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Where and when can I find Blackraspberries?

Michael Lemaire Jun 28, 2006 11:10 PM

A few years ago, I used to find blackraspberries for a brief period of time and I am so looking forward to some this year, but I know that their season is brief and that there are not many suppliers. Can anyone help?

  1. Melanie Wong Jun 28, 2006 11:15 PM

    You might want to call Kozlowski Farms in Forestville (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County). Haven't seen them yet, but I haven't been looking. They grown 'em in the past and sometimes have enough to sell them at the farm.


    1. Euonymous Jun 28, 2006 11:24 PM

      This may not be the kind of help you're looking for, but black raspberries grow abundantly around San Francisco. I have seen them in all over in Golden Gate Park, and also in Diamond Heights.

      Let me know if you'd like more locational info.


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      1. re: Euonymous
        chocolatetartguy Jun 28, 2006 11:42 PM

        I believe that those are wild blackberries and not black raspberries. I have those vines in my backyard.

        I can't say that I've ever seen black raspberries at the farmer's market and I am always casing out the bushberries. Your best bet is to talk to the sellers of red and yellow raspberries. My guess is that the season would be very short, like tayberries (1 wk!) and boysenberries (almost gone).

      2. rabaja Jun 28, 2006 11:53 PM

        Although I haven't seen any yet, I know I rediscover them each summer and am always pleasantly surprised. Monterey Market will have them when they come into season, but I don't think we're quite there yet. Trying to remember the stand I've bought them at in the past, and I want to say Ella Bella at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza market...will update this if I remember more!

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          dsl Jun 29, 2006 02:12 AM

          They had a very darkish/brownish looking raspberry at the new Farmer Joe's in Oakland when I was there Tuesday. It caught my eye, but I didn't buy any and didn't catch what they were called. You could try calling them 510) 482-8278 (I took the number off the Farmer Joe's post).

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            sailorbuoys Jun 29, 2006 02:23 AM

            Funny you should ask! I just saw some at Monterey Market about 2 hours ago! They were seedy but had that dark sexy flavour their infamous for.

            Also last year, but more towards July/August there was a seller of most incredible (and pricey, but worth it) berries at the marin Farmer's market. It seemed to be a female operation. They had only a small table with a singular umbrella overhead and a little chalkboard on the ground. A lot of rare varieties were displayed in both organic and conventional.

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            1. re: sailorbuoys
              wally Jul 1, 2006 12:55 AM

              They are still at Monterey Market. They look and taste good. They are from Sonoma.

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              Sharuf Jun 29, 2006 03:28 AM

              If these are the ones we knew as "blackcaps" back when I as a kid in WA, I haven't seen them since. They were grown to make the purple dye for stamping the grade on meat. They were edible and not really tasty, and not popular for any berry uses that I knew of. They were definitely a kind of raspberry, but more flattened-out in shape, and less cupped than raspberries. Is this what we're talking about?

              1. Ruth Lafler Jun 29, 2006 04:11 AM

                I see them at Berkeley Bowl when they're in season.

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                  Louise Jun 23, 2007 02:37 PM

                  Was just at Berkeley Bowl today and saw them.

                  It was hard to resist, but there is no room in the fridge and I am eating my way through four baskets of Triple Delight's blueberries, plus a couple (more) pounds of lychees. Sigh, work work work.

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