Coldweather Farm U-Pick Gaspereau

Raspberries and Blackberries

Open July and August from 7am - 7pm with later variety of Large Blackberries running into the Fall Season

908 Gaspereau River Road, Nova Scotia, Canada Exit 9 off the 101 HWY


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Pick Your Own Raspberries & Blackberries
If you are Planning to Visit our Raspberry Farm, read these Information Tips First!

Picking your own raspberries during peak season will provide you with fresher and tastier raspberries than store-purchased berries, especially if the store bought raspberries are not local, but have instead, been shipped from another area of the Country. his is especially true if you plan to freeze your raspberries for later use to make pies, smoothies, desserts, and more!

~ Plan Ahead. Decide how many pints, or how many pounds / kilograms of raspberries you want to take home..

~ The best time of the day to pick your own raspberries is in the morning or on a cool, cloudy day, when the sun has not made them too hot, so they will not begin to spoil before you take them home. Some sources claim that picking your berries at this time also means that your raspberries will be more tasty.

~ Call for availability and crop conditions before you go. Rain, and cooler temperatures affect the ripening of the raspberries.

~ Fibre and wooden containers are preferable to plastic containers because plastic containers "heat" the raspberries and do not allow them to "breathe" making them more prone to spoil.

Rasperry picking tips

1. Raspberry bushes don't have thorns, but they can be prickly, so bear this in mind when picking!
2. Ripe raspberries are deep in color with a plump, soft but firm feel. When picked it will pull free from the plant with only a slight tug. The center will stay on the plant.
3. Pick only the fully ripe berries! Look between the stems for hidden berries ready to be picked. Try bending down and looking up into the plant - you may find berries other people missed!
4. A good way to pick is to hold the stem with one hand, while picking with the other.
5. Don't overfill your containers or try to pack the berries down.
6. Avoid placing the picked berries in the sunlight any longer than necessary. It's better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed than in the car trunk or on a car seat. Cool them as soon as possible after picking!

Storage tips

1. Don't wash the berries until you're ready to use them or freeze them. Washing makes them more likely to spoil.
2. Refrigerate! Right after picking, place raspberries in the fridge. Lightly cover the container if your fridge tends to dry out produce.
3. Raspberries are less perishable than blueberries or strawberries, but refrigerate them as soon as possible after picking.
4. Even under ideal conditions raspberries will only keep for a week in a refrigerator, so for best flavor and texture, use them as soon as possible after purchase!

Summer Fresh Raspberry Pie

1/2 cup water
4 cups fresh raspberries, divided
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 (9 inch) baked pie crust
1 cup whipped cream for garnish
1 teaspoon lemon zest for garnish

1. Heat 1 cup raspberries and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until raspberries soften, about 5 minutes. Strain raspberries into a bowl through a fine mesh sieve; discard seeds. Return mashed berries to the saucepan.
2. Stir cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water in a bowl until dissolved and stir into mashed berries; add sugar.
3. Heat raspberry mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Allow raspberry sauce to cool to room temperature.
4. Line the prepared pie crust with remaining 3 cups raspberries. Pour raspberry sauce over berries and chill until set. Serve garnished with whipped cream and lemon zest!
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