Pipeline contributing writer Rebecca Gross took a trip to Sauvie Island recently and brought back some delicious looking berry photos and sweet canning tips for our readers. Get out to the island this weekend to take advantage of Oregon’s berry season. Too far? Zupans and New Seasons both have a nice selection of local berries as well.
By Rebecca Gross
I recently spent half a day on Sauvie Island picking berries at Kruger’s Farm. Though the raspberries are done for the season, the u-pick berry patches still had some blackberries, Marionberries and boysenberries. They were all dark, juicy and delicious! Blueberries were bountiful and are perfect for snacking or for mixing into a berry jam. Which is exactly what I used them for.
I ended up buying some fresh raspberries from Kruger’s Farm Market and jammed for the rest of the afternoon with two friends.
More Portland / Oregon Berry Canning Info + Photos
We made raspberry jam, mystery berry jam (I think they were marionberries) and a mixed jam with the previous two berries plus blueberries. Preserving is a time-intensive process which is why I love sharing the work with a pal or two.
Each finished product had its own deep berry-colored hue which for me is part of the experience. Now my pantry shelf is full of bright and beautiful jars of jam to enjoy and share. I added the jars we made this past weekend to the strawberry jam that I made from u-pick berries in July. Canning and preserving has surprisingly become something I truly enjoy and it’s easy to learn with so many great resources both online and at the library.
Online Canning Resources
Kruger’s Farm Market: Info on the best times of year to reap Sauvie Island’s bounty.
pickyourown.org: Probably the worst looking website ever, but a great, free resource for beginning canners.
Canning for a New Generation is an awesome, colorful how-to guide for canning and preserving.
Rebecca Gross, contributing writer
Rebecca Gross is a budding canning and preserving hobbyist with a knack for taking pretty pictures. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter @beccsgross.