Rebecca MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm raspberry
patch, 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.
- What can
Raspberries (usually late June and most of
July. Fall raspberries mid-Sept - frost)
Red Currants: usually mid-June - early July
Black Currants: usually July
All our other produce (strawberries, tomatoes,
etc.) is picked by us, and is for sale at our
store in season.
Raspberries and currants: $13.00/kg
($5.90/lb), approx $3.50 - $4.00 / pint
Pumpkins: Jack o'lantern type: $1.10/kg, exotic
Admission to the patch $5.00 per person. This fee
includes a free pint of PYO raspberries.
Gift shop: free (sorry, no tacky gifts on our
Petting zoo: free (it's a small zoo -a Chocolate
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 Prelude, Nova,
For fast picking, leave your
container on the ground and pick with two
See: How we
grow our crops