Berries of Northwest Alaska

As the sun begins to set in August, and us “northerners” finally experience some darkness, the berries of northwest Alaska begin to flourish.   The sun sets for about 5 hours now, which is both good and bad.   Good, because the berries we gather near the coast are able to turn on the afterburners, so to speak, in terms of growing.   They soak up the sun during the day, and rest at night, similar to those of us who are busy all summer long.   Bad, because it Read More …

High Bush Cranberries

High bush cranberries are harder to make use of than their low bush cousins. They have a pit inside of them that makes them less appealing to throw in a batch of muffins or over the morning granola and are, at least to my tastebuds, tarter. Despite these limitations they are all over our neighborhood. Most people won’t reveal their super secret berry picking spots, but for high bush cranberries you can walk along many power-line cuts in Fairbanks for easy access to prime berry picking. In just under 30 Read More …