Berries – The Gems of the NW Summer

Strawberry season is starting to wind down, but I noticed raspberries last time I stopped in the berry farm!  And they said blueberries were just about ready.  As those of us that live in Oregon know, the blackberries are soon to follow!  

So where can you go to pick your own or buy some fresh berries someone else picked?  Some of the grocery stores carry locally grown fruit, but I’m never really sure how long ago it was picked.  My choice is farmers market or direct from the farm.  

Here is a list of four farms that I am familiar with in the upper Willamette Valley – followed by a few recipes for Strawberries and Raspberries.  Watch for the blackberry post!  

Boones Ferry Berry Barn – this is the place I go to most often.  They have great berries and they’re on my way home from work!  

I’ve stopped a few times at Smith Berry Barn when I’m in the area.  Their produce is great quality.

 I have never personally been to Sauvie Island Farms, but I have friends that won’t miss it!  They go frequently throughout the season to get some wonderfully sweet berries.  

South Barlow Berries in Canby has a great variety of berries for U-pick.

Looking for something in our area?  Just google U-pick berries or visit Pick your – 

So head on out to the farms this weekend.  Cook up some great berry recipes or top some ice cream with a few – and eat a big bowl of these delights all by themselves!


Strawberry Pops


Triple Strawberry Pancakes  


Strawberry Ricotta Stuffed French Toast

Strawberry RicottaStuffedFrench Toast

Fresh Lettuce and Raspberry Salad

rasp salad

Chocolate and Raspberry Dessert Pizza



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About Helen Fern

I live in the upper Willamette Valley with my amazing husband and four very spoiled cats - three adopted feral cats and one shelter baby. We have lived here since the dawn of 1991 and love every inch of the region.
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6 Responses to Berries – The Gems of the NW Summer

  1. Teresa says:

    At our house strawberries are a favorite. Sadly, I have yet to see in Portugal that concept of berry farms where you can eitheir buy directly from the producer or do your own picking. The closest we get is the farmer’s market and even that one is mostly on week days when I have to be at the office.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party and have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Karren says:

    Your recipes are making my mouth water!!!
    Dont forget to stop by and share on #OMHGFF this week!!

  3. Nikki says:

    My neighbor has blueberries right at the edge of his yard and our yard and sometimes he lets us pick as much as we want. So I planted some blackberries and will return the favor when they get bigger. I would like to plant strawberries too. Maybe next year. mmmmm mmmmm mmmmmm Summertime!
    🙂 gwingal

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