About Wise Acres

How Wise Acres got its start may be a little unconventional, but the reasons behind it are not.  Bailey, Morgan and Mac, our amazing kids, are the reason we are doing everything we can to grow the healthiest, most delicious berries we can.   After leaving our hometown of Chicago and moving the family to gorgeous North Carolina we broke ground and began to work towards our dream in March of 2013.Beautiful Plants 300x200 About Wise Acres

Moving from careers in finance and business, our goal was to find a place where our kids could still have the education and opportunities we found in and around Chicago but had the space and outdoor time we all cherished.  After a long search we found a perfect piece of land here in Indian Trail.  40 acres just minutes from Charlotte and right next door to the girls’ Elementary school (shout out to all the amazing staff at Poplin). When we finally got onto the land we realized that we had a lot of work ahead so we got busy. We have so many plans for the future of the farm and are thrilled to have such amazing customers to grow with us!

Our Berries

Our family lives on the farm and we eat the berries we produce.  Therefore, we feel very strongly about producing our berries without the poisons commonly sprayed on conventional strawberries.  Not only are the toxic chemicals used to produce conventional strawberries absorbed into the berries, they also find their way into our environment and the water we share with our neighbors.  Strawberries are at the top on the Environmental Working Groups Dirty Dozen list of produce most contaminated with pesticides, herbicides and fumigants.

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  • Wise Acres is a USDA certified organic farm. Our farm practices include crop rotations, cover crops, detailed record keeping and third-party monitoring to make sure we are compliant with current organic standards.  We are committed to offering you the healthiest berries possible!

Local

  • Most produce at the supermarket is picked 5-7 days prior to hitting the shelves.  During that time the sugars turn to starch and the fruits lose nutrients and flavor.  By purchasing local you are receiving the freshest possible produce picked and ready to eat immediately.  Furthermore many of the varieties of produce aren’t chosen for flavor, instead they are picked because they ship well.  The average distance food travels to get to the supermarket is 1500 miles.  When you buy local, you are not only consuming fresher food but you are also promoting energy conservation through lower energy usage and reduced packaging.

Care & Handling

  • We do our very best to produce the sweetest and tastiest berries possible.  Once you leave the farm you need to do your part to make sure they stay at their best.  The first and most important step is to refrigerate your berries as soon as you get home and refrain from washing them until you are ready to serve.  Wash them under cool water with the green caps still on.  Waiting until the berries reach room temperature will bring out their best flavor.