It's that time of year when you can get your hands on the literal fruits of summer. Berries are ripening across the Whitefish Chain area, and the sweet-tart taste is unlike any other. We'll help you get your hands on the summertime treats.
There are several you-pick operations in the area where you can get quite possibly the best tasting berries you've ever had. Here are a few to check out:
Jake and Scout's Excellent Berry Farm:
Named for two faithful four-legged companions, Jake and Scout's is a blueberry and raspberry farm located west of Pequot Lakes (map here). Jake and Scout are sadly no longer with us, but you can most likely meet the owner's other two friendly pups when you visit the farm. The farm is divided into rows of different varieties of berries, each with their own size and flavor. All of them are delicious.
Jake and Scout's is open this week on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They'll also be open Thursday night from 5-8 p.m. Hours are subject to change if the farm gets picked out. You can also sometimes find Jake and Scout's at area farmers' markets, where they sell their berries as well as fresh cut flowers. Check for updates on the farm's Facebook page and website.
Wallin Berry Farm:
Wallin's is known for its strawberries that ripen in early July, but they also have you-pick blueberries and raspberries that are ripening now. Located on County Road 18 between Breezy Point and Nisswa (see map here), Wallin's always has a sign on the fence that shows the next picking. They also list it on their Facebook page.
Currently the next picking is Thursday, July 19, from 9-11 a.m. Occasionally pre-picked is available, but not at this time. Besides, half the fun is picking them yourself! Berries are $4 per pound.
Northwoods Organic Produce:
This organic blueberry farm is run by Farmer Dave. Follow him on Facebook to see when he's picking or give him a call (his number is listed on his Facebook page as well).
Of course you can also find berries growing wild in the woods, and word is that raspberries and blackberries are ripe. Raspberries are abundant in areas with lots of sun, but watch out for their prickly stems. Same goes for blackberries. Blueberries grow low to the ground, but be sure you know exactly what you're picking. There are some blue-colored berries that are not edible. Always know before you eat! Try public areas like the Veteran's walking trail or Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area.