Pick Your Own
Raspberry Picking
Photo:  Rebecca MacTavish, July 6, 2006
Picking at Hutchinson Farm - an authentic farm experience!
If commercialized farming, gift shops, or the chaos of "farm entertainment" is not your cup of tea, our farm may be just what you're looking for! It's all about our crops, the goings on of a real farm, a keen interest in food, plus the peace and quiet of the country. Kids with imaginations will not want to leave.

This page has everything you ever wanted to know about picking berries at Hutchinson Farm.
Here's a quick summary:
1) Bring your own containers -anything that will hold a berry will work (bags are not suitable).
2) It might be hot in the patch -it's summer after all -so if you can, it's best to come in the morning.
3) Each picker is expected to pick at least $5.00

  • What can we pick?
    In season: raspberries, currants (red and black) and pumpkins. All our other produce is picked by us, and is for sale at our store in season.

  • What does it cost?
    2015 prices:

    $8.00/kg ($3.40/lb), approx $4.00 - 4.50 / quart
    Raspberries: $11.00/kg ($5.00/lb), approx $3.00 - 3.50 / pint

    Before entering the patch, all pickers pre-pay for $5.00 of berries. This amount will be deducted from the cost of your berries that you pick. To get your $5.00 of berries, all you need to do is pick about  2 pints raspberries. Please note, should you pick less than $5.00 of berries, you will NOT be refunded the difference. Why do we do this? Crowd control!

    Other fees:
    Parking: free
    Gift shop: free (sorry, no tacky gifts on our farm)
    Petting zoo: free (it's a small zoo -a Chocolate Labrador Retriever)
    Entrance fee: free
    Your own containers: free
    Our containers: $1.50/ 4 litre basket (empty, sorry berries not included)
    Your own drinks: free
    Our drinks: $1.00 (water)

  • Who can pick?
    Anyone! Children of all ages are allowed in the patch. Only humans are allowed in the patch.

  • What do I bring?
    Containers: Any container will do: baskets, pails, Tupperware, ice cream containers, mixing bowls, etc. We do have containers available, but you have to buy them. Cardboard containers are very common, but they're really not the best for picking if it has rained -they get soggy! Raspberries squish under their own weight, so it's best to bring lots of containers and only fill them up a bit (no more than 2 inches).

    Insect repellent may be needed (primarily in the morning in the raspberry patch).

    Some refreshment (we do sell water, but feel free to bring your own).

  • Basket Re-use Centre
    Sometimes (with enough donations) we have used baskets that you are welcome to use and take home. If you have any extra containers at home, donations are always welcome to the bin.

  • What should I wear?
    High heels and white pants....or wide brimmed hats, old (pre-worn?) clothes, comfortable shoes. When picking raspberries, you might want to wear a long sleeved shirt to protect your arms from being scratched by the canes. Be prepared to get wet feet in the raspberry patch in the morning (we can get heavy dews).

  • When should we come?
    Avoid the mid afternoon -it can get very hot out in the patch. Come first thing in the morning (we open at 9:00), when the berries are cool. Raspberries shouldn't be picked when they're wet, if they are, use them right away. Please note, we keep strict hours. Should you arrive early (before 9:00) you will have to wait until 9:00 to start picking. When we close, we really close! -no stragglers allowed. In fact, we don't allow access to the patch 1 hour prior to closing.

  • What varieties do you grow?

    Raspberries 2015: Boyne, Prelude, Nova, Titan, plus a couple of others

  • Any other tips?
    For fast picking, leave your container on the ground and pick with two hands!

  • What about pesticides?
    See: How we grow our crops