When to Buy/In Season:
mid-July – mid-September.

How to Select:
Locally grown. Fresh fragrant smell, free of mold and musty. Berries should be velvety, plum, and sound.

Organic Issues:
Blackberries are subject to mildew and rot in wet or moist conditions. Organic growers plant varieties resistant to orange rust, or remove infected plants.

Pesticide Issues:
EWG 2009 Dirty Dozen, #20

How to Store:
Raspberries are a fairly hardy crop, and conventional raspberries are generally low on chemicals or pesticides. Organic raspberries may not be readily found in all areas.

To Freeze Fresh Raspberries:

Freeze in a single layer on baking sheets, then transfer to freezer bags or containers. Seal and freeze.

Store frozen raspberries in the freezer (0F) up to 6 months


See our Basics of Canning Fruit at Home
Home Canned fruits can be stored for up to 1 year; they may lose quality after that point. Commercially canned fruit can be stored up to 3 years.

See our Basics of Drying Fruit at Home

Dried fruit may be stored 6 – 12 months at room temperature, or indefinetly in the freezer.

Photo Source: Chrissy Gombos

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