Cricklewood Raspberries – Pick-your-own or Fresh-picked
Cricklewood Farm offers fresh, pre-picked fruit and U-pick summer and fall raspberries. Our summer raspberries typically begin in early July and last for a month. The fall crop will begin in late August and will continue to produce until the first frost, which generally is some time in early to mid October.
Containers can be purchased at the farm or you are welcome to bring your own! We will need to weigh your containers before you go into the field, so that we can correctly tally your harvest once you’re done picking.
For pick your own we charge by weight.
U-Pick Hours for raspberries
- In mid to late July, when raspberries are ready, we are open from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm or by chance and are closed on Tuesday.
- In September to October we are open Sunday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm and Saturday 9:30am to 6pm.
You can plan your visit for pick-your-own or shopping in our market by checking out our hours here!
Raspberries have an intense sweet, sour flavour that reminds everyone of summer. Their flavour varies from tart to sweet depending on the variety and maturity. Our raspberries are on wires making picking enjoyable, fun and easy.
Raspberry Picking Tips
- Be careful not to fill your containers too full, the berries on the bottom will be crushed.
- Ripe raspberries should be bright, uniform in color, and firm. Avoid light red berries and berries with white or yellow tips. If the berry doesn’t release easily, it is not ripe; therefore, do not pick it.
- They should be free of dirt, mold, or decay.
- Raspberries should be picked gently; they bruise and damage easily.
- Berries should not be picked if they are wet since they will not store as well, unless of course they are destined to be eaten right away!
- When picking make sure to go low — everyone picks berries right at eye level. Some of the largest berries, however, are hidden under branches low and high, and deep in the center. Also it’s very restful to sit on the ground and pick!
- Just about everybody starts picking as soon as they arrive at the top of the patch. Be bold — go deeper into the patch before you begin to pick!
- Please pick all the ripe berries you can find from one bush before moving on to another. This is important for the plants’ health and continued productivity.
- Plan to pick either early morning or later in the day; the afternoon sun can be strong. The early picker gets the best berries.
- Come early in the weekend. The berry crop could be quickly picked out. To repeat, the early bird gets the best berry.
- Watch out for wildlife. Critters such as bees, wasps and other insects love berries as much as you do!
- Don’t forget sunscreen and bug spray.
Preparing and Storing Raspberries
- Raspberries are highly perishable. They can be be kept fresh in the refrigerator for two or three days; however, extended storage can result in the fruit losing its bright color and fresh flavour. You want to use your raspberries as soon after picking as possible.
- To prepare, remove any berries that are too soft or decayed or bits of leaves or stem that may have fallen into the box.
- DON’T wash the berries until you are ready to use them. It washes off the thin, protective epidermal layer.
- Wash raspberries and drain well. Make sure they are dry by placing them on an absorbent towel and patting gently.
- Spread berries into a single layer on a cookie sheet.
- Place the sheet in the freezer, keeping it level. Berries should be frozen solid in about 6-7 hours.
- Transfer the berries into plastic freezer bags. Remove air from the bag by using sucking on a straw inserted into the bag and sealing the bag.
- Berries are best used within 6-8 months.
Raspberries for Pie
- One pint of raspberries = approximately 2 cups.
- 2 pints of raspberries are needed for a 9” pie.