It’s that season again! Time for U-Pick everything… (or just about.)
As a fairly-new seasonal berry-picker I may not have the most advice to offer (though I’ve been picking blackberries since I was quite young) but Colin has been doing so for longer than I.
We went to Boxx Berry Farm (my favorite place to pick berries) to pick raspberries, my #2 berry preference, just behind blueberries. Raspberries are the easiest to pick, in my opinion, requiring little reaching or bending down/hunching over to yield the best results. They’re also super cheap; they’re a much better deal than buying berries at the store.
Berry Picking Tips:
- Wear clothes you don’t care about; they may get stained or dirty
- Call ahead to see if there are enough berries/make sure they’re open
- Compare the cost of gas for driving to picking location to in store prices from same farm
- Go when it won’t be busy (on overcast days), even though sunny days can be more fun
- Pick berries as close to stem as possible, discard attached stems
- Give stems a twist if they aren’t snapping off
- Some farms have a minimum-pick-limit; be sure you can pay for the amount you pick
- Don’t pick overripe berries as they will get squished
- Look high and low; don’t accidentally overlook perfect berries
- Fill bucket only half full as to not squish berries
- RAINYDAYGAL also has a great post on how to store your picked berries
- Have lots of fun! Find a farm you love and return there!
With this many berries we will be making jam and raspberry bars in the near future and they will be included here of course!
Post by: Colin Diltz and Melissa Rook
Photos by: Melissa Rook and Colin Diltz