Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wise Guys Pick Your Own Raspberries

I have been looking for a PYO Raspberry Farm for about 3 years and I finally found one! Hooray! It isn't super close to Lewisburg, but it is the only one I have found in our general area. It is located in Mc Clure, about an hour away from Lewisburg. The farm does not have an official name, but owners Linda and Donald Wise call it "Wise Guys Farm." They have been in operation for 10 years, but just opened up their raspberries for people to pick their own this year. I asked her why they had never done it before and they said that people within a 10 mile radius of the farm seemed to prefer black raspberries and didn't express interest in picking and eating the red variety. Most of the people who come to pick raspberries were like me and saw the sign from the road.

My children and I showed up around 4:30 pm and were greeted by a little blond three year old girl. I had barely opened the car door when she said, "Can those kids play?" Brooke was very friendly. Her job is to go get her one of her parents from the field when a car full of pickers shows up. I don't know if it was also her job to follow kids around and tell them not to eat the berries as they pick, but she did that as well. She also told us about the cow they used to have. When I asked her what happened to it, she said, "We killed her and ate her up. I love beef!" Linda and Donald had us start toward the top rows of the raspberry canes and work our way down. There were rows of delicious red raspberries growing on bushes that hardly had any thorns on them. I asked each of my children to pick a quart and I picked two. It took us about an hour to pick that many. The rows between the bushes were a little clogged with weeds and there were lots of bees and flies and other insects around, but we didn't get bitten by anything. I didn't mind sweating and swatting bugs too much since I was imagining all the freezer jam I was going to make.

The raspberries are $3.50/quart. Linda told me that they will have sweet corn in a few weeks for $3/dozen (not you pick). The currently have blueberries for $2/quart, maple syrup for $7/pint, snap peas for $1.50/quart, and tomatoes for $2/quart. You can call ahead and order any of these items and pick them up. In the spring they have asparagus and sugar peas too.

Directions from Lewisburg

Linda suggested that people call first before coming: (570) 658-6175 or her cellphone: (570) 541-0785. Wise Guys Farm is open on weekdays from 6 am all day, Saturday from 6 am to noon and closed Sundays.