Jessop Farms | 21386 S Murphy Rd., Ripon, CA 95366 | (209) 824-0341
Whatto wear and bring: wear a hat, comfortable shoes and pants
WHEN: Monday through Saturday from May 18, 2018 ~ early July from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed Sunday)
COST: $3.50/lb (we provide buckets and carry-home packages) for blueberries and $2.25/lb for strawberries.
Picking tipswww.pickyourown.org Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened. White and green colored blueberries will not ripen after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO ripen after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to ripen). Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.
How to freezewww.pickyourown.org Once picked, do not place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container. Do not wash berries until just before using to prevent berries from becoming mushy. Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days. Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.