There are still many ripe berries in Zone 5 but they are not going to be in clumps. They will be scattered. So the ease of picking is more difficult. Use the advantage of 2 hands by utilizing a “picking belt” (see previous video post on Facebook).
Zones 6 and 7 still have quite a few ripe berries but will need to walk up and down the rows to find the bushes with the ripe berries.
Note: When the ripe berries can’t keep up with the bird pressure the season will be over.