Raspberry picking is a labor of love...
The raspberry is sweet, thimble-shaped, with edible seeds and an intense flavor and aroma. There are two bearing seasons for raspberries: summer and fall. The summer crop is usually available starting the end of June and goes through late July. The fall crop starts in late August and can last until the first hard frost of fall. In addition, not only do they come in the traditional red but we also offer a sweet yellow raspberry in the fall. Please call our recorded message at 860-633-7467 for updated picking information or sign up for our Facebook updates.
This favorite summer and early fall berry is ruby red in color. The raspberry is sweet, thimble-shaped, with edible seeds and an intense flavor and aroma.
How to pick raspberries
- Large or small, every deep red berry is ripe, luscious and ready-to-eat.
- So pick all the red ones you can find in your assigned area.
- Choose plump, soft, bright colored raspberries that show no signs of mold.
- Raspberries are very fragile, so handle with care.
- Be sure to look under and deep within the leaves to find a bounty of beautiful berries.
Take 'em home
- Remember, raspberries are perishable and need to be handled gently.
- Protect the berries from sunlight... particularly in your car.
- Take the berries straight home... don't leave them in a hot car.
Storing your raspberries...
- Store fresh raspberries in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
- Place in shallow containers to prevent crushing.
- Do not rinse berries until ready to serve or process.
- Do not wash raspberries before freezing.
- For loose packed berries, spread them in a shallow roasting pan or cookie sheet and
place in freezer until hard, approximately 1 hour.
- Transfer to freezer in either bags or containers; store at 0 degrees or lower.
- Freezer life is one year.
Red Raspberries are the Berry Best!
- Raspberries are low in calories, fat, and carbohydrates.
- Raspberries are rich in Vitamin C and fiber, both of which have been shown to
help reduce the risks of certain cancers.
- Raspberries contain elegiac acid, a phenolic compound shown to have anti-cancer,
anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. This substance is readily absorbed from
raspberries. Raspberries contain other strong antioxidants like quercetin and gallic
acid that fight cancer, heart disease, and age-related decline. Their ORAC
level (a measure of antioxidants) is similar to that of blueberries.
- Consumption of whole berries has been shown to be more beneficial than
taking the individual phytochemicals as dietary supplements – and a lot tastier!
Enjoy your red raspberries...
- By the handful, fresh or frozen On cereal, pancakes, or waffles
- In salads and sauces
- In tarts and other desserts
- In smoothies
Please visit our recipes page for many delicious treats you can make yourself with our produce.
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