With the extended drought, I have barely kept my Bababerry patch alive, and not had any surplus to share, so I was very happy to hear that this excellent berry is back in commercial production. For anyone not familiar with Bababerries or Baba Raspberry, it is a low chill raspberry that was introduced in the late 1970s. The variety is an everbearing-type that produces very large berries of excellent flavor. And according to CRFG it is “probably the most reliable traditional raspberry for areas with very little winter chill that bears a large crop of berries in June and a smaller crop in fall.” But by 2003 – 2004, less and less nurseries were carrying them. For anyone that didn’t already grow them, or know someone who did, they were really hard to come by.
Recently, Dave Wilson Nursery started supplying Bababerry plants to independent nurseries. I have heard from a few friends and aquainences that they are starting to show up in some of the independent nurseries in the Southland. H & H Nursery near me recently got about 3 dozen in, but while I was there today, I noticed they have already sold about 10 of them. They are selling them for $10 each. Other places in SoCal I have heard got some this year include Parkview Nursery on Magnolia Ave in Riverside, Cherry Valley Nursery, and recently reopened Laguna Hills Nursery. Last year Annie’s Annuals in Richmond, CA had them. I am sure there are many other independent nurseries now carrying them, too.
If you have seen them by you, leave a comment. I know lots of folks have been wanting them.