RASPBERRIES

 

Red, golden, black, purple.  Sweet and tart, juicy, perfect fresh or frozen.  As-is or in a jam, jelly, sauce or dessert.  You can't go wrong.  Although we did initially.  We have it figured out now, and each summer produce 10 quarts of raspberries each day in the height of the growing season.

 

We grow summer-bearing and ever-bearing varieties - 4 varieties of red raspberries and 1 variety of blackberry.  These thrive on our farm, producing from early spring to late fall, even after a frost.  

 

We use the land we have wisely.  We have animals that produce fertilizer we use to compost with, and amend our soil for the raspberry plants to thrive.  We have a great, sunlit plot of land that allows us to plant full rows of raspberry plants in neat, easy to access rows; for picking, pruning, weeding and amending the soil.  

 

The result?  Sweet, delicious, melt-in-your mouth fruit.  If you can, come taste for yourself.  If not, enjoy the summer's progress in the pictures below.

 

Raspberry Weed & Moisture Control

Raspberry Weed & Moisture Control

We use weed cloth between the rows of raspberry plants to suppress weeds and help keep moisture in the soil.

Rays of Sunshine

Rays of Sunshine

The raspberry plants have a direct line to the sun!

Young Raspberry Plant

Young Raspberry Plant

We can almost see our young plants growing. We leave plenty of space between plants.

Rows of Young Raspberry Plants

Rows of Young Raspberry Plants

The raspberry plants fill in quickly.

Fruit-laden Plants

Fruit-laden Plants

Wow! We cannot even count the # of berries on this raspberry plant.

Getting Ripe

Getting Ripe

Early summer and the berries are getting ripe!

Counting Raspberries

Counting Raspberries

The berry count is so high we cannot even count them.

First Fruit of the Season

First Fruit of the Season

Raspberries ripen daily. These beauties are calling out "pick me." And we do.

Bingo - Ripe Raspberry Clusters

Bingo - Ripe Raspberry Clusters

It's hard when picking to know how much Quality Control is required.

Ripening Blackberries

Ripening Blackberries

The blackberry fruit tease us by turning red first.

Pick me!

Pick me!

Ripening raspberry cries out to be picked.

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