discourage youth tobacco use.
Is it OK to bring my pet to the farm?
Our website and signs on the farm state that no pets are allowed, and your cooperation is appreciated. The only exception is for specifically trained service animals. This does not include emotional support animals. Only certified service animals trained for a specific task are allowed. This policy is in place for several reasons, including state mandates, food safety, the safety of other guests, and the safety of our livestock. This regulation also protects your pet, as we have two Great Pyrenees in our livestock pasture, trained to monitor and protect our animals from predators. Our livestock guardian dog could mistake your pet as a threat to the animals it is trained to protect.
Is your produce organic?
Patterson Farm uses technology and growing practices to minimize the use of pesticides, including growing crops on raised beds whenever possible. However, due to our climate and weather conditions, we do sometimes have to use methods to control pests, fungus, and disease. If we do have to use pesticides, we follow all government guidelines and regulations. The produce we grow is non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism), as are most fruits and vegetables.
How long does Strawberry Season usually run?
Our pick-your-own strawberry fields usually run through May and the first week or two of June. It honestly depends on the weather for how long they last.