Ah, sweet delight. Summer’s on its way, and with it are berries, berries, and more berries. Instead of the BlackBerry, though, today we’re celebrating the fragile (yet bold) raspberry.
Forget the main course … We say go straight to dessert — especially if it’s one of these fruity delights. Plus, thanks to the health benefits of raspberries (they’re loaded with vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber), you can even pretend that your sweet treat of choice is good for you.
PICK YOUR OWN
Get your raspberries (from red to golden to black) straight from the bush. Farms offer you-pick experiences that go way beyond apples. Tip: Raspberry season goes from May straight into the fall, so call ahead to find out when peak picking season is at hand for your farm of choice.
Sauvie Island Farms
19818 Northwest Sauvie
Bear Creek Berry Patch
Tranquility, New Jersey
(60 minutes from Newark Airport)
15600 Sugarland Road
The Berry Patch
Buffalo, Illinois (about 90
minutes from St. Louis, Missouri)
11471 Lynn Road
(20 miles from Hartford)
Junction of Routes 147 and 157
McPhail Berry Farm
(100 miles north of Seattle)
8318 Bob Hall Road
Park yourself at the Angel Food Bakery with an R.V. — a coconut-covered, raspberry-glazed yellow sponge cake with marshmallow buttercream filling. Trust us, you’ll need some time to work your way through this one. 1636 West Montrose Avenue, (773) 728-1512,
You’ll be singing pastry chef Jane Lockhart’s praises after a visit to her Sweet Lady Jane bakery. She’s got no less than four raspberrylicious treats, including a raspberry-chocolate tart all dolled up with chocolate curls. 8360 Melrose Avenue, (323) 653-7145, www.sweet ladyjane.com
Sweet Life Patisserie makes the most of Oregon’s raspberry crop. Raspberry crunch bars and raspberry white-chocolate mousse tortes are all in a day’s work for the shop. 755 Monroe, (541) 683-5676, www.sweetlifedesserts.com
New York City
Take an elegant break from shopping on Fifth Avenue and stop in Payard Patisserie & Bistro. Just remember: No matter how beautiful the Fontainebleau looks, the fresh-raspberry-marinade-filled black-chocolate Sacher torte tastes even better. 1032 Lexington Avenue, (212) 717-5252, www.payard.com
Whether you want to chow down on them, smell like them, or just — with a nod to Prince — cap off your outfit with them, give the following raspberryesque products a go.
-Quench your thirst with Sea Dog Brewing Co.’s summer brew, Raspberry Wheat Ale. Drink it in the company’s hometown of Bangor, Maine, or, to find out where it’s available in your state, call (207) 947-8009 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Get your morning going with a sweet little treat before you even hit the kitchen: Wash up with Waters Gulch black raspberry soap. $5. www.watersgulch.com
-Put the berry touch on every meal you serve — all year long — with Noritake’s Colorwave dishes in a ripe shade of raspberry. Four-piece place setting, $60. www.chinaware.noritakechina.com
-InterfaceFlor’s carpet tiles are an ultrahip — and, because you can pick up individual squares to wash ’em, ultraconvenient — way to lay down a rug. We like the Orange/Raspberry and Chalk/Coal combo (shown) from the Thick and Thin line. $11 per tile. www.interfaceflor.com
-And, we just couldn’t resist — a raspberry beret. It wasn’t the easiest thing to find, but Tam-Beret’s got them. $12. (888) 826-2373, www.tamberet.com