When it’s Pick-Your-Own Berry time, you know summer has arrived in New England and it’s time to make the most of every warm sunny day. On those days when you are not at the beach or entertaining family at home, how about going berry picking with family and/or friends?
Raspberry picking season in Maine and New Hampshire is mid-July to thru October depending on variety, weather, and location. That gives you plenty of opportunities to get out to a field!
Raspberries are wonderful in a salad with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing, in muffins (try a couple different kinds of berries e.g. raspberries and blueberries), sprinkle a few on top of a bowl of Oakhurst Dairy’s cottage cheese, https://www.oakhurstdairy.com/products/sour-cream-cottage-cheese add to buttermilk pancakes, freeze raspberries and eat like candy, or just pop them straight into your mouth (we won’t tell!). Keep your pitcher of Oakhurst Dairy Iced Tea https://www.oakhurstdairy.com/products/drinks/iced-tea cool with raspberry ice cubes (add raspberries to water in an ice cube tray and freeze). The whole family will love lemonade and raspberry popsicles (combine Oakhurst Dairy lemonade and raspberries in popsicle molds and freeze). https://www.oakhurstdairy.com/products/drinks/lemonade
For tips on freezing raspberries and preserving them, check out this fun “how to” video by University of Maine Cooperative Extension http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/how-to-videos/preserving-raspberries-freezing-jams-more/
Since raspberries pair well with just about everything, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of places to pick in Maine and New Hampshire. Enjoy!
List of Places to Pick-Your-Own
Contact the place you plan to visit the day before you want to pick to verify they will be open to the public for picking. Some stands may have farm stands, bakeries, and even picnic areas. When you contact to verify they are open just ask for more information.
Portland Area/York and Cumberland Counties
Maple Springs Farm
808 Maple Ridge Road
Farm open Sunday thru Thursday noon – 4PM
**Unable to verify if they will have raspberry picking this year.
Best Berry Farm
33 Colburn Way
Farm opens Wednesday, July 17. Open farm day Sunday, July 21. In-Season Hours: Tuesdays 8AM – 7PM, Wednesday – Sunday 8AM – 5PM
187 Doles Ridge Road
Farm is open daily 6AM – Noon and 5-8PM during strawberry season (now), these hours could change during raspberry season.
82 Sanborn Road
Raspberry picking season is mid-August thru frost.
Farm is open daily, 9AM-5PM in season, call ahead for what’s available.
Libby & Son U-Picks
86 Sawyer Mt. Road
Raspberry picking season starts in August and continues into October.
201 Hanson Ridge Road
Currently closed, will open for the picking season TBD.
Snell Family Farm
1000 River Road
The farm is open daily starting at 9AM. Raspberry picking should begin July 16/17.
Route 9A (Branch Road)
(also try the store daily 7AM – 7PM 207.985.3383)
Augusta Area/Androscoggin, Kennebec, Sagadahoc, and Waldo Counties
Goss Berry Farm
311 Elm Street
Mechanic Falls, Maine
In season, check the web site daily for picking conditions or call
Roaring Brook Nurseries, Inc.
639 Gardiner Road
Raspberry Hotline 207.375.8682
Smith Farm Stand
95 Sleeper Hill Road
Raspberry picking season is now thru September.
Farm is open daily, 10AM-6PM in season, PYO begins at 8AM.
57 Alyson’s Lane
Raspberry picking will be start July 13th.
High Hopes Orchard
582 Glebe Road
Raspberry picking now until July 31
Brookdale Fruit Farm Inc.
41 Broad Street
Monday – Friday 8AM – 3PM, Saturday/Sunday 8AM – 5PM
Apple Hill Farm
580 Mountain Road
Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays 8AM – Noon and Thursdays from 4-7PM (ripe berries and weather permitting)
Carter Hill Orchard
73 Carter Hill Road
Raspberry picking is September & October
289 Maple Street
71 NE Pond Road
Open daily for picking, unless closed for ripening. Call ahead for picking conditions.
Types of berries by season from now thru fall are listed on link above.
Tips for Picking
What to bring:
Most places supply containers, but just in case throw some totes and a basket in the car.
Cash, some places will not take another form of payment.
Sunscreen and bug repellant (depending on the wind the latter might not be necessary).
Boots or shoes you don’t mind getting muddy.
What not to bring.
Best to leave Fido at home. While some farms will allow pets on leash in restricted areas, your dog will probably not enjoy sitting in a warm car while you pick.
Raspberry Jam from Martha Stewart – http://www.marthastewart.com/348926/raspberry-jam
University of Maine – how to freeze and preserve raspberries http://bit.ly/12QJBg8