Sunshine Valley Berry Farm

We are a Certified Organic pick-your-own (PYO) berry farm or you can buy pre-picked berries at farm store, along with our certified organic jam, local maple syrup, coffee, and books. We also have free wireless Internet connection at the farm store. Our berries (Certified Organic!) are the best flavor you can imagine. Maybe even beyond your imagination! Come and pick your own for the best value, or buy your berries pre-picked at the farm store. We are open from July 4 weekend through Columbus Day weekend. On each of the above long weekends we will certainly be selling jam, maple syrup, books, and coffee as these weekends are usually just before and just after the harvest/picking season, respectively. The picking season runs from early July through through early October until the first frost. Raspberries ripen first (around July Fourth). Blueberries are ready in late July (in 2009 we started picking July 25). Blackberries ripen after Labor Day.

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802-767-3989

[email protected]

129 Ranger Rd., Rochester, Vt, 05767

43.896037, -72.819614

43° 53′ 46″ N, 43° 53′ 46″ N

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Hours of Operation

Sunday 10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm

Products

Blackberries ORGANIC
Blackberries start around the second week of September. Our acre of the "Illini Hardy" variety are Certified Organic and produces a Fall crop, usually well after the warmest and wettest days of the summer have passed. (The summer crop comes from the previous year's canes and so far has not yet survived our winter). They also ripen gradually and play "chicken" with September's cool nights. But if we don't get a hard frost, they can go well into October.
Available in 7 months
Sep 5th ~ Oct 10th
Blackberries (U-Pick) ORGANIC
U-Picking our blackberries is great fun but ours have big thorns. The alleys are grassed but you have to be careful reaching in for the fruit. Little kids might scratch themselves and need to be closely supervised. Blackberries start around the second week of September. Our acre of the "Illini Hardy" variety is Certified Organic and produces a Fall crop, usually well after the warmest and wettest days of the summer have passed. (The summer crop comes from the previous year's canes and so far has not yet survived our winter). They also ripen gradually and play "chicken" with September's cool nights. But if we don't get a hard frost, they can go well into October.
Available in 7 months
Sep 5th ~ Oct 10th
Blueberries ORGANIC
We have almost 3,000 blueberry bushes, Certified Organic. There are four varieties: Patriots ripen first around July 25, quickly followed by Blue Crop & Blue Ray, and finally our Jersey variety ripens around mid-August and lasts until late-September or longer. Patriots are really popular: they can be big enough to cover a quarter with no loss of flavor which has a little tank to it. Blue Crop and Blue Ray and also large and a little firmer than the Patriots. Jerseys are medium sized and are just plain sweet--ideal for freezing (they keep their integrity well when you thaw them) and for baking (they are likely to "explode" in your muffins).
Available in 5 months
Jul 20th ~ Aug 28th
Blueberries (U-Pick) ORGANIC
U-Picking our blueberries is so easy and so fun. All the alleys are grassed and you can pick in your barefeet! This a farm with practically no dirt. It's more like a golf course with berry bushes. We have almost 3,000 blueberry bushes, Certified Organic. There are four varieties: Patriots ripen first around July 25, quickly followed by Blue Crop & Blue Ray, and finally our Jersey variety ripens around mid-August and lasts until late-September or longer. Patriots are really popular: they can be big enough to cover a quarter with no loss of flavor which has a little tank to it. Blue Crop and Blue Ray and also large and a little firmer than the Patriots. Jerseys are medium sized and are just plain sweet--ideal for freezing (they keep their integrity well when you thaw them) and for baking (they are likely to "explode" in your muffins). Important Farm rule: All children must be closely supervised at all times. Anyone running wild or not respecting the orchard will be asked to leave.
Available in 5 months
Jul 20th ~ Aug 28th
Homemade Berry Preserves ORGANIC
Patricia makes our Certified Organic jams only with fruit from our farm. She uses a low sugar recipe, with fruit pectin. Raspberry is wildly popular and Blackberry and Blueberry jam are just plain popular. Because of this, sometimes we can't keep up and can be out for a short while. This is really good jam. We sold nearly 1,000 jars last year just from our farm stand and at the Waitsfield Farmers' Market where we have a booth (Saturday mornings).
Available in 4 months
Jul 4th ~ Oct 10th
Honey
Honey is from the hives on our farm, raw and unfiltered, and managed without any chemicals (for mite control). There are no chemicals within their flight range in our valley. Might be the best honey you ever tasted.
Available in 4 months
Jul 4th ~ Oct 10th
Maple Syrup ORGANIC
Produced by local sugarman Jay McIntyre, our maple syrup is usually all fancy grade. Did you know that the main reason maple syrup turns darker color is due to bacteria? Jay makes fancy grade for longer than many others because he cleans his equipment so well.
Available in 4 months
Jul 4th ~ Oct 10th
Red Raspberry ORGANIC
WeE have U-Picking raspberries too! Our raspberries have practically no thorns so it's really safe for kids. In general, raspberries are inherently fragile and the best U-Pick results will be had if you pick carefully and handle them gently. Piano players often make great raspberry pickers! Of all our fruit, raspberries ripen first, around July 9. We have 3 acres of Certified Organic raspberries, in four varieties: Reveille (yes they come up first!); Kilarney; Nova; Taylor. Taylors swell up last, around the last week of July and go a week or more into August -- If you are a die-hard raspberry fan and willing to search, you may continue to find some raspberries (mostly Nova and Taylor) into late August, it just requires a bit more patience. Important Farm rule: All children must be closely supervised at all times. Anyone running wild or not respecting the orchard will be asked to leave.
Available in 4 months
Jul 4th ~ Aug 5th