THE U-Pick GARDEN will be closing August 20th. This will be the last year the garden will be open to the public. Next year I'll be operating as a CSA, supplying about 20 regular customers with weekly boxes. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years, but it's time to try something new.

To get a copy of my book, "How To Grow Vegetables In Sitka, Alaska" just give me a call....The books are $20 plus tax. If you live out of town and want me to mail you a copy, you can mail a check for $25.60 to:

Lori Adams
P O Box 6021
Sitka, Alaska

Down To Earth U-Pick Garden is located at 2103 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka, Alaska. It is open usually from mid-June through late August. Hours are Monday-Saturday 12:00 to 6:30. On Farmer's Market Saturdays I am not open until 2:00. Children are welcome but may not run through the garden or chase the ducks. If you have any questions you can contact me, Lori Adams, at 907-747-6108 or 907-738-2241. My email address is

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Today I picked huckleberries!

 And, I had a helper!

Okay, maybe not so much a helper as much as a companion...

Lucy can't see the berries anymore but she knows they are there...she just sniffs and sniffs until I think she is going to hyperventilate and pass out!  

There are not as many huckleberries on our bushes this year as usual.  Most of the bushes are completely bare and some of them have just a smattering of berries...

But every once in a while there is a bush that is just loaded...

That is the way they usually look!  I usually get about 2, 5 gallon bucket fulls each season, and this time I only got 3 gallons total.  I use a berry picker, which is the only way to go.

I like to mix huckleberries 1/2 and 1/2 with my raspberries when I make jam.  The flavors blend together so nicely and the jam just tastes like raspberry jam.  The huckleberries don't break down enough to please Levi, so I throw them in the blender a little.   He doesn't like to see whole berries on his toast!  Hmmm, that's silly.

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