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.
You can find U-Pick and farmers markets for the entire harvest season on our Locally Grown Produce harvest guide.
Information for each farm was updated June 19, 2021. 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.
Raspberry Farms in Monroe County
Plus, many of these places have blackberries and other types of berries available.
1. Raspberry Hill Farm
“U-pick raspberries & blueberries. Raspberry season runs from mid-June to first frost & blueberry season runs from early July to late August.”
2. Chase Farms
“Chase Farms is a family owned produce business that has pick your own fruits, a stand to buy produce and a ice cream stand which specializes in shortcakes and sundaes made fresh everyday.”
3. Schutt’s Apple Mill
“Whether you are looking for the sweet taste of red raspberries or the tart taste of black raspberries, we have you covered. U-Pick raspberry season spans most of the month of July.”
4. Green Acre Farms
“Black raspberries in early-July, red raspberries, early- to mid-July.
“Fruit farm with Pick Your Own fruits, including: raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples, pumpkins. Open Seasonally July through October.”
Raspberry Farms Around the Greater Rochester Area
5. G and S Orchards
The red raspberry season starts in late-June, followed by black, purple, and yellow raspberries in July.
“G and S Orchards offers a great selection of you pick fruit including strawberries, blueberries, apples, pumpkins and much more. Along with CSA shares and a roadside stand.”
6. Burnap’s Farm Market & Garden Cafe
“Burnap’s Farm Market is a family owned business that has been in operation since 1970.
“Summer provides the great tastes of fresh sweet corn, peaches, raspberries, ice cream and our wonderful lunches from the Garden Cafe.”
7. Hurd Orchards
“Red Raspberries are available approximately July 5 – Oct. 10. Find Black Raspberries in early-July for two weeks only.
“Hurd Orchards is a family owned fruit and flower farm and canning company nestled in the fertile lake plains of Western New York between the banks of the Erie Canal and the shores of Lake Ontario.”
8. Watt Farms
“Watt Farms has become a wonderful destination for U-Pick. Our orchards are well groomed, well drained and very picturesque offering you ripe fruit with easy picking.
”We have plenty of parking area and wagons for you to take into the orchards.
“U-Pick Raspberries available approximately from the end of June thru early-July”
9. Greg’s U-Pick Farm
“At Greg’s U-Pick farm we grow over 25 acres of crops for you to pick throughout the local harvest seasons.
“We have two acres of Fall Bearing Red Raspberries. The season usually lasts from the middle of August through early October.”
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.
Find out which locally grown produce (fruits, vegetables, plants) are at their peak each month, and enjoy Rochester-area harvest festivals.
Where are your favorites places to pick raspberries?
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