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
3) Each picker is expected to pick at least
- What can we
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
What does it cost?
Currants: $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!
Gift shop: free (sorry, no tacky gifts on our
Petting zoo: free (it's a small zoo -a Chocolate
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
Anyone! Children of all ages are
allowed in the patch. Only humans are allowed
in the patch.
- What do
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).
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.
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
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
varieties do you grow?
Raspberries 2015: Boyne, Prelude, Nova,
Titan, plus a couple of others
For fast picking, leave your
container on the ground and pick with two
See: How we
grow our crops