A friend we made on Facebook years ago made it out here for the first time yesterday. She recently was the beneficiary of a lung transplant and this was her first trip to mile-high country since the surgery. (She reported being a little winded but refreshed by the events of the day.)
We were able to gather quart size treasuries of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and mulberries within about 10-15 minutes per variety. (The strawberries are getting a little more difficult to find, but they’re out there.)
Color alone is not the best guide to ripeness. A blackberry can be deep black but if it resists picking, it will likely still be a little tart. On the other hand, if you can find one that looks like it’s just on the verge of rotting away, (super soft), get ready for a jolt of pure berry-sugar that will knock you over.
We’re open for u-pick from 10 AM to 4 PM, Wednesdays through Saturday. Remember the early pickers usually have an advantage and we have no idea how long the crop will last on any given day. At this point, I would call raspberry picking “ridiculously easy.”
The old man dropped in on dress rehearsal last night and took a few pictures. “Red Riding Hood Goes West” was written for the farm by our previous theater director, Eric Drazin, and it was a favorite of our current director, Gabriel Riley. Music, theatrics, and comedy are first-rate in this production and you’re going to enjoy a great barbecue dinner as well — up here in Oak Glen where it cools down at night. Saturday (7/24) is sold out, but we still have tickets for 7/23, 7/30, and 7/31.
Tags: blackberries, Mulberries, Raspberries, strawberries, U-Pick
This post was written by Jim Riley