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🌸 Raspberries: 10 Places to Pick Your Own

Early varieties are available for picking in July, whereas fall and everbearing varieties ripen later in August and September. Here are a few places you can pick your own raspberries around Rochester, NY.

The season runs concurrently with blueberries, cherries, and stone fruit. You can find U-Pick and farmers markets for the entire harvest season on our Locally Grown Produce harvest guide.

Please check with a farm directly before you head out to make sure the crop is still available. Many farms do take multiple forms of payment, but we advise bringing cash just in case.

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Raspberry Farms in Monroe County

Plus, many of these places have blackberries and other types of berries available.

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1. Chase Farms

Fairport

Posted on June 29, 2023, “Looks like it will be a beautiful evening to come out to pick. We have raspberries, sugar snap peas and strawberries all available for U-Pick. Open 6 pm to 8 pm tonight for U-Pick”

2. Raspberry Hill Farm

Penfield

Posted on July 24, 2023, “It’s that time of year! The raspberries are ripe and ready for picking and the patch is now open from 7am to 8pm. $3/pint.”

3. Schutt’s Apple Mill

Webster

Posted on June 26, 2023, “Raspberry season has begun. Our crop isn’t huge but they are tasty and a great summer activity for the family. Picking hours: 9am-4pm.”

4. West Wind Farms

Hilton

Posted on June 29, 2023, “Berry season is coming! We anticipate opening for the season between July 7-12, depending on the weather. Our “hotline” phone recording is still active for the most up-to-date information on picking condition, pricing, and availability. You can call and listen to the hotline recording 24hrs/day by calling (585) 234-0252.”

Raspberry Farms Around the Greater Rochester Area

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5. Burnap’s Farm Market & Garden Cafe

Sodus

There’s nothing posted about U-Pick raspberries yet, though their website states U-Pick begins July 6.

6. G and S Orchards

Walworth

Posted on July 4, 2023, “You Pick open today with Red Raspberries, Juneberries & Rhubarb. Farm Stand open today with Sweet Cherries, Blueberries, Juneberries, Red Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Honey, Broccoli, Kale, Zucchini, Kohlrabi, Fennel, Herbs, Fresh Garlic & Onions.”

7. Greg’s U-Pick Farm

Clarence Center

“We have two acres of Fall Bearing Red Raspberries. The season usually lasts from the middle of August through early October.”

8. Hurd Orchards

Holley

Posted on July 1, 2023, “Happy Fourth of July Weekend! Next week we will be open ALL week – Monday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Fourth of July Picking: Sweet Cherries, Red Raspberries and Blueberries!”

9. Old Silo Farms

Conesus

Posted on July 1, 2023, “Open today 9-5 for berry picking. Abundance of berries! U-pick prices – Raspberries $7 per lb. All pesticide free.”

10. Watt Farms

Albion

Posted on July 3, 2023, “We will be opening tomorrow from 10-4 with u-pick raspberries and cherries! Open 7 days a week 10-4.”

Tips for when you pick your own

Thank you to pickyourown.org for these helpful tips!

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  1. When raspberries are in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so call first and plan to be there early.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. I find it helps to hold the stem with one hand, while picking with the other.
  9. 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.
  10. DON’T wash the berries until you are ready to use them or freeze them.  Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.
  11. DO refrigerate! Right after picking, place raspberries in the fridge. If your fridge tends to dry out produce, lightly cover the container.
  12. Raspberries don’t store for very long, usually just a few days.

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Where are your favorites places to pick raspberries?

Your insights and experiences are valuable. Please share them in the comments.

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