Now is the perfect time to plant raspberry plants and establish a patch in your garden or homestead. Once established, these raspberry plants will produce fruit in the summer and fall. They are easy to care for and will also naturally reproduce and spread every spring.
For a limited time, we are offering bare root raspberry plants for local pick up. Each purchase comes with written care instructions of how to plant and care for them so you will have healthy, productive plants. Price is per plant. Minimum of 5 plants to order. The exact variety of this raspberry plant is currently unknown but we believe it is Heritage Heirloom.
Ways to Enjoy Raspberries
One of the best ways to enjoy raspberries is fresh! There is nothing quite as delicious as fresh berries right off the plant. While we harvest our raspberries, our children often eat more than they collect! They make a great fresh topping for oatmeal and yogurt or enjoyed plain by themselves.
One of the easiest ways to preserve raspberries is to freeze them. Simply line a shallow pan with wax paper and lay the raspberries in a single layer on the pan. Place in the freezer for 1-2 hours to flash freeze the berries. This will help the berries to freeze individually and not in a large clump. Take the tray out of the freezer and use the wax paper to funnel the berries into a freezer zip bag. After sealing the freezer bag, place in the freezer immediately to prevent them from thawing and sticking together.
We love enjoying frozen raspberries throughout the year. We top cereal, oatmeal, and yogurt with them. Our children also love eating them frozen. A delicious and healthy treat!
Raspberry juice is absolutely delicious and easy to make. After you harvest fresh berries, place them in a pot and cover with water. Place them on the stove over medium heat and bring them to gentle boil for about 10 minutes. Be sure to stir regularly to prevent them from over flowing. When the berries start to break down, remove the pot from the heat and allow the liquid to cool. Using a strainer and cheesecloth over a clean bowl, strain the liquid and press to extract all the juice.
You can use the juice fresh by pouring the juice into a pitcher, adding a sweetener of your choice, and then filling with water. You can also freeze the juice by pouring into quart freezer bags. Be sure to get all of the extra air out of the bag and freeze flat to save space.
Jam or Jelly
A favorite way to preserve fresh raspberries is by making it into jams and jellies. This way requires more equipment but it is a delicious way to enjoy your garden fresh raspberries. There are many different recipes for making jams or jellies and we encourage you to do some research to find one that appeals to you.