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Raspberries: All You Need to Know to Pick Your Own



Photo: kahvikisu/Flickr

 

Updated June 2017

Raspberries are friendly to all heights of pickers. In fact, a multi-height team is a plus. The raspberry canes do have prickles, but they are small and don't cause problems unless someone falls into them. Best of all, unlike strawberries, you don't have to bend over to pick them!

If you are like my family, many of the berries will be sampled and never make it into the box. This, of course, is the best way to learn what the primo berries look like. Like other berries, they are in season late this year, but should be ripe by late June or early July, depending on how much sun we get! 

If you find yourself wondering what to do with these berries, check out our recipe for  Raspberry Orange jelly

 

Where Do You Find the Raspberries?

For the most complete list of  U-Pick farms around the Puget Sound area, check out the Puget Sound Fresh Guide and search by crop and location.

Note: Be sure to call or check the farm's Facebook page before you go to be sure the berries are ready for picking.

Some of these farms take cash only so best to bring some along.

 

EASTSIDE

Harvold Berry Farm, 5207 Carnation-Duvall Road NE, Carnation. 425-333-4185.
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. through Sat., closed Sundays. Call or check Facebook for up-to-date information.

Remlinger Farms, 32610 NE 32nd St., Carnation. 425-333-4135. remlingerfarms.com 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Call or check Facebook for up-to-date information.

 

NORTH SOUND

Bailey Vegetables, 12711 Springhetti Road, Snohomish. 360-568-8826. baileyveg.com
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Call or check Facebook for up-to-date information.

Biringer Farm, 21412 59th Ave. NE, Arlington. 425-259-0255. biringerfarm.com
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. through Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. Call or check Facebook for up-to-date information.

Bolles Organic Berry Farm, 17930 Tualco Loop Road, Monroe. 425-876-9878.
Call or check Facebook for up-to-date information.

Schuh Farms, 15565 WA-536, Mt. Vernon. 360-424-6982.
Call or check Facebook for up-to-date information.

 

SOUTH SOUND

Picha’s Berry Farm, 6502 52nd St. E, Puyallup. 253-841-4443. pichafarms.com
Call or check Facebook for up-to-date information.

 

How do you pick out a good raspberry?

  • Ripe raspberries are a little darker red than you think. Think raspberry red, not raspberry pink. Only pick ripe raspberries; they won't get any riper once picked.

  • Ready raspberries want to be picked. Pull on them and they almost fall into your hand, leaving a white core behind. If you bend the twig and the berry stays put, it's not ready.

  • Not too squishy. If they are already too soft to eat, leave them there.

  • Refrigerate or freeze them if you have no plans for them before bedtime.

 

Didn't Eat All the Berries You Brought Home?

If, despite your best efforts, there are still a few leftover raspberries, here are a few quick things to do:

1. Freeze ‘em. Raspberries are almost as easy to freeze as blueberries. Rinse them and drain them well, jiggling to drain the centers. Freeze them in a single layer on a flat pan so that they freeze whole and don't squish. When solid, seal in a zip-top bag.

 

2. Popsicles! All you will need is paper cups, popsicle sticks, vanilla yogurt, orange juice and raspberries. The kids can do this for themselves.

For each cup of vanilla yogurt, stir in ½ cup orange juice, and as many raspberries as will fit.

Spoon into the paper cups and pop in a stick. Place in the freezer until solid. Perfect for, "Mom, I'm hungry and it's too hot!" Peel off the paper cups and enjoy.

 

3. Consider a food mill. If you toss in rinsed raspberries you get an instant purée and none of those seeds. Or send them through the blender and squish through a sieve. Add to yogurt or bubbly water for summer coolness. (My favorite food mill – OXO – is easy to clean, kid friendly and stores small.)


Helping parents, kids and new cooks navigate and enjoy fresh, local and sometimes unusual produce prodded Greta Hardin into writing Cooking Your Local Produce. She's a science teacher, enthusiastic cook and mother of a 10-year-old son. Learn more and find some of Greta's recipes at www.gretahardin.com.

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