Picking Blackberries at Elderslie Farm is reserved by the pail, not by the number of people picking. When you reserve, choose your preferred date and the number of pails you’d like to pick.
We will provide you with a 2.2 quart pail which you can fill for $14 on Monday/Tuesday, $15 on Wednesday/Thursday and $16 on Friday/Saturday. Pickers must arrive before 10:30 a.m. and are encouraged to come early to enjoy the cool of the morning. We ask that you leave room at the top of your pail(s) for the lid to be attached.
No special clothing is required, but tennis shoes or walking shoes are encouraged. Our brambles are well manicured and do not require gloves. The ground is not level, however, and persons with crutches or other walking impairments should use caution or remain at the Bramble Café during picking.
Once you pick, refrigerate or cool blackberries as soon as possible to preserve their shelf life. Come as early as you can in the morning and get your berries into refrigeration as soon as is possible. If you are dining at the café there is room in our fridge to cool your berries. Once you get your berries home and in the fridge, you should have 3-5 days of good shelf life. Do not wash berries before storing but do give them a rinse before eating.
We use natural practices in our bramble. We use compost, digested fish and minerals as the basis of our fertility program. We use neem oil, beneficial bacteria, seaweed extract, and elemental products to help sustain plant health and encourage insect balance. Our sprays used on the plant canopy are 100% natural products. We strive to use cultural practices like pruning to manage insects and diseases.