Wear long sleeves and pants to pick raspberries, as they have thorns. Lightweight material will help you stay cool!
Arrive early as there is little shade in a raspberry patch, and it gets hot quickly! Drink plenty of water!
It is advisable to check your patch for ripe raspberries every day, or every other day during the raspberry harvest season.
The raspberries mature at different rates, so you will want to go through the patch and pick only the ripe ones.
Choose raspberries that are plump, firm and fully ripe.
Do not pick raspberries which have not fully ripened.
Unlike some fruit, raspberries do not continue to ripen after they are picked.
A fully ripe raspberry will gently fall into your hand when you pull on it slightly, without effort.
When picked, raspberry fruit detaches from the receptacle, so the fruit will have a “cupped” shaped cavity at its centre.
If you need to tug at the berry, it is not ready to be picked!
You can use our shallow berry containers to pick berries. Piling them into deep buckets will cause them to get mushy.
REFRIGERATE raspberries immediately when you get home!!! They are extremely perishable. Use the berries within 2 days and wash them when you get ready to use them. Washing them before refrigeration will lead to mold in your berries.
The best time of the day to pick raspberries is in the morning or on a cool, cloudy day, when the sun has not made them too hot, so they will not get mushy as you put them into your containers.
Some sources claim that picking raspberries at this time also means that the flavor will be optimal.