We love our Berries!! Any one of them could be called our favorite! There is nothing quite as delicious as a berry plucked right from the plant. And the Berries of the Willamette Valley are ripe for the pickin'. Here are but a few of my favorites, really just a few!!
** Strawberry: The fragrantly sweet juiciness and deep red color of strawberries can brighten up both the taste and aesthetics of any meal..It is no wonder they are the most popular berry fruit in the world.
** Silvan blackberry: Silvans are the first blackberry to ripen and launch the beginning of our blackberry season.
** Marion blackberry: Commonly called marionberries, these have that wild berry flavor plus they freeze beautifully, even holding their shape after being frozen. In baking they pair perfectly with cinnamon and cardamom in coffee cake and muffins. They are the world's leading commercial blackberry and, like all of Oregon's berries, are grown right in our backyard -- the Willamette Valley.
** Willamette red raspberry: These floral, aromatic raspberries have the perfect balance of tartness and acidity, no doubt the reason they are the primary raspberry grown in the Pacific Northwest.
Try this super easy, delicious, raspberry cobbler. Any juicy fruit or berry can be substituted but I like using raspberries straight from our garden for a breakfast treat at our Old Parkdale Inn.
Preheat oven to 375
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teas. baking powder
3/4 cup milk
3 cups raspberries
Melt the butter in a 9X9 baking pan. Combine sugar, flour and baking powder. Add milk and mix well. Pour over melted butter. Sprinkle with berries and bake for 35-45. Serve warm with whipped cream.
There are many u-pick farms in the Willamette Valley and for the less adventurous, many farmers markets where you'll find just picked fresh berries. When visiting the Willamette Valley you'll want to spend at least a few days. Besides the amazing family farms you'll enjoy the scenic backroads, wineries, and unique Bed and and Breakfast Inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild. Let Oregon's Bountiful Harvest Begin.