Well, my mom and I put about 40 pounds of raspberries in the freezer today. We each brought another few pounds into our kitchens to enjoy fresh. I always say I’m going to bake something fancy after a big U-picking day, but generally, the extra bucket just seems to disappear before I can work up enough motivation to pull a pastry together. That’s okay. I probably appreciate berries more in January than I do right now, and winter’s when I have a bit more time and energy at the end of the day for baking.
We drove to Childer’s Raspberry Farm outside of Albany this morning. It’s over an hour from my house, so I was really hoping the picking would be worth our while. I think we lucked out and hit it just right. In about two hours of steady but not frantic harvest, we gathered 47 pounds.
Aside from being far away, Childer’s is pretty pleasant. The fields are scenic, and the canes are well kept. This morning, the rows were loaded with both ripe and unripe berries.
Childer’s grows two varieties of raspberries, ‘Meeker’ and ‘Cascade’. They had only recently opened the ‘Cascade’ for U-picking, and those babies were so dang big that it was pretty easy to fill up our buckets.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. If you have even a bit of spare time to U-pick your own berries, you will not regret it. We paid $1.30 per pound for raspberries at Childer’s after I saw someone selling them for $2.50 per half pint (~$7-$10/lb) at the farmers’ market. Totally worth the effort.