Although tempting to harvest and eat before getting inside, I am waiting for enough to ripen off for a small batch of jam. Last year I lost the whole crop to botrytis and that is making patience an uneasy attribute this year.
I bought these plants from Nourse Farms. Grown in USDA Zone 5b on the east side of the house near the Oyster River, winter hardiness is somewhat of a concern as they are best in Zones 6 – 9. However, the house protects them from the north, northwesterly winter winds and the Oyster River provides sufficient ambient temperature to delay the fall frost and avoid the late spring frosts.
While I wait to harvest ripe fruit, the canes are still sporting a few new flowers. This is their third year, some canes reaching upwards of 10 feet after having been pruned this spring: