Berry lovers, you can start pickin’ and grinnin’ anytime now!
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture reports raspberry and blueberry fields are expected to be open for pick-your-own and pre-picked berries the first two weeks of July.
Whatever happened to Holmes City Berries? I guess they went the way of Herbergers and the Alexandria Blue Anchors.
Speaking of blue, when I worked at a summer camp north of Two Harbors in the Superior National Forest, I used to pick blueberries.
I would go out and forage in the deep, dark woods for those scrumptious blue explosions of flavor. Sometimes I’d be competing with bears to git ’em.
I don’t know how many times I ended up wrasslin’ a big, ol’ blackie for picking rights to a high-yielding bush.
Wait, I remember how many times. Zero times. True, I didn’t wrestle bars. I shooed them in the direction of Charley Ruckheim’s place near Parkers Praire.
Once I collected the blueberries, I used my trusty berry hauler to bring them back to the kitchen.
The cook wasn’t too happy to see me pull up to his back door…
But, I’d just slip him another Marlboro and we’d be good.
Freshly picked berries–what a treat! If you are looking for a place to go picking near you, the Minnesota Grown Directory is a handy resource. I hope you get to pop a personally picked berry in your mouth this summer. Or, get to drive a front loader.