Early varieties are available for picking in July, whereas fall and everbearing varieties ripen later in August and September. The season runs concurrently with blueberries, cherries, and stone fruit. Here are a few places you can pick your own raspberries around Rochester, NY.
Pick Your Own Raspberries
Plus, many of these places have blackberries and other types of berries available!
- Raspberry Hill Farm Penfield
- Chase Farms Fairport
- Green Acre Farms Greece
- Burnap’s Farm Market & Garden Cafe Sodus
- G and S Orchards Walworth
- Becker Farms Albion
- Hurd Orchards Holley
- Watt Farms Albion
- Greg’s U-Pick Farm Clarence Center
NOT OFFERING U-PICK
- Schutt’s Apple Mill Webster
Unfortunately, our u-pick cherry season is finished. With the cold temperatures in late May, we lost most of our cherry crop. While this season was shorter than we hoped, we appreciate all of you that came out in support. We know this year wasn’t the easiest picking. Here’s to a better crop in 2021.
Tips for when you pick your own
Thank you to pickyourown.org for these helpful tips!
- When raspberries are in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so call first and plan to be there early.
- Most growers furnish picking containers designed for raspberries, but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers.
- If you use your own containers, remember that heaping raspberries more than 5 inches deep will bruise the lower berries. Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large pots make good containers. I like the Glad storage containers like the one at right.
- Bring something to drink and a few snacks; you’d be surprised how you can work up a thirst and appetite! And don’t forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs usually aren’t a problem, but some deet might be good to bring along if it has been rainy.
- Raspberry bushes don’t have thorns, but they are a pick prickly, so if you want to hold the stem while picking, a pair of lightweight gloves is helpful.
- A ripe raspberry is deep color with a plump, soft but firm feel. It will pull free from the plant with only a slight tug. The center will remain on the plant. Keep in mind, raspberries come in many colors: red, yellow, black, purple, so you want to pick the darker shade of whichever it is.
- Pick only the berries that are fully ripe. Reach in between the stems to grab for hidden berries ready for harvest. Bend down and look up into the plant and you’ll find loads of berries that other people missed!
- I find it helps to hold the stem with one hand, while picking with the other.
- Avoid placing the picked berries in the sunlight any longer than necessary. It is better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed than in the car trunk or on the car seat. Cool them as soon as possible after picking.
- DON’T wash the berries until you are ready to use them or freeze them. Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.
- DO refrigerate! Right after picking, place raspberries in the fridge. If your fridge tends to dry out produce, lightly cover the container.
- Raspberries don’t store for very long, usually just a few days.
Where are your favorites places to pick raspberries?
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