Saturday, June 4, 2011

Red raspberries ripening

  Red raspberries have started ripening, and will be heavy from about June 8 to 28.  We grow 'Reveille', which has outstanding flavor and is practically spineless.
'Reveille' red raspberries have started ripening. They're easy to pick since they're almost spineless.
'Reveille' is very productive, and there will be plenty of red raspberries for those who want large amounts for freezing and jam-making from about June 8 to 28.
    Black raspberries start ripening a few days later, and should be heavy between June 10 and 25.  This is the first fruiting year for 'Jewel' black raspberry, which we planted last year after removing the 'Black Hawk' plants.  'Jewel' is twice the size of 'Black Hawk' so is much easier to pick.  Black raspberries make wonderful jam, syrup or homemade ice cream, with a unique flavor not available in stores.  Black raspberries also have the highest levels of cancer-preventing antioxidants of any temperate-zone fruits.
Many 'Jewel' black raspberries will be ripe about June 10 to 25.

  If you want to come pick raspberries, call 620-597-2450 or e-mail and leave a message saying what day and time you plan to come, and about how many pints you want to get. We're now open our summer hours: 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon Mon. to Sat., and 7-9 p.m. every evening.