Wondering if you will be making your annual visit to a BC blueberry U-pick patch this summer? The BC Blueberry Council has good news! You and your family WILL be able to enjoy blueberry picking at BC U-pick farms, but how you do so will look a little different.
The following outlines what practices BC Blueberry producers have implemented to keep employees, customers, and visiting families safe!
INFORMATION FOR U-PICK BLUEBERRY FARM VISITORS IN 2020
BC U-pick farmers, and those with on-farm stands, are safely operating U-pick farms during COVID-19 by following the guidelines found in the link below.
To ensure that safety is the top priority, U-pick farmers have adjusted customer/employee communication, strengthened health and safety procedures, and are following tips on physical distancing measures.
To read the new mandatory U-pick farm procedures, click HERE.
In order to welcome visitors back, U-pick farmers have made alterations to the following practices:
- Communication with customers
- Customer handwashing
- Picking containers
- Physical distancing
- Payment practices
- Operation of farm stands
If you would like to visit a U-pick farm, remember these considerations:
- Do not bring your own containers to pick berries
- Do not eat in the field or taste test the berries
- Maintain distance of two meters from those not in your family group, including farm staff
- Wash your hands with soap (or use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol or higher) before and after your visit
- Practice contactless payment if possible- using a card instead of cash
U-pick businesses operating during the COVID-19 pandemic follow Provincial Health Officer (PHO) orders and guidance and have developed a plan in accordance with the guidance from WorkSafeBC.