U-Picking Raspberries, Saving on Local Berries

Even though we grow our own raspberries our yard just isn’t big enough to grow all that we need. So each year I always make a plan to go out and u-pick also, to stock my freezer with berries and to make some jam.

Raspberry Banner


This year I went with a friend of mine on a day that was supposed to get into the 90’s. Since it was going to be a hot day Burns Farm opened it’s u-pick an hour early. So we arrived at 8 am to start picking in the cool hours of the morning.

We have been picking at Burns Farm for about three years now. The people are always so nice and the fields are really well-kept too. When you first pull into the parking, you are greeted by these beautiful hanging flower baskets at their farm stand.

Hanging Baskets Out Front


They don’t have containers so we brought our own containers to carry our berries home in. But they have buckets with ropes attached to them to pick into. If you have never used one of these buckets you have to give it a try. I just tie it around my waist and then I can use two hands to pick. I love that it makes the picking go so much faster.

Bucket for Picking with Two Hands


Raspberry Rows


If you don’t want to pick the berries yourself,  they have a great farm stand too. They had lots of berries the day we went and vegetables too.

Already Picked Raspberries


Berries already picked


Lots of Other Produce Too


Don’t those just look so good. The day we picked we were able to pick two and half flats of raspberries in about two hours. The price was good too at $1.50/lb. I put most of the ones I picked into the freezer since I had already made some freezer jam this year. We also had to eat quite a few berries too. They were so good.

If you want to find a u-pick farm near you, check out Pick Your Own, they have u-pick farms listed by state. Next on my u-pick list is marionberries. The day we went to pick raspberries they just weren’t quite ready to pick.

Marionberries not quite ready to pick


Do you have a favorite u-pick farm? What is your favorite berry to u-pick?


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3 thoughts on “U-Picking Raspberries, Saving on Local Berries”

  1. We pick apples just about every year and love it. It’s such a fun family building activity. I’ve looked into picking our own berries but haven’t found a place/good price yet. 🙂

    Those raspberries look so delicious, Shelly! It was a great idea to get started picking bright and early too. It’s really start to heat up over here in IL, too.

    1. Sandra, I am lucky to have a berry farm not far away that let people u-pick. U-picking apples isn’t something I have done before but I do want to make applesauce this year.

  2. Those berries look delicious! We picked some strawberries back in March, and we plan to pick peaches and apples later in the summer and fall. It’s so much fun and I love that the fruit is very fresh.

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