The brilliant sun, cool to cold nights, rich salt free valley soil, and afternoon rains combine to produce a berry that is sweet, firm, and filled with flavor. Nestled in the eastern foothills of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range the Salman Raspberry Ranch consists of six acres of raspberries grown with attention to every detail. The field is hand weeded, watered from the snowy run off of the mountains that frame this lovely valley, and fertilized as needed based on soil readings. No herbicides or pesticides are used on the crop, and customers often eat their berries straight from the vine.
Five different varieties of raspberry (carolinas, autumn brittens and autumn bliss, heritage, and polentas) are grown on the Ranch, each with a slightly different flavor and maturing at slightly different times. Each berry is distinct in its shape, texture, and to some extent taste. When ripe the berries are deep red in color and detach easily from the cane. Raspberries have been grown by the Salman Family since 1982, and the decades of experience with this crop is seen in the quality of the fruit produced. Year after year the same customers reappear at the Berry House, waiting in line for their picking containers and anxious to begin to gather the berries that, in many cases, having frozen them whole and without sugar, will last them until next year’s crop is ready to be harvested.