Yes, kids are allowed on picks. It’s a great way to introduce them to the fruit picking experience. But, we do want you to be aware of the challenges and responsibilities when bringing kids to a pick.
You are responsible for the safety of your kids and making sure they are respectful of other pickers and the homeowner’s property. You may find that you spend more time watching your kids than picking fruit.
- A pick may be 1-2 hours long.
- Picking and lugging fruit is heavy work.
- You never know the condition of the yard you’re entering – is it fenced? are there pets? are there flower beds? etc.
- Ripening fruit often attracts wasps.
- Good picking access around trees is often limited, especially if there are other pickers attending. Don’t expect other pickers to give up access to fruit for your child.
- Ladders and picking tools are fascinating to kids and they often want to use this equipment. Be mindful of other pickers so kids aren’t interfering with their ability to pick. And please do not let them climb other people’s ladders
A good bet is to touch base with the fruit owner and other pickers and let them know your plans.
Here’s some of the kids we’ve had out on picks with us over the years. Strawberries, rhubarb and grapes are an excellent way to get started.