August 2010

The Northwest: It's a Berry Paradise

Berries. They mark the beginning of summer, and the end, and right now in the Northwest, it's berry season. It's berry season from about June through early October, here. Right now, you can still find lucious local strawberries, and the blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, huckleberries, and marion berries are available as well, though some require a bit more effort to find than others.

Strawberries start

appearing in the Northwest in June, and with luck last until almost Labor day. There are several varieties of the domestic berries, and two varieties of native "wild" strawberries, one of them the hardy alpine strawberry with small berries and leaves but intense flavor.