Tips For Berry Picking

We love going berry picking during the nice weather. It was something fun we always did with the kids, and it is nice to get out and pick berries, then go home and make some recipes with our fresh berries. However, it is good to plan ahead to make the most of your experience!

Plan ahead

Timing is key when it comes to berry picking. Look ahead of time to see when different berries are in season and what times they will be available for picking. Keep in mind that berries might be picked out quickly on a busy morning, so it may be good to get there early. Always call ahead or check websites ahead of time when possible.

Dress Appropriately

Berry picking can be messy, so dress accordingly. This is especially the case with kids! Make sure to dress them in clothing that is ok to get dirty or berry stains are not a concern. Opt for comfortable, breathable clothing that you don’t mind getting stained with berry juice. Long sleeves and pants can help protect your skin from scratches and insect bites, especially if you’re venturing into wild berry patches. Don’t forget to wear closed-toe shoes, as you may encounter uneven terrain or prickly plants. Younger kids can wear boots or other protective footwear.

Coolers & Containers

Bring containers with ample room to hold your berry haul. Opt for shallow containers to prevent berries from getting crushed. A cooler is usually a good idea, especially in warm weather, as the berries can spoil quickly.

Sun protection & hydration

Don’t forget to pack sun protection such as sunscreen, sunglasses, hat etc. to shield yourself from the sun’s rays during extended periods of berry picking. Kids may feel more comfortable in the hot sun if they are wearing a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun out of their eyes.

Stay hydrated and energized with plenty of water. Snacks are also a good idea, especially for kids.

Enjoy your berries!

After a berry-picking trip, enjoy your berries! We usually try to eat as many fresh berries as we can, and then try to use the rest immediately. We like to freeze any leftovers, and use berries in things like parfaits or pies.

What do you think?

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  • Beth
    April 9, 2024

    These are great tips. If you’re picking blackberries, I would add bringing gloves. Those thorns are no joke!

  • Claudia
    April 9, 2024

    I love picking berries. The first time I went, I was surprised at how ill prepared I was. There’s more prep to it than you’d think!

  • Ben
    April 9, 2024

    I love that you included sun protection and hydration. I grew up in the South, and we had berries everywhere. The thing about berries is that they love the sun. If you’re picking them, you’re also baking in direct sunlight!

  • Emily
    April 10, 2024

    I love going berry picking! I often go with my cousins in the summer still to pick wild blueberries.

  • Kimberley Asante
    April 10, 2024

    Your berry picking tips are so practical and insightful! They not only make the activity sound fun but also ensure that the experience is enjoyable and fruitful. Dressing appropriately and being prepared really seem to make a difference. Can’t wait to put these tips to use on my next berry-picking adventure!

  • Catherine Kay
    April 10, 2024

    These are great tips for when I go berry picking. We have to be careful of bears where I live.

  • Brittney
    April 10, 2024

    Berry picking with my great-grandmother was always a favorite of mine when I was much younger. I’ll have to start the tradition with my own daughter and use your berry picking tips.

  • Richard Lowe
    April 10, 2024

    I’ve enjoyed picking berries. There’s little better in life than freshly picked fruit of all types.

  • Bryan
    April 11, 2024

    I haven’t gone berry picking in years, but your advice about the juice and stains on your clothing is important to remember. You may have a tough time removing those stains.

    April 11, 2024

    Excellent post about berry picking. Bringing a cooler is something I never thought of doing before.

  • Lavanda Michelle
    April 11, 2024

    Planning ahead and dressing appropriately are key, especially when it comes to keeping the little ones comfortable and protected.

  • marie Cris Angeles
    April 11, 2024

    All these are great tips. I want to try berry picking soon, looks so fun to do.

  • Samantha Donnelly
    April 11, 2024

    I do love berry picking I do agree with dressing apporpriately as it can can get very messy

  • gervin khan
    April 11, 2024

    Wow! That was an awesome tips before picking those delicious berries, I would love to try to pick that too.

  • karen
    April 11, 2024

    Ammmmaaazing..We go berry picking every year and we love it. Great tips actually, thank you so much….

  • Celebrate Woman Today
    April 11, 2024

    Oh, my, these berries are so deliciously beautiful! I would just pick them and eat them! Incredible nutritional value.

  • Sonia Seivwright
    April 11, 2024

    It’s great to hear that you enjoy berry picking with your family, and the fresh berries must make for some delicious recipes! Thanks for the great tips. Planning ahead is definitely a wise move to fully enjoy the experience.

  • Tammy
    April 11, 2024

    I’ve never gone berry picking though we used to have a berry tree in our backyard growing up. It was always fun making homemade pies in the summer. Great tips!

  • Jupiter Hadley
    April 12, 2024

    We have a little black berry bush in our back yard, which is always so fun to pick from, though they grow so fast! Thank you for your tips on berry picking.

  • Khush
    April 13, 2024

    It’s so important to wear gloves while picking beer. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  • Fransic verso
    April 17, 2024

    We planning to expand our garden and add more plants such as berries. Great tips learned from your post. This will be totally helpful when we add them.