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Thursday, August 5, 2010
U-Pick 'Em Season
It's a time-honored tradition for many Portland families to pack up the kids, buckets, and baskets, and head out to Sauvie Island for some berry picking. This bucolic, agricultural oasis is only ten miles northeast of downtown Portland, but it could be a million miles away.
Sitting between the Columbia River and Multnomah Channel, the island is a mix of farms (mostly), wildlife refuges, and beaches. There are several U-pick places to chose from including Sauvie Island Farms, Kruger Farms, and Sauvie Island Blueberry Farm. In addition to berries, peaches, corn, cucumbers, and other summer fruits and veggies are available for picking. There are no better tasting berries than ones you pick yourself, and it's especially rewarding to take a baggie of berries from the freezer in February and remember the sunny, warm day of berry picking. A friend of mine from Denver had her first picking experience here in Oregon, and was amazed to discover that blueberries actually had a distinct flavor! Have a berry good time!
For the past twelve years, I have written a monthly travel column for a local northwest newspaper. In doing so, I have traveled over 50,000 miles in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia and taken far too many photos. Please join me in my travels throughout the Upper Left Hand Corner of the United States. We'll visit wineries, small towns, major attractions, museums, retaurants, gardens, historic sites, take a few hikes, and explore backroads and byways.
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