Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Berries, berries everywhere



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.

11 comments:

Bergson said...

Humm I want blueberries

Celine said...

Wow, those looks good!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I like blackberries. I also enjoyed reading your post. When I was here the pictures would not load and I tried several times to get them to come up.

I am growing blackberries for the first time but the birds are getting them before I do.

Andrea said...

They all look delicious. Makes me want some....makes my mouth water.

Boise Diva said...

Mmmmm. Are you going to share your jam recipe?

HOBO said...

Bread & Jam
Please...

VJ's Scrap Room said...

Good Evening Jill:)
MMMMM my mouth is watering.:) My Dh..kids and I would go blackberry picking almost every year in Fla.There were small fields of them growing wild and we would spend a while picking through them.:)I ruined soo many pants from the thorns.LOL We had to watch out for rattle snakes too but the blackberry cobblers were sooo worth it!:)We understand why they are expensive now.LOL

Hope you are doing well and enjoying your visits to town.:)

Hugs,
Valinda

Hilda said...

Gosh, I only know cherries and blueberries. The Philippines is mostly too warm to grow berries, and whatever few get imported don't even reach the markets—they go straight to bakeshops and restaurants.

Jan said...

Oh yummy,I love all the fresh berries this time of year, wish I knew of a stand like that here in Georgia:(

Identity Crisis said...

Yummy antioxidants! Thanks for the visit. Your blog has a very warm feel to it and great shots..

• Eliane • said...

Oh Yum! This looks delicious, Jill!
I want a little bit of everything. :)