LYNDEN ­—  Mellema Farm Strawberries is entirely a help-yourself operation on River Road a half-mile west of the Guide Meridian and just beyond Flynn Road.

  This is U-pick and a trusting U-pay, into a well-locked strongbox.

  You also choose whether you want the no-spray organic field of berries (red flags) or the  conventional field (blue flags) that uses chemical sprays.  The advice to all pickers is to wash your fresh berries before eating them.

  The Mellema price is  $2 per pound for conventional, $2.75 for organic.

  The fields were open for picking on June 7.