marionberry

A native Oregonian, the Marionberry is a cross between Chehalem blackberry and Olallieberry blackberry. Medium-sized dark red to black berries with a medium sized seed. Known as the “Cabernet of Blackberries” for its complex, rich earthy flavor. Bred at Oregon State University and raised primarily in Oregon it was named after Marion County, Oregon.

Fresh season is typically July 5th – July 25.


black diamond

Black Diamond - A newer Blackberry variety, thornless, excellent berry quality. Medium to large berries excellent color.


Early fresh season typically June 28 - July 21


evergreen

Evergreen - It is a medium‐sized, deep blue‐black colored berry with a small seed. Native wild blackberry of England often considered the traditional blackberry. Common names: Cut-leaf blackberry, Cut-leaf bramble, Evergreen blackberry, Laciniate bramble, Parsley‐leaf bramble.

Fresh season typically August 10th - September 15th


Oregon black raspberry

Oregon’s Black Raspberries - Affectionately known as “Blackcaps”, are native to North America. These uniquely flavored berries are very popular especially jams. The fruit is blue‐black, round and small, and there’s a whitish bloom on the exterior of the berry. Black Raspberries have a distinct and moderately tart flavor, small seed and like the red raspberry. The Extremely dark pigment allows black raspberries to be used as a coloring agent.The USDA stamp on meat was made with black raspberry dye for many years.

Fresh Season typically July 1st – July 31st


Oregon red raspberry

Oregon’s Red Raspberries are known for their radiant red color and powerfully good flavor. The Willamette and Meeker varieties are the main varieties grown in Oregon. Red Raspberries are distinguished from the Blackberries as the fruit separates from the plant producing a hollow core. The berry is medium to bright red depending on the variety, medium‐sized and moderately tart with small seeds.

Red Raspberry typically harvest June 15th – July 20th


Oregon Hood Strawberry

Oregon Hood strawberries are so sweet, red and juicy. The reason is our climate. Oregon has a long mild spring and early summer. We have lots of rain and often have cool nights and warm sunny days. These conditions are perfect for growing the sweetest strawberries. The berries stay on the vine and ripen slowly, allowing the sugars to increase before harvest.

Hood Strawberries typically harvest June 1st – June 20th


Oregon Totem Strawberry

Oregon Totem strawberries are so sweet, red and juicy. The reason is our climate. Oregon has a long mild spring and early summer. We have lots of rain and often have cool nights and warm sunny days. These conditions are perfect for growing the sweetest strawberries. The berries stay on the vine and ripen slowly, allowing the sugars to increase before harvest.

Hood Strawberries typically harvest June 5st – June 25th


Oregon Berry Festival July 16th – 17th, 2016 Portland, Oregon

Featuring more than 40 different booths with first of Oregon’s bountiful berry harvest. Fresh from the farm and in all sorts of unique and delicious products at the 6th Annual LifeWise Oregon Berry Festival, held at the Ecotrust Event Space in Portland. This free, family friendly event includes two days of an all berry marketplace, children’s booth with activities and crafts, mainstage entertainment, information on the health benefits of berries and delicious berry-themed food offerings.

 

Children’s entertainment, musical groups and cooking demos will make the LifeWise Oregon Berry Festival Bluesberry stage come alive on both days of the festival. New this year onstage is the Blackberry Pie Contest, which will be open to both home chefs and professional chefs and features a pie making demo by the Portland Pie Company. Time to dust off grandma’s pie recipe and enter win one of three great gift basket prizes from Columbia Empire Farms and a signed copy of American Baker by Chef Jim Dodge.

 

After you’ve stocked up on berries and berry gifts, take time to visit the Healthy Berry Pavilion and meet professional dieticians who will help answer any questions on berries and how they contribute to a healthy lifestyle. While there, learn more about how berries help prevent type 2 diabetes in children from the Blueberry Family Health Foundation. The Pavilion also includes LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon’s booth that will feature fun ways to think about adding berries into your family’s diet plus a special treat for LifeWise members.

 


Berry Health Symposium October 13th – 15th, 2015 Madison, Wisconsin

This October, some of the world’s most renowned berry researchers will gather in Madison, Wisconsin to present research that will attract media and consumer attention to berries as a super fruit.


The symposium, which has been held biennially since 2005, features cutting edge findings in many areas including breast and colon cancer, leukemia, diabetes, gut health, metabolism, brain aging, heart health and more.

 

Put on under the auspices of the National Berry Crops Initiative, the Berry Health Benefit Symposium offers 1 1/2 days of dynamic research presentations and a special 1/2 dayevent “The Berry Sessions” for non-scientists, and will include a tour of the cranberry growing region of Wisconsin.



Hazelnut Festival December 4th – 5th, 2015 Mt. Angel, Oregon

Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Fourth Annual Mt. Angel Hazelnut Fest. The festival is the premier event of its kind in Oregon and celebrates one of the Willamette Valley’s largest agricultural crops. The Hazelnut Fest will include a German Holiday Market featuring regional arts and crafts, authentic & traditional German Christmas Decorations and Crafts, Oregon wineries and breweries, as well as foods that highlight hazelnuts.


The history of the hazelnut in the Willamette Valley of Oregon dates back to the arrival of early French settlers to the valley. Today, more than 600 hazelnut growers are located in the Willamette Valley – the prime growing region for hazelnuts in the United States.


The small town of Mt. Angel, population 4,000, knows how to put on a festival. The Hazelnut Fest is built on the chamber of commerce’s tradition of working a longside a large team of volunteers to create one of Oregon’s most successful festivals.