Frequently asked questions
When will raspberries be available?
The basic season is late June through early November; peak production will be around August
What are the purchase options?
Online farmers market: www.miamicounty.locallygrown.net ; place orders Wednesday- Saturday, pickups are Tuesdays each week.
Chez Nous Farm web site, Raspberries - Order Now; You-Pick – Schedule a Visit
Will there be a you-pick option?
2022 is slated for a trial You-Pick enterprise:
Do you deliver?
Not at this time. As the business grows, it may become feasible.
What about farm tours?
As of 2022, no tours will be available, but plans for a future enterprise are possible.
What does Chez Nous mean?
It’s French for Our Home
What is the meaning of organic?
Certified Organic is a legal term and a strict program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In general, it means foods grown and animals raised without synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics or hormones, pesticides, and genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients. There is a National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) comprised of representatives of many sectors of the economy, and they decide what ingredients and processes are considered organic and which are not. The program has been in place since the 1990s.
Getting a farm or farm enterprise certified organic is a very long and expensive process requiring meticulous record keeping and regular inspections. There is also such a thing as food and animals grown using organic methods; the methods used and degree to which a given producer adheres to them varies. But generally, producing food using organic methods involves having a well-planned and implemented long term program to maintain soil fertility and mineralization, while avoiding pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, GMOs, etc. The general approach is to work with nature rather than against it, by understanding and leveraging basic ecological processes.