With cooler weather and rain expected every day for the coming week, the end of berry season is quickly coming to an end in our southeast Michigan area.
Which meant if I wanted to have more Michigan-grown berries to eat fresh, makes jams, or freeze, I needed to go out this weekend to do some picking.
I found a new local u-pick farm that not only had fall red raspberries, but also yellow raspberries as well as fall bearing blackberries.
What a treat! I’ve never been to a u-pick farm that had fall bearing blackberries.
The owners have a strict policy for COVID-19:
- Social distancing
- Washing sinks in the field as well as the entrance of their fields
Fall berries in Michigan start coming in during early August and continue to bear fruit until a hard frost.
I usually pick berries in late August and plan to do another picking in late September.
But given we already had two nights of frost a couple weeks ago, I didn’t want to press my luck and miss an opportunity to pick more berries.
You never knew when the next frost will be a hard frost!
I’ll be freezing most of the berries for making jam later, but will save some to make a pear raspberry tart to enjoy this week!