Raspberries are a delicious, interesting fruit. They weigh three to five grams each, and consist of a single, central seed that’s surrounded by up to 100 drupelets, or the red, juicy pulp on the outside. The Westmoreland Berry Farm grows raspberries for both a Spring and Fall crop, ensuring our raspberry-lovers have an ample supply upon their visits throughout the growing seasons. When picking raspberries, it’s important not to tug too hard, as the most ripe, delicious raspberries will break from the vine very easily. Once picked, raspberries can remain chilled for up to five days, or placed in an air-tight container and frozen.
What Raspberries Can Do
The Westmoreland Berry Farm begins to focus on the raspberry crops in the early spring, perhaps even earlier if the past winter was exceptionally warm. It’s best to soak the roots in water before planting, ensuring the soon-to-be berries have an adequate supply of water and nutrients. Some raspberry plants will require a support structure, or trellis, to reach their full potential, which must be in place before the plant begins to grow. It’s equally important to properly mulch around raspberry plants to discourage weeds and conserve water. This prevents the growth of “canes,” or excess roots that must be trimmed away to make room for berries.
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Of all the berries that the Westmoreland Berry Farm offers, none draws a more enthusiastic crowd than our beautiful black raspberries. Our black raspberry crops are available for a very short time, usually the first week in July. They have become very popular with visitors, who seek them out annually. Commonly confused with blackberries, the black raspberry is, on average, smaller and covered with tiny hairs (like a raspberry). They are harvested earlier in the year than blackberries, and are much more capable of withstanding colder temperatures. As far as taste, many visitors have commented that black raspberries are less tart than blackberries, making them better for fresh eating.
Raspberries are known to grow best in cooler, more moderate climates.
Raspberries love water, and require as much as one inch per week for growth.
In the summer months, raspberries can ripen in as little as two weeks.
Raspberries are one of the last vulnerable berries to pests and diseases.