Learn More – Emily’s U-Pick Patches

upickstrawberries Experience the satisfaction of picking your fruits at their peak level of ripeness straight from the field.  Emily’s u-pick strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, and pumpkin patches are abundant in selection and flavor.  The fall season also allows visitors the opportunity to pick that “perfect” pumpkin too.  Visitors need to check in with an Emily’s Team member before proceeding so that appropriate instructions and harvest updates can be provided. 

A u-pick experience cannot be duplicated!  Don’t forget to bring your camera.

Strawberries –

  • Select plump, fully firm, red berries
  • One cup of strawberries contains only 43 calories.
  • Unripe berries will not ripen once picked.
  • U-pick strawberries are much healthier than store-bought. Consumer reports says store bought strawberries have so many pesticide and fungicide residues on they, that they don’t recommend you eat them!
  • It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to pick a quart, if the berries are reasonably plentiful
  • You can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away – just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible.

Tips on How to Pick Strawberries

  1. Grasp the stem just above the berry between the forefinger and the thumbnail and pull with a slight twisting motion.
  2. With the stem broken about one-half inch from the berry, allow it to roll into the palm of your hand.
  3. Repeat these operations using both hands until each holds 3 or 4 berries.
  4. Carefully place – don’t throw – the fruit into your containers. Repeat the picking process with both hands.
  5. Don’t overfill your containers or try to pack the berries down.

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Blackberries –

  • Black Raspberries, also known as “black caps” are a very healthy food; packed with anthocyanins!
  • The USDA says 1 cup of blackberries has about 62 calories.
  • 1 cup of blackberries, not packed down weighs about 140 grams.
  • Select plump, firm, fully black berries. Unripe berries will not ripen once picked.
  • You can easily freeze berries that you can not use right away – just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible. Those vacuum food sealers REALLY do a good job!

Tips on How to Pick Blackberries

A ripe blackberry is deep black with a plump, full feel. It will pull free from the plant with only a slight tug. If the berry is red or purple, it’s not ripe yet.

Pick only the berries that are fully black. Reach in between the stems to grab for hidden berries ready for harvest. Bend down and look up into the plant and you’ll find loads of berries that other people missed.

Avoid placing the picked berries in the sunlight any longer than necessary. It is better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed than in the car trunk or on the car seat. Cool them as soon as possible after picking. Blackberries may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week, depending upon the initial quality of the berry. After a few days in storage, however, the fruit loses its bright color and fresh flavor and tends to shrivel.

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Emily’s U-Pick Pumpkin Patch is filled with unique plantings of pumpkins that vary in shape, color, and size!  Visitors take a short walk from the market to the patch and have an opportunity to find their way through a free milo maze during their adventure!  U-Pick pumpkins are weighed and the price is calculated at .50lb.  Wagons are available for pickers!