In Season

NOW IN SEASON: Ontario Raspberries

This berry is a classic summer favourite! Ontario Raspberries are usually ruby red in colour & are known for their intense berry flavor and aroma. You can find sweet Ontario Raspberries right now at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market!

Fun Facts about Ontario Raspberries: 

  • Most likely native to Asia, wild raspberries have been eaten since prehistoric times.
  • The Crusaders wrote poems about the delicious fruit with the heady perfume they found on their way to Jerusalem.
  • In North America, raspberries were considered a luxury well into the mid-1800s.
Ontario Raspberries on display on a kitchen counter
Ontario Raspberries are available seasonally from July to October

Buying and Storing Tips:

When buying, look for firm, dry berries. Raspberries are very fragile, so handle with care. Store fresh raspberries in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

To freeze raspberries for later, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until firm. Then transfer to a sealed plastic bag or container.

How to Prep your Raspberries:

Just before serving, gently and lightly rinse under cold running water, then carefully drain on paper towel.

How & Where To Eat Them:

  • Raspberries make a delicious snack & are most commonly eaten as they are, or with fresh cream poured on top
  • They are also great for baking & are a light / delicious ingredient when included in mousses and tarts
  • They are great paired with many types of meat, including fish, chicken or lamb
  • Raspberry vinaigrette can be used to dress salads or vegetables or to marinate grilled meats or fish

Summer Sweet Raspberry Smoothie

Raspberries, Oats, Milk & Banana all in a cup waiting to be blending into a smoothie
Mix in some Ontario Raspberries into your morning routine

Enjoy a delicious Raspberry breakfast smoothie that is so easy to make! It’s a great way to start your busy morning with a nutritious smoothie.


  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Almond milk
  • A handful of raspberries


  1. Add all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add more raspberries for garnish on the side & enjoy!

You can enjoy Ontario Raspberries right now at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. Plan your trip today!