Blueberry Picking!

It is time to pick the blueberries!  The berries are sweet and plump!  So don’t wait!  Upick hours are 8am-1pm Mon-Fri and 9-4 Sat and Sun.

We also have already picked blueberries available for sale in our markets.  $13.99  for 5# and $25.99 for 10#

Homegrown zucchini and green beans are now ready!

Homegrown Bi-color Sweet Corn is now available everyday in our store!  Did you know that the sugar in sweet corn starts to tun to starch immediately after picking from the field?  So that means the sooner you eat it from the time it is picked the sweeter it will be! So buy it fresh the same day it is picked!

We will be closed on July 4th!  So plan accordingly!


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Fresh Produce Update

The strawberry season has come to an end.

Blueberries are ready now! We have our own homegrown blueberries in our market and U-Pick is open! U-Pick hours are 8-1 on Mon-Fri and 9-4 on Sat and Sun. The berries plump and delicious and we are so excited to be offering U-Pick right now.

Raspberries…….we have our own fresh picked raspberries in the market now! We will be opening up the fields for raspberry and blackberry U-Pick sometime in August. We’ll keep you posted!

Johnson’s homegrown sweet corn will be ready in about a week, so watch for that announcement!





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Strawberry Season Coming to an end.

We are sad to say that strawberry season is almost over.  We have had very weird weather this year…strawberries came early and are going to be over early too.  We still have strawberries already picked in our stores on HWY 6 and HWY 30 for the next few days.  So get them while you can.  The price already picked is $12 per bucket.  UPICK is still open 8am-6pm for the next few days.  UPICk prices are $8 per bucket…pick 6 and pay for 5.

Blueberries are starting to ripen!  We will have them in our store soon!

Our Own sweet corn will be ready in time for the 4th of July…weather permitting.

HUGE plant sale in the greenhouse!

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Strawberry Madness Festival

For information about our U-Pick strawberries, please click here.

Our Strawberry Madness Festival will be held on Saturday June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd. The festivities and events are listed below.

Pancake Breakfast: Start your day with a delicious pancake breakfast at Marilyn’s Bakery. The pancake breakfast will be available from 8:30 – 10:30 am on Saturday, June 2nd only. Strawberry Donuts will be available on Saturday and

Cooking with Strawberries: Demonstration: 10:00 – 11:00 am. Saturday and Sunday.

Jam Making Demonstration: Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm. Join Fifi in the market area to learn how to make Strawberry Jam. We will have samples.

Miss Strawberry Shortcake: 9:00 – 4:00 Saturday and Sunday. Meet Strawberry Shortcake herself! Don’t forget to bring your camera.

Delicious Shortcake and Ice Cream Sundaes: Saturday and Sunday, all day. Visit our dessert hut and enjoy an old fashion shortcake topped with mounds of strawberries and whipped cream. Or, try a delicious strawberry sundae!

Hot Dogs and Sno Cones: We will have a hot dog cart and snow cone tent as well. So plan to stay for lunch.

Chocolate Fountain: Stop by our chocolate fountain and enjoy a delicious hand dipped strawberry.

DJ: We will have a DJ on both days, so enjoy the music

Free Fun for Kids: There will be fun and festivities in the market area for kids. The fun is for both days unless otherwise noted. Prizes will be awarded! There is no need for registration. Just show up to enjoy the fun! Contest will be held by the DJ’s stage. First come, first serve.

Face Painting: Saturday and Sunday 10-2

Hula Hoop Contest: Every hour on the hour, 10:00 – 3:00. The DJ will announce and play music. This is always so much fun!

Limbo Contest: Every hour directly following the hula hoop contest. Another fun event!

Strawberry Spoon Race: Saturday and Sunday at 2:30

Pie Eating Contest: The kids love this one and it’s a hoot to watch. The pie eating contest will be held at 11:30 am on both days.

Strawberry Princess Crowning: 2:30 pm, Saturday only. This is a fun contest for every little girl! Let her dress up like a beautiful strawberry princess. The contestants will come up on the stage and tell us why they love Johnson’s Strawberries.



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Frequently asked questions during strawberry season

Strawberry season brings many questions and we will answer them here for you.

1. When is opening day for U-Pick? Saturday, June 2nd 2012

2. How much are U-Pick Strawberries this year? $8.00 a bucket. Pick six and pay for five….the sixth one is free!

3. Buckets??? We provide them. Each bucket holds approximately 4 quarts and weights 5-6 lbs.

4. How long will strawberry season last? It typically lasts 2-3 weeks. Everything depends on the weather.

5. When are strawberries at their peak? The strawberries are at there peak during the U-Pick time span. That is when they are the most plentiful and delicious!

6. What are the U-Pick hours? Daily, from 8:00 – 6:00.

7. Are there a lot of strawberries this year? Yes! So, far so good. It looks like it’s going to be a good year.

8. Will we be able to drive out to the field this year? We will have a designated parking lot and from there you will be shuttled out on one of our buses.

9. At what location can we pick berries? The U-Pick is at our Hobart location which is located at 8960 E. Ridge Road in Hobart, Indiana.

10. Are your strawberries organic? They are not but we are sustainable. Our concerns are the same as yours. We strive to bring the safest, freshest produce from our fields to your table. We practice Integrated Pest Management. We only spray if it’s absolutely necessary and if we do we use the safest products possible which is often times, organic.

11. When will the Lowell, Rensselear and 61st open? Lowell is now open daily. Rensselear will be open on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s starting May 29th. We do not have an exact date for 61st so…to be announced.

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The Garden Center is in full bloom!

I was on vacation last week and when I came back to work I was astounded at the beauty of the greenhouses! When I left nothing was blooming and just one week later we are in full bloom! Everything is absolutely gorgeous!  We have a full line of annuals, perennials, tropicals, vegetable plants and more! As always the, geraniums and hanging baskets are exceptional.

We wanted to remind you to watch Facebook and our email blasts for information about upcoming events. We looking forward to Maxx’s Birthday Sale, Mother’s Day Moonlight Madness and Strawberry Madness. We are excited to share that we will be holding our Moonlight Madness twice this year. Dates to be announced.

Our Hobart store is open from 8:00am – 6:00pm 7 days a week. The Valparaiso store is open 9:00am – 5:00pm 7 days a week.


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