Opening Mid – Summer 2018 (exact date TBA)
Stade’s Farm offers U-pick summer and fall raspberries. The summer crop begins early July and the fall crop begins in mid-August and continues to produce until early to mid-October.
Stade’s has over 2 acres of prime picking of this popular fruit available for your enjoyment! We have four varieties of summer raspberries and six varieties of fall berries helping to extend the picking season. Be sure to sign up for our email updates and also watch our website, Facebook, Twitter and our Newsletter for the most up-to-date information on picking conditions and availability.
Raspberry U-Pick Pricing
• $4.00 for a 1-pint
• $7.00 for a 1-quart basket
• $14.00 for a 2-quart basket
We accept all forms of payment except American Express.
Note: There is a $4 minimum U-PICK purchase of raspberries per person required to enter the pick-your-own patch.
Baskets are included in the price. You must pick using the containers we provide.
U-Pick Hours – during raspberry U-PICK season
We are open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please check our website, Twitter, Facebook, or call 815-675-6396 for picking conditions and more information. We recommend you check our website, Twitter and/or Facebook for the most recent picking, crop, and weather conditions that may affect your u-pick experience. Stade’s reserves the right to close the Raspberry Patch due to inclement weather (heavy rain, thunder, lightning and/or high winds) without advance notice in order to protect their customers and employees.
How to Pick Raspberries
When picking, you want to part the leaves with your hands to look for berries, picking only the berries that are dark red. Oftentimes people think raspberries have thorns, but they do not. They do however have tiny stickers, kind of like Velcro. Those can be tender to the skin so try and touch only the berries which generally is easy to do since the berries stand out from the rest of the plant.
You will want to grasp the berry with your fingers and thumb and pull gently. Ripe raspberries will come off easily in your hand, leaving the core still attached to the stem. If the berry doesn’t release easily, it is not ripe; therefore, do not pick it. Raspberries can damage easily so you want to be sure you place them carefully in your basket.
Never leave your berries in the car trunk or on the car seat for too long. You’ll want to cool them as soon as possible after picking. Raspberries are perishable, so you will want to refrigerate them as soon as possible after picking. Unripe berries will not ripen once picked.
Storing Your Raspberries
• Raspberries may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for two or three days; however, extended storage can result in the fruit losing its bright color and fresh flavor. You want to use your raspberries as soon after picking as possible.
• DON’T wash the berries until you are ready to use them. It washes off the thin, protective epidermal layer.
• When you are ready to use your berries, pour them out into shallow pans and remove any mushed, soft or rotting berries. Place the berries in a colander and submerge two or three times in a sink full of cold water. Drain well
• Enjoy as a snack, over ice cream, in oatmeal, yogurt or any other delectable dish you can think of.
Starting with fresh picked raspberries:
1. Wash berries and be sure they drain well; gently place them on an absorbent terry cloth towel, patting gently before freezing.
2. Take a cookie sheet with raised edges and place the berries in a single layer on the tray.
3. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer, keeping it level, and freeze the berries until they are solid, usually 6-7 hours.
4. Once they are solid, remove the berries from the tray and transfer them into plastic freezer bags. Remove as much air as possible from freezer bags before sealing. You can do this by using a straw and sucking the air out of the bag. (See Helpful Hints below).
5. Berries are best used within 6 – 8 months.
• Label the bags first with the date and any other information you desire on your bag. Writing on a bulky, wet bag is next to impossible, so do it before filling your bags.
• If you don’t own a vacuum sealer but want to get as much air out of your Ziploc bags, try using a straw to manually suck out excess air. I know, it sounds crazy but it does help. When you close your Ziploc bag, leave a section unzipped, just wide enough for a straw. (Use a firm straw. Those wimpy bendable ones really don’t work as well). With the straw in place, remove air by sucking the air out until the bag collapses more. Now, for the tricky part: Press the straw closed where it is inserted to try and prevent escaping air and quickly press the bag closed as you retract the straw. Although not a perfect solution, it works fairly well and if you’re doing this when the kids are around it provides wonderful entertainment.
Berries for Pie
• One (1)pint of Raspberries = approximately 2 cups
• 2 pints (4 cups) of raspberries are needed for a 9″ pie
Click here for an Old-Fashioned Raspberry Jam recipe.
Stocking up on fresh raspberries can help keep your diet healthy all year long. A few simple steps now will have you and your family enjoying this delightful fruit for months to come.
Vern & Gayle Stade
A delightful, fresh fruit for jams, jellies, juices or eaten alone.
• While the most common type of raspberry (Rubus idaeus) is red-pink in color, hybrids actually come in a range of colors, including black, purple, orange, yellow and white.
• Xylitol is a low-calorie sugar substitute extracted from raspberries. A. Xylitol absorbs more slowly in the intestines than sugar and does not contribute to high glycemic index, and thus, can be helpful in diabetics.
• Not only are raspberries delicious, they are also low in calories and saturated fats while being a rich source of dietary fiber, and antioxidants.
• Raspberries contain beneficial minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron, and magnesium. They are also rich in vitamin K, B-Complex, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.
• Raspberries shouldn’t be washed until immediately before eating.
• There are over 200 species of raspberries across the world.
• Raspberry plants can live for up to 10 years.
• Raspberries are a delicate berry because of their hollow core and should be handled very gently.
“Too many people talk about the weather, and not enough people talk about agriculture. When somebody says to me, “Beautiful weather we’re having,” I always reply, “Irrigation and crop rotation.” ― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE