Here are a few places you can pick your own raspberries around Rochester, NY. Early varieties are available for picking in July, whereas fall and everbearing varieties ripen later in August and September.
Pick Your Own Raspberries
9 Rochester U-Pick Seasons
Tips for when you pick your own raspberries
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.
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