Raspberries are best eaten fresh picked, so it’s the job of the picker to ensure they are picking the raspberries at the right time. Raspberries are low in calories and saturated fats and are a great source of dietary fibre and antioxidants. Furthermore raspberries do not store well and spoil quickly after being picked so it’s fresh picking and selling and transport of raspberries is essential. It will be all systems go on the farm.
Raspberry Picking Tips
Firstly grasp the raspberry with your thumb and fingers – in a gentle manner and give it a light tug.
The trick is if the raspberry is ripe it will simply come off into your hand, with the centre attached to the stem of the plant.
Continue this process until your hand has 3-6 berries in it, whatever number you feel comfortable with and doesn’t compromise the fruit.
Place the raspberries into a container and continually repeat this process.
Remember to be careful that you do not damage plants or fruit in or along the edge of the row with your feet or knees.
Raspberry Picking Locations
Batlow, Mount Barker, Byron Bay, Stanthorpe, Denmark, Tumbarumba, Deloraine
Mornington Peninsula, Albany, Huonville, Ulverstone, Devonport
Young, Burnie, Coffs Harbour, Yarra Valley, Caboolture, Sunshine Coast
Things you’ll need when raspberry picking
Work will be typically be in hot conditions so remember to stay cool and hydrated unless you’re working in a Greenhouse.
- Non slip sturdy footwear.
- Long Pants or Shorts
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Broad Brimmed Hat
Did you know?
Raspberries can come in many colours besides red: there are also black, purple and gold raspberries – unblelievable. Other popular berries include strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and red currants.
Pay Information for Raspberry picking
Pay rates will differ from employer to employer, payment can be on an hourly, weekly or fortnightly basis. It is not uncommon for employers to also have a per piece pay agreement, pay will depend on how productive you are.