Just minutes from Boston and centrally located, Londonderry, New Hampshire offers families the chance to pick delicious Raspberries. Sunncyrest Farm and Elwood Orchards both offer u-pick daily starting in late June, early July.
This season is a long one. It starts at the end of June or the beginning of July. It will go into the early fall with red raspberries first then the black variety of the fruit. The fall crop is picked from Labor Day until the first frost.
Did you know…
Raspberry shelf life is VERY short. They only keep for a day or two in the refrigerator. If you don’t plan to do anything with them for longer than a day, freezing them is usually the best idea.
Raspberries are high in fiber. Half to one pound of raspberry fruit per day can provide twenty to thirty grams of fiber which is adequate for an adult daily nutrition requirement. Raspberries are high in potassium, vitamin A and calcium they contain about 50% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
Raspberry Picking Facts
- Look under the leaves for berries. Use both hands–one hand to hold the branch, the other to pick the berries.
- Pick all fully ripe berries with no green or white tips. Handle the berries gently. Keep the stems and hulls on fruit.
- Don’t pile the berries too high or bottom berries will be crushed.
- Pick early in the morning when berries are still cool and the sun hasn’t had time to soften them, or early evening when the sun is setting.
- Always call before you go to the farm – raspberries are affected by weather (especially rain and cooler temperatures) more than most crops.
Farms that have fresh U-Pick Raspberries in Londonderry:
Sunnycrest Farm, fields open 7 AM to noon, raspberry picking is only Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Elwood Orchard, fields open 8 AM to 6 PM
Picking season begins at the end of June or the very start of July and ends in September.