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Heidi's Raspberry Farm

**UPDATE: Raspberry picking was held at Heidi's Farm in Corrales, NM summer 2016

Make sure to visit their website or Facebook page for Heidi's Farm U Pick locations.**

Looking for a "farm fresh" experience? Look no farther than Los Lunas!  Heidi's is a "U-Pick" raspberry farm where (weekends only) you can visit the fields and pick the most delicious fresh raspberries to take home.  This sidetrack will sure to be a highlight as the last days of summer go by!

Location:

South of Albuquerque near Los Lunas, NM

The Scoop

When I was a little girl, we used to pick wild raspberries along the road at our lake cottage in Wisconsin.  It was such a fun treat discovering a raspberry bush and pulling off ripe berries and popping them into my mouth.  Sadly, we do not have any raspberry bushes growing near us.  


When I stumbled upon Heidi’s u-pick fields, I knew I wanted to visit.  Also, like our PistachioLand Sidetrack, I am always on the lookout for local farm fresh goodies!   


I noticed on Heidi’s website they mentioned “early bird gets the worm” and though that is not always a mantra we follow on our sidetracks in this house, I knew we must heed that advice and try to get out and down to Los Lunas as early as possible.         


We arrived shortly after 10:30 am on a Sunday. We were a little surprised that there was no sign for Heidi’s Raspberry Farm and we did have to do a u-turn because we missed the field as we were looking for an established farm with signage, a country store, etc.  You won’t find that here.  They have a temporary storage unit set up at the field’s edge and there is a little parking area.  No frills, but plenty of raspberries to be picked.     
The friendly farm stand employee provided us with quart containers and we were told which area of the fields we could pick from and which section of the field we were not permitted to take berries from.  The farm staff also advised we pick red berries, not the burgundy ones.   


We spent almost two hours picking raspberries.  The September sun was intense so you definitely want to have sunscreen on and hats and bring lots of water. The raspberry bushes are thorny and can be prickly.  We were all wearing shorts and did get a little scratched up, so wearing long pants and long sleeves may be more comfortable.  We did not see mosquitoes at the time, but we ended up with a lot of bug bites on our legs and arms the next day…no fun!  This is easily avoidable with a little bug spray (make sure to spray away from the field as to not contaminate the raspberries). We had a fun time romping in the rows of raspberries helping each other fill containers.  We wrapped up and paid for our berries right before it started to get really hot. Everyone helped and agreed it is much harder to pick your own food than buy that big container of raspberries at the grocery store.  And taste? No comparison...delicious!!  Appreciation for our food is good!   They do also sell their popular organic jams here. Flavors include Plain Raspberry, Raspberry Red Chile, Raspberry Ginger, and Raspberry Red Chile Ginger.  YUM!  Look for Heidi’s products in grocery stores and at farmer’s markets throughout New Mexico. 


We wrapped up our farm fresh sidetrack with a convenient and yummy trip to Dion’s nearby.   My son and I enjoyed making this super easy and quick freezer jam with our raspberries from Heidi’s.

**UPDATE: Raspberry picking was held at Heidi's Farm in Corrales, NM summer 2016

Make sure to visit their website or Facebook page for Heidi's Farm U Pick locations.**

 

Raspberry Freezer Jam (from SURE-JELL): Makes about 6 1-cup containers

 

Ingredients:  4 cups  prepared fruit (about 3 pt. fully ripe red raspberries)
3-1/2 cups  sugar, measured into separate bowl
1 box  SURE-JELL For Less or No Sugar Needed Recipes Premium Fruit Pectin
1 cup water
A few clean glass or plastic jars with lids *Use firm, ripe berries for the best flavor and set. 
Wash and rinse glass or plastic containers. How many you use depends on how big they are. This recipe makes about 6-7 cups of jam. 

CRUSH raspberries thoroughly, one layer at a time. (Press 1/2 of the pulp through sieve to remove some of the seeds, if desired.) Measure exactly 4 cups crushed raspberries into large bowl.

MIX sugar and pectin in large saucepan. Stir in water. Bring to boil on medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling and stirring 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add raspberries; stir 1 minute or until well blended.

FILL all containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. 

Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. 

Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze extra containers up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator before using.
Store freezer jam up to two weeks in refrigerator and one year in the freezer.