First off, welcome! If you’re a first-time visitor or you’re just trying to figure out what we all have to offer, we’re here to help guide you through some questions you might have.
Our Three Distinct Seasons of Operation
Our farm is open early June through Halloween, October 31st, every year. While we have a date when we are officially closed every fall, our starting date is a little different because it depends on when our strawberries are ready for picking. Keep reading below for a quick rundown of each season.
When: We usually tell our guests to expect strawberries around the second weekend in June. This will officially kick off our farm season for the year. Strawberries are only around for about three weeks, so it’s important you sign up for our produce news emails so we can alert you when our berries are ready! We normally don’t have many left by July 1st.
Where: Our main farm (2713 South Hayner Road, Janesville, WI 53548) is open along with a couple of our remote roadside stands. The stands we choose to open are evaluated on a daily basis since our supply of strawberries can vary. We are also at the Janesville Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning. Visit our stand locations page for information on which stands are open.
Hours of Operation: Our farm is open daily 7 am – 5 pm. Our stands are open daily from approximately 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, depending on location.
What we Offer: At the farm we have pick-your-own strawberries and pre-picked strawberries available for purchase. Our supply of berries can vary daily, so make sure you check our website for the latest picking information. Our roadside stands have pre-picked strawberries available. All of our prices and purchasing information can be found here.
Farm Activities: Besides coming out to buy tasty strawberries, let the kids run around and play on our hand-built playground. Our barn has a plethora of gift items available. Our bakery whips up homemade strawberry pie, strawberry freezer jam, and strawberry donuts as well. For a complete list of kitchen items, click here.
*Note: We tend to have about a two-to-three week period of “downtime” between our strawberry season ending and our summer season beginning. Our farm is our only location open during this time and we usually run different hours (9 am – 5 pm). We will still have shipped in produce available and our bakery is always serving up fresh goodies during this time; however, our stands do not open until sweet corn becomes available.
When: Our summer season officially starts when our sweet corn is ready for picking, usually around mid July. This season will continue all the way until September, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have some of our summer crops available after September 1st. It all depends on the weather, but we sometimes have corn through the end of September. Our homegrown tomatoes tend to stick around through September as well. We’ll send out emails alerting you when new products come on, so make sure you sign up!
Where: Our main farm is open along with all eight of our remote roadside stands. We are also at the Janesville Farmers’ Market until early September. Visit our stand locations page for information on where our closest stand is to you.
Hours of Operation: Our farm is open daily 9 am – 6 pm. Our stands are open daily from approximately 10 am – 5:30 pm, depending on location.
What we Offer: For our complete list of summer produce, visit our produce page for a list of everything we have available and when it typically becomes available throughout the summer. Some of our homegrown highlights include sweet corn, tomatoes, muskmelon, and watermelon. You can get all of our produce at our main farm and at any of our roadside stands. Don’t forget about our bakery at the farm serving up fresh donuts daily, as well as our full gift barn!
Farm Activities: Our playground is always open, rain or shine! Browse our gift barn while searching for some tasty produce and indulge in what our bakery has to offer such as donuts, cookies, and turnovers. If you’re lucky, you might come out on a day when we decide to be creative and make some homemade pies with some delicious peaches! There aren’t ever any lines and the playground is rarely crowded this time of the year.
When: Our fall season officially kicks off mid September when all of our activities are set up and running. This date usually varies a bit, but we’re typically ready by the third weekend in September. Starting Labor Day weekend our corn mazes open and as September progresses, more and more activities will soon follow. Our season ends on Halloween, October 31st so we can close down for the winter.
Where: Our main farm is our only location open during this time. We might have one or two of our roadside stands open as produce is still available, but those are usually all shut down by mid September. Check our stand locations page out for any remaining stands that might be open.
Hours of Operation: Our farm is open daily 9 am – 6 pm.
What we Offer: Our fall highlights include pumpkins, gourds, apples, apple cider, and of course, apple cider donuts! We have pumpkin picking, corn mazes, a ton of fall activities, fresh local
apples and apple cider, tasty bakery items, a full gift barn, a weekend lunch grill, and tons of fun around the property! We also offer school field trips, bus tours, and facilities to rent for parties. Make sure you click on each link to get more information on everything we have available. Some late summer produce might still be available as well. Fall is our favorite time of the year and it is also our busiest!
Farm Activities: Visit our activities page and corn mazes page for more information about everything around the farm. Some activities are running daily and some are only running on the weekends, so it’s important you check out those pages for timing. Our bakery serves up homemade apple crisp, creamy pumpkin pie, and caramel apples. We have wagon rides, an apple cannon, corn mazes, and a ton of free activities around our playground. Oh, and have we mentioned yet that there is NO admission fee? Our activities are pay as you go!
Some Helpful Tips
- We always do a great job of updating our website with the most up-to-date information. We need to since our products change so quickly. If you ever have a question about what’s going on, check our homepage. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for on our website, our knowledgeable staff can help you over the phone (608-757-1200).
- When our summer harvest is in full swing, we tend to have a lot of daily specials. Some items might only be on sale for a couple days. Check out our Facebook page for daily deals, or sign up for our produce emails and never be out of the loop!
- A lot of our fall visitors do not know we are open as early as June. Our playground tends to get a bit crowded on weekends in the fall. Come out in the summer and enjoy a less-busy playground! There are also NO LINES FOR DONUTS! We hear they are delicious if you freeze them and when you’re ready to eat them, warm them up in the microwave for 10 seconds. Our famous apple cider donuts are made starting in JUNE!
- Looking for a fun seasonal job? We do our summer hiring in May and fall hiring in August. Our farm is great for people of all ages wanting anything from part to full time work. Make sure you get your applications in early! Visit our employment page for our current hiring status.
- If you have any questions about anything, whether it’s how the produce you’re eating is grown or how we make our donuts, feel free to come out and visit and chat with our staff. If a staff member can’t help you, a Skelly is almost always available. We love that you ask questions about our business, and we love to help in any way! Contact us now.
Our “Fourth” Season: Winter
Many people ask what the Skelly family does when we’re not open, which is November through May. Below is a very brief overview of what all needs to happen while we’re closed.
November: We are typically outside packing everything away until about Thanksgiving. The barn is not heated, so the water has to be completely shut off all winter so pipes don’t freeze. Everything has to be packed inside a building and put in storage until its next use. Once the property is packed up, our fields get plowed and prepped for the winter months.
December and January: These two months are our official “downtime” of the year. Most of us are busy analyzing how certain areas of the farm did last season and starting to think of new ideas for the next year. Sometime during these two months the strawberries will get covered with stalks to insulate them for the winter.
February: One greenhouse is heated and tomato plants are seeded, transplanted, and grafted. Our corn maze designs get created.
March: Our remaining greenhouses are heated and prepped so we can plant tomatoes in late March. We are also busy getting employment applications out to the public as we make our summer applications available mid March.
April: Fields start to get worked up and fertilized since our early sweet corn gets planted towards the end of the month. Our barn and kitchen start to get cleaned and organized. Since the barn has sat empty for several months, everything needs to be washed and sterilized in the kitchen before its used again. “Spring cleaning” is an understatement!
May: This is typically our busiest month before we open. The barn and kitchen continue to get set up for the summer. The outside grounds get set up. Fields continue to get worked up so we can plant the rest of our crops. Cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, watermelon, and muskmelon get hand-transplanted into the ground. Irrigation pipes get set up in the strawberry beds. Our summer interviewing, hiring, and training all take place towards the end of the month. The Saturday morning Janesville Farmers’ Market starts up the first weekend and we are there selling donuts, turnovers, muffins, and cookies.