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I know this is a long shot and they're not cheap but I'm looking to buy a good bit of black raspberries, maybe 5 gallons or so. I was wondering if anyone knew a good place to buy them in the Lancaster area. We pick a ton but never seems to be enough to make our raspberry wine.
 

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I didn't. I was thinking either there or roots but was hoping someone may have been there lately to see if anyone even had them in that quantity.
 

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Is raspberry wine pretty good? That why I planted mine to make some wine. I make at least a batch of some sort of wine every year. Last year I made strawberry, dandelion, and elderberry. What about blackberry port? Do you know if that is any good. Really I don't drink much wine. I just like making it and give most of it away to friends and family.
 

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If you are still looking,check Weaverland Produce Auction.Alot of local grocery store buy here and resell.Give them a call for auction days and times.
Weaverland Produce Auction
1030 Precast Rd, New Holland, PA 17557
(717) 355-0834
Often times the locals buy a truck load of corn here and split it up for freezing.Cheaper and less work than growing.
 

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Black raspberry wine is good.
I use about 10 to 12 lb of berries that I pick myself 10 to 12 lb sugar and its usually 13% to 15%.
I don't drink it either just like to make beer and wine.
I picked 18 lb of black berries, 11 lb of raspberries and 12 lb of blueberries this past year. Made a black raspberry/ blueberry wine in 2015. 26 bottles didn't last long.
my raspberry wine and blueberry for 2016 is still settling out. Started on 12/12/15.
 

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Is raspberry wine pretty good? That why I planted mine to make some wine. I make at least a batch of some sort of wine every year. Last year I made strawberry, dandelion, and elderberry. What about blackberry port? Do you know if that is any good. Really I don't drink much wine. I just like making it and give most of it away to friends and family.
Black raspberry/blueberry wine is the best homemade wine we have ever had. My dad makes just about every kind imaginable and that is by far the favorite from anyone who tries them.
 

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I made 6 gallons and it is really getting good with age. I have a patch of black jewel blackberries. There are lots of wild ones around here. I clipped to top off a bunch of wild ones like you do cultivated blackberries. When you clip or "trim" the new growth it makes the plant start growing laterals. They will actually start to grow laterals before they go dormant for the winter. The laterals are what the blossoms and berries grow on. If you don't clip them they will start laterals when they grow in the spring. I will let you know if clipping the wild ones increased the yield on them. I also sprinkled some fertilizer on the wild ones. They did start to grow laterals last year so I think they will yield better.
 

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Bottled my blueberry and black raspberry Saturday.
Got 28 bottles of each. Hoping with age it will smooth out as they are 14% and 15%. Very happy with clarity after 4 months of settling.
 

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Yes it really gets good with age. You will like it. Sure is dark wine. I have 6 gallons of grape that I have to get around and rack from last year also. With all its red I should try to make some whitr.
 

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Making any wine now?
I bottled rhubarb and blackberry/ rhubarb this past weekend (57 bottles).
Started my strawberry, blueberry and blackberry wines also. Still have black raspberry to mix up yet.
Want to make a hard apple cider this year too.
 
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