Burnham Orchards & Grandma Bea's Bakery

Blackberry Picking

2016  Pick Your Own Blackberries

Unfortunately for 2016 we will not have Pick Your Own Blackberries available for our customers. However, we do have our blackberries for sale inside our farm market now!!!

The black color ensures blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits. Antioxidants, well-known for lowering the risk of  a number of cancers,are a huge bonus, but be aware the berries are best consumed in their natural state to get the full benefits. Blackberries can be used to make wine, flavor gin, and or course blackberry jam.

Select plump, firm, fully black berries. Unripe berries will not ripen once picked.

  •  Blackberries are sold typically by the pound. A quart equals 1 and 1/2 pounds of fresh berries.
  • You can easily freeze berries that you can’t use right away – just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a zip lock bag, removing as much air as possible.  Those vacuum food sealers REALLY do a good job of this! The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.

Things to note when picking Blackberries

  • There are two types of blackberries to know about: thorny and thornless! We have thornless blackberries.
  • A ripe blackberry is deep black with a plump, full feel. It will pull free from the plant with only a slight tug.  If the berry is red or purple, it’s not ripe yet.
  • Repeat these operations using both hands until each holds 3 or 4 berries.  Unlike strawberries, blackberries are usually pretty tough. Repeat the picking process with both hands.
  • Don’t overfill your containers or try to pack the berries down.