At one point it seemed like summer would never get here. Now it’s here and going by so very fast! Just another 8 weeks and the kids are back in school when it just feels like they got off yesterday!
One of the great things about the summer moving along is it means that raspberry harvest is right around the corner. At Cornaby’s Farm we grow a few different types of berries, but they are all late bearing in that we harvest from mid July through October, instead of some of the early May and June crops. This year some spring rain got things going with a bang and the farm is well on its way to the first pickings of the seasons about two weeks early! Yeah, my tastebuds are already doing a happy dance, especially because I’m down to only 6 containers of Jam in a Jiffy raspberry jam and I must make more this year.
So a few bits of news from the farm:
1: Berries will be available starting mid July. This is a little early and the first pickings will be a bit light, but they will be there. Just call ahead if you’d like to come by and get a flat. As the season picks up there will be more availability but it’s never a bad idea to call ahead so we can be ready for you. There will be discounts for multi flat sales. (801-472-8365)
2: Berries will come in 6 pound flats, which will be picked and kept in a refrigerator truck so they’re held crisp and perfect until you get there.
3: There will not be a U-pick option this year. We’re sorry to have to discontinue this, but due to insurance concerns it’s not something the farm can continue to do. However, we’re still happy to teach classes about berries and planting and such, so if you have a canning group, boyscouts, etc, we do have materials and such we can provide.
4: You can find us at the Spanish Fork Farmer’s market every Saturday starting July 25th! We try to drop off additional flats during the day as the market goes on, but it is possible for us to sell out of fruit, so come early!
5: There won’t be blackberries this year. They’ve struggled and we’re going to look at new varieties and options.
6: Come and see the shade cloth! One of the coolest things happening this year is that we are part of a study to examine the benefits of covering raspberry plants with a thin mesh cloth called shade cloth. This keeps some of the heat, it’s upto 10 degrees cooler under the cloth, and the direct sun off the berries, while still allowing rain and some light through. I always think of it like being a kid under a trampoline. You still got some sun, but it was much more comfortable. The same thing goes for the berries. Unprotected berries will get sunburn where parts of the berry will be bleached white and the texture is harder. The hope is that this process of shielding the berries will make for better yields and sweeter berries. Come on by and take a look!
We’re so thankful for being able to be family farmers. So many people are many generations removed from their food and we get to go out and get our hands (faces, pants, shoes and everything else) dirty every day and be part of the support of our local economies and food supply. It’s a blessing even when it’s hard, but we love the land and are proud of our heritage of family farming and providing the very best nature has to offer from our farm to your table.
Now, if you’re wondering what to do with those lovely raspberries once you get them home, here are some suggestions!
1: Wash and eat. No fuss, though I can’t guarantee no mess.
2: Serve in a bowl with a little bit of cream or milk and sugar. Best breakfast ever!
3: Go to this post where we have our Strawberry Spinach Salad. Replace the strawberries with raspberries. Consume with delight.
4: Spread them out on a cookie tray and freeze before removing to a ziploc bag and storing in the freezer. This gives you wonderful berries that are ready to go in smoothies, cookies, or any other fresh application all through the winter.
5: Whip up some jam in a jiffy raspberry jam and use to fill thumbprint cookies, top homemade bread or just eat by the spoonful.
So what do you do with your berries?