Raspberry Picking in the GTA
Picking your own raspberries is a great way to spend a summer day with your family. Late July is peak season for raspberries. Here's where you can head out to pick your own in the Greater Toronto Area.
Andrews Scenic Acres/Scotch Block Winery
Barrie Hill Farms
Mount Albert, ON
Downey's Farm Market & Winery
6202 Walkers Line, Burlington
Organics Family Farm
7550 19th Avenue, Markham
1805 Taunton Road East, Hampton
Pine Ridge Farms
Warden Avenue, 1.5 km north of Major Mackenzie Dr
7256 Bell School Line, Milton
Spring View Farms
11680 Durham Road 1
Whittamores Farm, Shop & Pick Your Own
You can also visit the Ontario Berry Growers Association for more locations: www.ontarioberries.com .
A few tips before heading out to berry pick:
Call before going to the farm for availability. When in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean! Also, rain can affect raspberry crops and since we've had a ton of rain this year, call ahead for picking conditions.
Check if the farm supplies containers or if you need to bring your own. Flatter containers are better so you don't squish your berries.
Go picking early to avoid disappointment, if the fields have been picked clean.
Do not heap raspberries more than 3 inches deep in your basket or they will turn to mush.
Bring drinks and snacks; you may work up a thirst and appetite!
Don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun.
Do you have a favourite farm to pick your own raspberries? Share below!