Raspberry season has begun. Generally, berries become more abundant as the season continues. However, their development has been extremely slow this year. We are not sure if they will even peak this year, as it has become impossible to predict. We are advising people who jam and freeze large quantities of berries to consider making more than one trip for picking. Our Facebook page is updated daily with picking conditions, which are subject to change depending on the weather and the volume of guests.
We are not taking appointments for raspberry season. It is nearly logistically impossible to schedule due to more rain in September, how raspberries produce and varying quantities picked by customers. Our patch may fill up with guests quickly and we will post "picked out" on Facebook and our phone line. Once we're full for the day, we're full. It is a long season with many opportunities to pick delicious berries.
We ask that guests respect our farm and other guests by following Covid-19 guidelines, such as social distancing. Guests must wear a mask in the check out shed, but not while picking. DO NOT come to the farm if you are sick or have been in contact with someone with Covid-19.
You-pick raspberries are $4.50/pint. We do not sell pre-picked berries.
Cash or Check Only.
We have had a drought this year and this will affect the raspberries. Although the berries seem to be sizing well, the canes will be shorter than in non-drought years. A garden stool from home will be helpful if you're picking a large quantity.
Fresh raspberries are perishable. They must be refrigerated as soon as possible. Never leave them in a hot car or out on the kitchen counter. Once at home, it is best to wash them just before eating or processing in a cold water bath. You can add a splash of vinegar or lemon juice to eliminate bacteria and unwanted pests. Rinse gently with cold water. Do not over handle them. We find that our unwashed berries last nicely several days in the fridge.
Our raspberries are sustainably grown and the next best thing to organic. Our entire patch is handweeded. We use OMRI certified (organic) fungicides. We rotate two OMRI insecticides for controlling Spotted Wing Drosophila. We only administer them at night to protect our large wild and domestic bee population. Eradication of SWD is impossible with the environmentally responsible methods we've chosen. We aim to control the population, but you may find them in berries. While a nuisance, they are harmless and a simple water bath solves the problem.