How to pick/pack raspeberries for market?
Hi everyone, I've been picking wild red raspberries, I try to pick ripe but not soft, but by the time I get them in the house, pick through them, and then pack them in pint containers (saved from grape tomatoes bought at the grocery store), they are a little soft and I didn't think the 1 lb out of 4 lbs that were firmer would make it to market that night, not even in a cooler. Definitely not sitting out on a table.
So am I picking too ripe, do I have to pick and pack as I go along (and hope people don't complain about a stray leaf or bug?), cool right away? Blackberries and black raspberries don't seem this bad, though I haven't sold at market before anyway. If I still have raspberries next week I'd like to try to sell them - my veggies went in late this year so I have had *nothing* to bring to market and it started the beginning of June!