Raspberry Fields Forever
October 14th: OUR FIELD IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. We had a killing frost Monday night, the 13th, and the berries were unable to withstand the cold. Thank you one and all for the positive comments and the great enthusiasm you showed when sharing our Raspberry Ranch with us. You are simply the most lovely group of people. Your enthusiasm for our Ranch warms our hearts. More later as we organize our selves for the Holiday Season. For those of you who were waiting for jam picking and didn’t get to us in time, our first jam of the season is now in the Store, and we would love to send some to you at Thanksgiving or before. Just call us at 866-281-1515, and we will assist you in any way we can. AND THANKS AGAIN FOR SPENDING TIME WITH US AT SALMAN RASPBERRY RANCH.
October 13th, 201`4: We had a frost last night that took the remaining green and not quite ripe berries, but it looks like the ripe and extra ripe berries survived and should be good for cooking, eating, and freezing. Call 866-281-1515 for the latest, up to the minute, field experience.
October 11: We continue to have gorgeous raspberries with no end in sight.
OCTOBER 10, 2014: WE ARE AWASH IN BERRIES. THE RASPBERRY FIELD IS DARK RED. AND THIS WILL PROBABLY BE OUR LAST WEEK-END OF THE SEASON. COME ONE, COME ALL. EVERYTHING IS OPEN: FIELD (10 TO 4), STORE( 9 TO 5), CAFE (11 TO 5 ON WEEK-END, 11 TO 4 THIS FRIDAY), GARDENS (UNLIMITED).
We survived the cold spell and had a very good week-end of the 4th and 5th of October. We will be open every day until the end of the season, including Mondays. The berries are abit smaller due to the cold nights but wonderfully sweet. The Cafe will be open every day except Mondays and the Store everyday. Hours are: Field, daily 10am to 4pm. (Please do not show up at 4:00pm expecting to pick.) The Store is open daily 9:00 am to 5pm. The Cafe is open 11am to 4pm weekdays, except closed on Mondays, and open until 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. DO PLAN TO VISIT, THE DAYS HAVE BEEN WARM AND CLEAR, AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL, A REAL INDIAN SUMMER, NEW MEXICO STYLE.
It was in the mid forties this morning, Oct. 2nd. The Field will be open today, lots and lots of sweet berries. As the weather turns colder the berries work harder and the sugar content of the fruit increases. IT IS PRIME PICKING TIME. DO CALL AHEAD AS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU GET THE RIGHT INFO ON THE FIELD AND CHANGES DO OCCUR PRETTY RAPIDLY THIS TIME OF YEAR. WE PLAN TO BE OPEN FRIDAY, OCT. 3rd, and THE WEEK-END OF THE 4TH AND 5TH.; THE WEATHER REPORT LOOKS GOOD., with temp in the 60’s and 70’s during the day. 866-281-1515
WE WILL BE OPEN FRIDAY, THE 26TH OF SEPTEMBER, ALONG WITH THE 27TH AND 28TH. WE ARE SWIMMING IN RASPBERRIES AND WE WELCOME ALL OF OUR JAM MAKERS AND CUSTOMERS WHO WANT TO FREEZE POUNDS OF THESE DELICIOUS BERRIES. WE ARE AT THE HEIGHT OF OUR SEASON…..COME JOIN US
September 22: We had 1 7/8” of rain Sunday night, the 21st. It began raining at 5:00 pm and rained on and off the whole night. The Field was muddy today, the 22nd of September, but IT WILL BE OPEN THE 23RD, 24TH, AND 25TH OF SEPTEMBER (that is Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) of this week, WEATHER PERMITTING. PLEASE CALL AHEAD ( 1-866-281-1515) for the very latest Field conditions. The prediction was for good weather through Wednesday, 20% chance of rain on Thursday, which is pretty low. THE FIELD IS VERY PRODUCTIVE NOW AND THERE ARE LOTS OF BEAUTIFUL BERRIES. YOU ARE WELCOME TO PICK AND/ OR BUY BERRIES IN THE STORE. Call ahead if you want us to save berries in the Store for you. WE WILL BE OPEN THE WEEK-END OF SEPTEMBER 27TH AND 28TH, AGAIN WEATHER PERMITTING. It is mild in the early mornings which usually means a later frost toward the middle to end of October. Until that killing frost the berries should be ripe and lovely.
WE FINALLY HAVE A RASPBERRY FIELD FULL OF RASPBERRIES. FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON (except for Mondays) WEATHER PERMITTING, WE SHOULD HAVE LOVELY BERRIES. CALL AHEAD FOR THE LATEST WEATHER CONDITIONS. It was 56 degrees this morning so we are hoping to pick until mid-October if not later. A killing frost could come before then so it is important to call ahead.
The U Pick It Field will be open Saturday the 20th of September and Sunday the 21st of September, weather permitting. The hours are 10:00 am to 4 pm. Call ahead for the very latest update, 1-866-281-1515. We will be closed on Monday the 22nd. We will let you know about Tuesday, the 23rd. We will be harvesting honey on Sunday night, the 21st so we should have our raspberry honey in the Store shortly. Our hope to have the Field open five days a week until the end of the Season but we will have to wait to see how the berries look after this week-end. Salman Ranch
IF YOU BRING YOUR DOG, YOU MUST CLEAN UP AFTER HIM/HER. IT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO ALLOW THEM INTO THE FIELD WITHOUT A DOGGIE BAG TO PICK UP AFTER THEM. SEEMS THAT SHOULD BE APPARENT, BUT DOESN’T APPEAR TO BE SO.
We will be open, Wednesday and Thursday, WEATHER PERMITTING. We got 1/2” on Monday night, but the Field has nice berries and the ground is damp but not saturated. PLEASE CALL AHEAD AS THIS SITE IS BEING UPDATED IN EARLY EVENING, AND WE ARE NOT SURE OF THE WEATHER CONDITIONS TOMORROW MORNING, Sept. 17th. It would appear that there is only a 20% chance of rain Wednesday so we should be good to go. The hours are 10 am to 4 pm, the Cafe is 11 am to 4 pm, and the Store is 9 am to 5 pm and WE HAVE FRESH PICKED BERRIES IN THE STORE. CALL AHEAD IF YOU WANT US TO RESERVE SOME FOR YOU AND PAY WITH YOUR CREDIT CARD WHEN YOU CALL. Salman Ranh
The U Pick It Field has been picked out for the week-end of the 13th and 14th. You are welcome to hunt for red berries but do not expect to pick more than a pound today, the 14th. It was heavily picked on the 13th. We plan to open on Wednesday, the 17th again, and perhaps Thursday the 18th, weather permitting. Please call ahead. We will, again, weather permitting, be open the week-end of the 20th and 21st. CALL AHEAD FOR THE LATEST PICKING CONDITIONS. (866-281-1515). Thanks for your patience, this crop has been slow to mature. Salman Ranch
The Field is shrouded in a fine mist this afternoon, Friday the 12th, but we plan to have the Field open for picking this week-end, (the 13th and 14th) assuming we don’t get a heavy rain this evening. Bring two pair of shoes, one to pick in and one to wear after you have picked.
The temperature is mild, 50 degrees, and the clouds blanket the hills and higher elevations. Our Field opens at 10:00 am, closes at 4:00 pm, Cafe is open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and the Store from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. CALL BEFORE YOU COME FOR THE LATEST WEATHER UPDATE. Salman Ranch
We had our second week-end of raspberry picking the 6th and 7th of September. it was better than Labor Day but still not nearly in full production. We will not be open for picking until Thursday, the 11th of September. And again we will be open the week-end of the 13th and 14th. That week-end should be very good. We are hoping to have our U Pick It Field open at least four days a week after this week-end. We will keep all of you posted. Thank you for your patience and good will. We had very few grumpy people in the field, just lots of folks looking forward to leaving with pounds and pounds of our delicious raspberries.
Call us before you take off for the Raspberry Ranch so we can fill you in on details of the weather and the Field. (1-866-281-1515) WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR TIME WITH US. NORTHERN NEW MEXICO IS LUSH AND GREEN, THE CAFE HAS DELICIOUS FOOD, AND THE STORE IS STOCKED WITH WONDERFUL FOOD ITEMS. OUR GARDENS ARE FILLED WITH FLOWERS, AND STATICE, LARK SPUR, AND STRAW FLOWERS FILL OUR BASKETS AS WE GREET OUR CUSTOMERS.
The weather was beautiful this Labor Day week-end but the Raspberry Field was not as productive as we would have wanted. The gray July and the hail storm in August set us back a couple of weeks, so we plan to keep the Field closed the 2nd through the 5th September, opening it again on the 6th, Saturday. We should have some lovely raspberries by then and not have to limit our pickers. Keep your fingers crossed. Everyone was a great sport and worked hard for their two pounds or less. We love you all for your good cheer and willingness to come back for more berries, good food at the Cafe, and discounts in the Store. A belated wish for Labor Day from all of us at Salman Raspberry Ranch. The Store will be open all week, and the Cafe opens Wednesday the 3rd again.
July 23, 2014: We will open the Raspberry Field, weather permitting (which means ALWAYS CHECK THE HEADER ON THE WEBSITE’S OPENING PAGE) on Saturday, August 30th and hope to be open also on the 31st, Sunday. Because of the persistent gray skies and cooler weather in July and early August the berries are three weeks behind schedule. We are picking for the Store but as of July 22nd, the Field was filled with unripe berries. If we have any luck, it is going to be a great harvest. But now we need sun and more sun. We will limit our families to one to two pounds on the 30th so everyone, we hope, will have berries to snack on during their drive home. We will have our raspberry sundaes and raspberry pie in the Cafe, and maybe some berries in the Store. After Labor Day, the following week-end should begin a very good season but we will keep all of your informed. Salman Ranch
July 14, 2014: A new season in the Salman Ranch Raspberry Field awaits us. The Field is lush this year, and we have some green berries already. So that means we should have berries in the Store by around the 10th of August and then the Field should open shortly there after. We will keep everyone updated and new pictures will appear on the Salman Ranch Facebook page.
The Field looks very healthy and vibrant this year, and the rains this last week have been well received. With the rain comes nitrogen which the canes delight in, and we continue to hand weed. We fertilized for the last time last week, and now we wait for Mother Nature to bring the crop in.
Keep in touch with the daily header and this page of the website for more current updates. and…. Plan your trip to visit us. Salman Ranch
The brilliant sun, cool to cold nights, rich salt free valley soil, and afternoon rains combine to produce a berry that is sweet, firm, and filled with flavor. Nestled in the eastern foothills of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range the Salman Raspberry Ranch consists of six acres of raspberries grown with attention to every detail. The field is hand weeded, watered from the snowy run off of the mountains that frame this lovely valley, and fertilized as needed based on soil readings. No herbicides or pesticides are used on the crop, and customers often eat their berries straight from the vine. Surrounding the berry field are crops of alfalfa and grass, flowers which are picked for bouquets in the Ranch Store, a vegetable garden, and the honey bee hives which help to grow the lush crops. The air is frequently redolent with the fragrance of freshly cut hay and warmed by the ever present sun which is part of the allure of this "Big Sky" country.
Six different varieties of raspberry (carolinas, autumn brittens and autumn bliss, heritage, polentas, and polkas) are grown on the Ranch, each with a slightly different flavor and maturing at slightly different times. Each berry is distinct in its shape, texture, and to some extent taste. When ripe the berries are deep red in color and detach easily from the cane. Raspberries have been grown by the Salman Family since 1982, and the decades of experience with this crop is seen in the quality of the fruit produced. Year after year the same customers reappear at the Berry House, waiting in line for their picking containers and anxious to begin to gather the berries that, in many cases, having frozen them whole and without sugar, will last them until next year's crop is ready to be harvested.
The U Pick It Field is a perfect family outing. CHILDREN LOVE IT; many of them have never had the opportunity to actually harvest the food they eat. DOGS, on leashes love to pick up the berries dropped on the ground, especially labradors, and more particularly, yellow ones. After picking until your two, four, or ten pound containers are filled, (some have picked several hundred dollars worth), a trip to the CAFE for a salad or a sandwich or frito pie along with something really sweet and cold like the SALMAN RANCH RASPBERRY SUNDAES is clearly in order. And then on your way home, stop for the delicious raspberry jam (use your berries for other delicacies), vinegar, or topping, along with other tasty food items, hand picked, for their quality and uniqueness. The RANCH STORE walls are covered in local art and the beautiful photography of Karl Koenig who captures northern New Mexico is all its eccentricity and uniquene
About The Field
The U Pick It Raspberry Field is typically open from mid-August until mid-October. THE CROP IS TOTALLY WEATHER DEPENDENT and it has been open as early as the later part of July and has closed as late as Halloween.
The field is typically open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am - 4pm. It is occasionally closed on either Mondays or Fridays, depending on field conditions. For current field conditions look at the "Today At The Ranch" section in the header on this website or call us toll free 866-281-1515.
Very casual, long sleeves to protect from the sun, a hat, sun screen, insect repellant. We suggest a light jacket or layering up for early morning picking into the month of October.
Raspberries from the field cost $6.00 per pound. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS IN THE FIELD, cash or check please.... If you must use your credit card you will be asked to take your receipt for your berries to the Store where the card will be run through the Store register. You will then be given a receipt to take back to the Field where your berries will await you.
- Containers for picking and for transporting berries home
- A Salman Ranch Store discount card to be used on a variety of items in the Store. If you do not like what is discounted when you go to the Store, save your discount card and bring it back. Perhaps an item you covet will be available then.
What You've Said
"I drive all the way from Texas, every year, for these delicious berries."
N. Warren, Houston, TX