HIGH COUNTRY BERRIES IS A SMALL FAMILY OPERATED BERRY ORCHARD OWNED BY ANDY AND KATE CAMPS NEAR CAROLINE, ALBERTA.  OFFERING SASKATOONS, RASPBERRIES AND HONEY BERRIES (HASKAPS).  WE NOW HAVE A TOTAL OF 3 ACRES IN FRUIT PRODUCTION. 

THE SASKATOONS HAVE BEEN IN FULL PRODUCTION FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS.  WE PLANNED OUR ORCHARD NOT FOR MACHINE HARVESTING BUT FOR HAND PICKING.  THE HEDGEROWS OF BUSH ARE SEPERATED BY LAWN AND EARLY EACH SUMMER ALL THE ROWS ARE GONE THROUGH AND HAND WEEDED SO THAT PICKERS CAN ENJOY PICKING THE FRUIT WITHOUT HAVING TO DEAL WITH WEEDS AND GRASS ETC AS THEY WOULD IN THE WILD.

WE EXPANDED OUR ORCHARD TO INCLUDE RASPBERRIES AS WE WERE FREQUENTLY ASKED FOR THEM BY U-PICKERS VISITING OUR FARM.  IN 2011 WE PLANTED A NEW VARIETY OF YELLOW RASPBERRIES CALLED "HONEYQUEENS". AND IN 2012 WE PLANTED A WYOMING BLACK RASPBERRY AND A NEW VARIETY OF REDS CALLED SASKATCHEWAN RED MAMMOTHS.  WE WERE ABLE TO OFFER THEM FOR U-PICK IN 2014 AND ALL VARIETIES ARE ACCEPTED BY THE PUBLIC WITH ENTHUSIAUSM.

IN 2011 WE ALSO ADDED  "HASKAPS" ALSO KNOWN AS HONEY BERRIES TO OUR ORCHARD.  THIS FRUIT IS RELATIVELY NEW TO CANADA.  THE FRUIT IS CONSIDERED TO HAVE MORE ANTIOXIDENTS THAN BLUEBERRIES. IN 2014  WE GOT ENOUGH FRUIT TO GIVE TASTINGS AND TRY OUT VARIOUS RECIPES.

WE BOTH HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF FAMILY OUTINGS THAT INVOLVED PICKING WILD BERRIES AND ENJOYING PICNIC LUNCHES IN THE BUSH.  HAVING A BERRY PATCH THAT COULD PROVIDE THIS TYPE OF OUTING FOR OTHERS WAS SOMETHING WE HAD WANTED TO DO. WE INVITE YOU TO COME PICK BERRIES AND TO MAKE A DAY OF IT.  PACK A PICNIC LUNCH, WE PROVIDE THE TABLES AND CHAIRS. OR IF YOU WANT TO, PACK A BLANKET AND SPREAD IT OUT IN THE SHADE OF ONE OF OUR SPRUCE TREES.

WE ENCOURAGE ALL WHO COME TO TAKE IN THE TIME HONOURED TRADITION OF BERRY PICKING.  NOTHING TASTES BETTER THAN FRESH FRUIT THAT HAS RIPENED ON THE PLANT SERVED UP WITH A LITTLE CREAM, ICE CREAM OR BAKED INTO A PIE.  ALL OF THE FRUIT WE OFFER CAN BE FROZEN AND USED IN THE WINTER TO BRING BACK THE MEMORY OF A WARM SUMMER DAY SPENT OUTSIDE IN THE SUNSHINE SURROUNDED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. 

IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE TIME, WE DO OFFER PREPICKED SASKATOONS.  THE BERRIES WE OFFER FOR GATE SALES ARE FRESH AND OF GOOD QUALITY, BECAUSE ANY THAT DON'T SELL ARE FROZEN FOR OUR OWN PERSONAL USE.  IF WE WOULDN'T EAT THEM, WE CERTAINLY DON'T EXPECT YOU TO.  IT IS ALWAYS GOOD PRACTICE TO CALL AHEAD TO CHECK FOR AVAILABILITY.

***WE DO NOT ATTEND FARMERS MARKETS***

***WE ACCEPT CASH ONLY***

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