When, where & how to pick blackberries
mid to late July through August
Pick Your Own at Local Farms:
Click on a farm for address, Google map and contact information.
Highland Orchards (West Chester, PA) • Indian Orchards (near Media, PA)
Linvilla Orchards (Media, PA) • Shady Brook Farm (Yardley, PA)
Solebury Orchards (New Hope, PA) • Styer Orchard (Langhorne, PA)
Weaver's Orchard (Morgantown)
Milburn Orchards (Elkton, MD)
Blueberries may be the superstar superfood of this bunch, but blackberries and raspberries also provide an overall nutritional boost crucial to growing kids. Antioxidant-rich berries aid bone development through high levels of manganese and vitamin K, which aid calcium-absorption. And as brain food, berries help to improve memory and general cognitive function as a result of anthocyanins, the antioxidants that give fruit its distinctive color. So when you go picking, remember: The deeper the color, the bigger the nutrient punch.
Farmers' Picking Tip:
Pick blackberries with a dull finish. Blackberries that are shiny still need another day or half-day to ripen.