Raspberry-Picking 101 at Boxx Berry Farm in Ferndale, WA

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!

The process:

The results:

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

Advertisements

One response to “Raspberry-Picking 101 at Boxx Berry Farm in Ferndale, WA

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: