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
We use weed cloth between the rows of raspberry plants to suppress weeds and help keep moisture in the soil.
Rays of Sunshine
The raspberry plants have a direct line to the sun!
Young Raspberry Plant
We can almost see our young plants growing. We leave plenty of space between plants.
Rows of Young Raspberry Plants
The raspberry plants fill in quickly.
Wow! We cannot even count the # of berries on this raspberry plant.
Early summer and the berries are getting ripe!
The berry count is so high we cannot even count them.
First Fruit of the Season
Raspberries ripen daily. These beauties are calling out "pick me." And we do.
Bingo - Ripe Raspberry Clusters
It's hard when picking to know how much Quality Control is required.
The blackberry fruit tease us by turning red first.
Ripening raspberry cries out to be picked.