I live on a berry farm. We cannot make a living off of it (5 acres). But it has taught my 3 children the value of the $ and how to work. -- An old-timer spoke to me when my oldest was a toddler, and he told me then that those skills were "priceless" in terms of life skills.
This year (24 for me), we are finishing up our u-pick operation. I encourage people, that if you do go direct to the farm, make an honest attempt treat the people there with kindness & consideration. They didn't make you come. You chose to go there.
Some of things said to us are sometimes VERY unkind. -- My 18 yr old son today had to deal with a very obnoxious woman w/ 3 kids (great role model!!?). She acted like it was his fault that it was hot (she came at noon - we opened at 8 am). She said there were insects and spiders and bees buzzing (hmm.... outside, are we??). Evidence that we are NOT spraying pesticides on the fruit.
Then she complained about the price, quality, etc. She said she should get a better price (anybody else pull that at their local grocery store??!). Then she proceeded to eat fruit without paying for it, and continued with rude, obnoxious behavior & comments.
Is everyone like this? No. But it sure doesn't encourage my kids to want to continue in the field once they get to college and can get a "real" job.