Berries

StrawberryHeader1Strawberries

Season: Late May to Mid/Late June (Finished for 2017)

Our strawberries are planted on raised, plastic-lined beds with plenty of straw in between the rows to keep you and your kids from getting muddy. (Although we can’t guarantee you’ll be totally mud-free!)

Picking Tips

  • Avoid pale red strawberries and berries with green tips.  Strawberries will not ripen after you pick them!
  • Pick all the ripe berries, big and small.  Smaller berries are often sweeter.  Sweetness also depends on the variety.
  • When picking, be sure the cap, or leafy green top, remains on the strawberry by pinching the stem of the berry between your thumb and forefinger.

Black red raspberriesRaspberries—Black & Red

Season: Black Raspberries: Late June. (Finished for 2017)   Red Raspberries: Late June to Mid July & September

Black Raspberry Picking Tips

  • Avoid all the red berries.  They are not red raspberries, just unripe black ones!  Pick only berries that are such a deep purple they are almost black.
  • Ripe black raspberries separate from the bush easily. You should be able to just roll your fingers across them into your bucket.
  • Don’t fill containers too full. The berries are delicate and will crush easily, especially on a hot summer day.  If you need more containers, we’re happy to supply them!

Red Raspberry Picking Tips

  • Avoid light red berries and berries with white or yellow tips. Look for deep red berries that drop off the core easily.
  • Be careful not to fill your containers too full or else you will have smashed berries on the bottom.  We’ll give you any extra containers you need!

Blackberries6Blackberries

Season: Late July to Mid-August

Picking Tips

  • When fully ripe, blackberries will separate from the plant with only a small tug. If you have to pull at all, leave it to ripen.
  • Ripe blackberries will be dark purple-black. Even the inner part, the receptacle, should be a shade of purple and not white.
  • Don’t fill containers too full. The berries are delicate and will crush easily, especially on a hot summer day.  If you need more containers, we’re happy to supply them!