Cricklewood Farm offers fresh, pre-picked raspberries in our friendly farm market. Our summer raspberries typically begin in early July and last for a month. The fall crop begins in late August and continues to produce until the first frost, sometime in early to mid October.
For larger quantities of raspberries please phone ahead to place an order.
In mid to late July, when raspberries are ready, we are open from 8:30 to 1:00 pm or by chance and are closed on Tuesday. August we are open Sunday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm and are closed on Tuesday.
In September to October we are open Sunday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm and Saturdays 9:30am to 6pm.
Plan your visit by checking out our hours here!!
Preparing and Storing Raspberries
- Raspberries are highly perishable. They can be be kept fresh in the refrigerator for two or three days; however, extended storage can result in the fruit losing its bright color and fresh flavour. You want to use your raspberries as soon after picking as possible.
- To prepare, remove any berries that are too soft or decayed or bits of leaves or stem that may have fallen into the box.
- DON’T wash the berries until you are ready to use them. It washes off the thin, protective epidermal layer.
- Wash raspberries and drain well. Make sure they are dry by placing them on an absorbent towel and patting gently.
- Spread berries into a single layer on a cookie sheet.
- Place the sheet in the freezer, keeping it level. Berries should be frozen solid in about 6-7 hours.
- Transfer the berries into plastic freezer bags. Remove air from the bag by using sucking on a straw inserted into the bag and sealing the bag.
- Berries are best used within 6-8 months.
Raspberries for Pie
- One pint of raspberries = approximately 2 cups.
- 2 pints of raspberries are needed for a 9” pie.