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Why the Red Flag for Strawberries?

Tyler hands over the red flag to mark the row for strawberry picking.

Tyler hands over the red flag to mark the row for strawberry picking.

When you come to pick strawberries at Wegmeyer Farms you will get a red flag.  And we often get asked about why we use these red flags, so please let us explain.

We pick in an organized way in order to help you find juicy red berries  easier and also for keeping the plants healthy. When you arrive at our farm you will be greeted by  one of our family members or  employees. They will tell you a little about how the berries are, tell you how things work,  and then ask you how many buckets you would like to use to pick your berries. You will then be directed to the patch boss which is usually Tyler, Harriet or Grandpa Wegmeyer. Once you come to the patch boss, you will be assigned a row and given a red flag. All of our rows are numbered and the patch boss gives you a row or section of a row that has not been picked. That way you are in a spot with the best chance to find red ripe berries and are not picking in a spot that has already been picked. It can be frustrating to bend over and not find very many berries and we want you to be successful with minimum effort! So what about the red flag? You will be given a red flag to mark where you stop picking. By starting where the patch boss tells you to and then marking the spot where you stop,  it ensures that we know what areas of the field has been picked.  Picking thorough and clean is important so you and everyone can enjoy healthy berries.  Ripe fruit that is left or picked and then thrown back in the row rots and molds and then it spreads to other plants and makes them sick. By everyone doing their part in picking in an organized fashion, the plants stay healthy and everyone benefits. We look forward to seeing you in the field this year. And when you come, you will know exactly what to do with your red flag!