This is a great time of the year here for fresh, local fruits and berries and Amy Clark of Willamette Valley Produce had a wonderful assortment at the Farmer's Market today, all grown locally on their farm. You may not have heard of Marionberries, which were developed in the 1950's as a cross between several blackberry varieties, and named after Marion county (right here!) Marionberries are juicy, have a rich blackberry flavor and less seeds than other blackberries so they are great for making jam (which I plan to do tomorrow). You can read about them at Oregon-berries.com.
Each Wednesday from May to October, Chemeketa St. in downtown Salem is closed off from 10 am to 2 pm between Liberty and High for the Farmer's Market. You can also enjoy some lunch courtesy of several food vendors.
Clark's Berry Farm is located in West Salem. Amy said they sell their berries at both the Wednesday Farmer's Market and the Saturday Market which is held in the state 'green' parking lot on the corner of Marion and Summer Sts.