Raspberry Fields Forever

A VERY FROSTY NIGHT PUT OUR FIELD TO SLEEP THIS WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14TH.  2015 WAS A TERRIFIC SEASON, AND WE WANT TO THANK ALL OF OUR U PICK IT CUSTOMERS FOR A WONDERFUL TIME IN THE FIELD, THE CAFE, AND THE GARDENS.  THE STORE REMAINS OPEN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, AND NOW IS A WONDERFUL TIME TO PLAN YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFT GIVING.  WE SEND OUT HUNDREDS OF JARS OF JAM, CHILE BERRY, OR A COMBINATION OF THE TWO IN OUR TWO PACK BOX.  IT SHIPS FOR LESS THAN 20.00, AND IT IS UNIQUE AND DELICIOUS.  CALL US AT 866-281-1515 FOR YOUR ORDER.  AND THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR LOYAL SUPPORT. 


THE RASPBERRY U PICK IT FIELD WILL BE OPEN COLUMBUS DAY, THAT IS MONDAY, THE 12th OF OCTOBER, USUAL HOURS, 10am to 4pm.  We will also be open the rest of the week, depending on the weather and the production of berries in the Field.  Stay in touch.  Salman Ranch

 


Tuesday, October 6th, 2015.  The Berry Field is still going strong.  The berries are a bit smaller but wonderfully sweet and most plentiful.  Lots of people showed up on Sunday and picked in a muddy field but had such a good time and were so delighted with the berries they carried home in their baskets.  The Cafe and the Store were also busy, and we expect to be open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and the week-end.  Check the header on our opening page for the latest update on the Field, or call us at 1-866-281-1515.  We look forward to your visit.  Salman Ranch

 


Saturday, OCTOBER 3rd.  WE HAD A HEAVY RAIN LAST NIGHT AND THE FIELD IS MUDDY.  STILL LOTS AND LOTS OF BERRIES AND BY NOON THE PICKING SHOULD BE FINE.  THE SUN IS TRYING TO COME OUT, BUT BRING TWO PAIRS OF SHOES, ONE PAIR TO PICK IN AND ONE PAIR TO DRIVE HOME IN.  We look forward to your arrival.  The Store and the Cafe are open and filled with goodies to take home and to enjoy while visiting us. 

 


Monday, September 28th, 2015.  This has been a banner season with lots and lots of berries and lots and lots of visitors.  The hours at 10a.m. to 4 p.m every day except Mondays, weather permitting.  The days have been sun drenched and wonderfully warm, and the berries are sweet and delicious and hugely plentiful.  Week-days are less crowded and the Cafe is open everyday except Monday, 11 to 4, except for Saturday and Sunday when it is open until 5.  The food is delicious, and the raspberry pie, chocolate cake, and raspberry sundaes are plentiful.  The Store is open daily from 9am to 5pm with picked berries for sale along with our signature jam, chile berry, topping and vinegar.  WE HOPE YOU CAN VISIT US THIS SEASON and we will continue to pick until the first killing frost, usually the middle of October.  Call us at 1-866-281-1515 for up to the minute weather reports.  We are 2 and 1/2 beautiful driving hours from Albuquerque, and 1 and 1/2 hour from Santa Fe on NM 518, five miles west of Mora, NM.

Wednesday, September 23rd:  We continue to have beautiful berries in our Raspberry Field, and there are lots and lots of them.  We hope to pick through, at least,  the 10th and 11th of October, but please call before hand or come to this site to check our picking dates.  So far, the cold nights have not begun and there is no hint of a killing frost anywhere on the horizon.  We will be closed on Mondays but open the rest of the week.  The Cafe and the Store remain open and good food and good raspberry products await you. 

 

 

PLEASE BRING CASH OR CHECK TO THE U PICK IT FIELD.  WE DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS IN THE FIELD!!

THE FIELD IS FULL OF RED RASPBERRIES.  WE WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY THE 12TH AND SUNDAY THE 13TH, CLOSED ON MONDAY THE 14TH, BUT THEN OPEN TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND THURSDAY and FRIDAY, THE 15TH, 16TH, 17TH and 18th OF SEPTEMBER.  FROM NOW ON, WEATHER PERMITTING, WE WILL BE OPEN EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK EXCEPT MONDAYS. If there is a change in schedule on the Friday plans we will let you know, but for now it looks like we will have enough berries to be open six days a week, always closed on Mondays..  Please go to Today at the Ranch for absolutely up to date information on the Cafe and the Field.  You, of course, can also call us at 1-866-281-1515 between the hours of 9 and 5 seven days a week. 

We look forward to your arrival.  Drive carefully.  Salman Ranch

 

 

September 7th:  THE U PICK IT FIELD WILL NOT BE OPEN AGAIN UNTIL THURSDAY, THE 10TH of SEPTEMBER.  It will be closed Friday the 11th of September and then open again on the week-end of SEPTEMBER 12th and 13th.  We will be closed on Mondays for the rest of September, but hope to be open on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after the 13th.  We will be open all week-ends in September as well.  All of this is weather-dependent, so please check the header on the opening page of our website for absolutely up to date information.  THE FIELD IS FULL OF RIPENING BERRIES AND SHOULD BE WONDERFUL UNTIL THE FIRST KILLING FROST, USUALLY MID-OCTOBER..Call ahead, 1-866-281-1515 if you have questions.  The Field hours are 10am to 4 pm. 

Usually we are open week-ends and then again on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  We have lots of berries this year so our picking times should be plentiful in September and October, until the first killing frost, usually mid-October.

The hours for the U Pick It Field are 10:00 am to 4:00pm, and the Field is often closed on Mondays. Call us at 1-866-281-1515 for the very latest information or go to the website to see what is open on the 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.

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.

Field Hours
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.

Field Attire
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.

Cost
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.

Field Freebies

  • 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 get orders for pounds of these berries, and I always say, pick your own, these are just for me!"

Pia R., Santa Fe, NM