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JimR1998 Jun 27, 2009 08:54 PM

Can anyone recommend some good spots in Delaware or Chester counties for raspberry picking? My wife has been begging me to find her a place to pick them for years and we always end up missing the season. We don't mind paying, but a public park or other off-the-beaten path location would be preferred.

We tried Linvilla today and I think there are more pickers than berries there, nice trip though.

Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    cwdonald Jun 28, 2009 05:01 AM

    Jim- I know its not DE or Chester county, but Solebury Orchards just noth of New Hope in Bucks County has great blueberry raspberry and other picking. Might be worth a trip.

    Cheers.

    Chris

    1. CindyJ Jun 28, 2009 07:16 AM

      I haven't done this in a few years, so I can't say for sure whether raspberries are still growing here, but -- in Chester County, we used to pick wild raspberries off the bushes on the exit ramp from the RT. 1 bypass at the Kennett Square (Rt. 82) exit in the northbound direction. We'd park the car on the wide shoulder and fill our buckets from the many, many bushes there. I'll have to pay close attention next time I'm exiting there to see if the bushes are still there. If you're anywhere nearby, check it out for yourself.

      The other thing is, raspberries grow wild all over the place; all it takes is a trained eye as you meander the back roads.

      1. hollyd Jun 28, 2009 08:58 AM

        I went to Linvilla last year toward the end of raspberry season/ beginning of blueberry and they had a good amount of raspberry bushes, a huge amount of blueberry, but the peaches blew everything else away.
        Cute place with a little hayride to take you from field to field.

        1. Mawrter Jun 29, 2009 05:16 PM

          Indian Orchard - very off-the-beaten-path, a public park adjacent used to be part of original farm, has walking trails.
          Willow Creek - MontCo, but organic!
          Highland Orchards
          Vollmecke (but you must be/become a member)

          also: http://www.pickyourown.org

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          1. re: Mawrter
            watercress Jun 29, 2009 06:28 PM

            It's true that raspberries grow wild all over around here, but those red berries (which aren't ripe yet-- usually happens around the end of July) are Wineberries. They're delicious and wonderful, and look a bit similar, but it's a whole other animal flavorwise.

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