Berry Picking on Sauvie Island

Over July 4th weekend, I made a trip to Sauvie Island to pick strawberries.

The U-pick berry farm had strawberries, but also blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and maybe marion berries or some other variety of berry.

I was mostly interested in the strawberries, since we have plenty of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries at home.

They had several varieties of strawberries, including Hoods, Sweet Sunrise, Mary’s Peak, and an “unnamed variety from Oregon.”

They all tasted more or less the same to me, but the unnamed Oregon variety had really firm, smooth flesh, so it was definitely my favorite. It also had a slightly odd shape. It was distinctly ovoid or rectangular, whereas all the other strawberries had a more classic heart shape.

Unnamed Oregon variety of strawberry

I also got a pint of blueberries (variety: Duke) because ours aren’t quite ready yet.

The farm had a recording of an angry bird playing very loudly (very loudly) in the blueberry patch to deter other birds.

Here was my final box of berries.

Unintentionally patriotic

I also noticed some strawberry runner snaking their way into the paths.

I may have taken some home with me….

Hopefully these will take root and produce delicious “unnamed Oregon” variety strawberries in future years.

I made berry scones with the strawberries, blueberries, and some raspberries from the backyard.

I still have plenty more strawberries to enjoy!

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