The raspberry patch is general admission, no appointment necessary.
The season begins with "light" picking; the berries become more plentiful as the season progresses. The berries usually begin to peak around Labor Day and are extremely plentiful. It does vary from season to season though, depending on the weather. It tends to be a long season (usually lasting until the end of September), but it is entirely dependent on Mother Nature. Picking conditions (including "picked out for the day") are regularly updated on Facebook and our hotline. Please check before making the journey.
They are $5/pint. We do not sell pre-picked berries. Cash or check only.
We provide pint (and quart) containers at no charge.
Wax-coated, cardboard, 8 quart picking trays are $1.50. We encourage our customers to bring trays from home to hold their pints; rectangular metal baking pans or other produce boxes (like those from Costco) work well.
Fresh raspberries are quite perishable. They must be refrigerated as soon as possible. Never leave them in the car or out on the kitchen counter. It is best to wash them only before you eat them. Do not wash them, then put them into the refrigerator. We recommend a cold water bath with either a bit of vinegar or lemon juice to eliminate bacteria and any bugs. Soak for about 5 minutes, then rinse gently in cold water. Do not over handle them. We find that our unwashed berries last nicely in the fridge for several days.
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.