A U-pick strawberry farm also offering many other summer and fall produce items. Raspberries, peas, green beans, tomatoes and sweet corn all available as U-pick or pre-picked.
Jelli’s Market was started in 2001 as a way for our three daughters to make some money for college.
The name of our market – Jelli’s – is a result of combining the names of our three girls.
We planted our first strawberry plants in the spring of 2001. We LOVE strawberries and until that time always had a small patch of our own. When considering how many plants to put in that year, we thought we might plant a few extra plants so we could have some extra berries to sell to neighbors. A few plants turned into 25,000 and we were in the strawberry business!
It has been 14 years, and we are thankful every day that we are still able to be involved in a wonderful family owned business. We had no idea when we started that our small strawberry field would grow to what it is today. In 2015, we will have 10 acres of strawberries. In addition, we have raspberries, blueberries, edible pod peas, green beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, etc.
Our entire produce season runs from about mid May when asparagus is ready to late October with our fall harvest which includes pumpkins, gourds, squash, corn stalks and Indian corn.
The Farm store was new in 2011 and has turned out to be a wonderful addition to our farm. We can display all of our produce nicely in it, and we also sell other items throughout the year, including our own honey, maple syrup, baked goods and other items.
We take great pride in growing all of our own meat as well. We have a herd of Angus cattle, and sell the beef in our store. We also have our own pigs, chickens, and laying hens that give us eggs every day. Our meat is “all natural” which means no added hormones are given to any of our animals.
Every summer we hire about 25 local kids to work for us during strawberry season, and at our off the farm produce stands. Some of our greatest memories are the adventures and friendships they form each summer when working with us.