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

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


October is berry picking time! Lingonberries and Bog Cranberries. I just love picking them.....but around town these particular types of berries are small, not very plentiful, and hard to everyone who's looking for them is very secretive about where they pick....

Lucy usually accompanies me, but she can keep a secret.

Even though she's mostly blind, she still seems to be able to flounder around in the muskeg and have a good time. I think she even figured out how to pick Lingonberries herself.

She does have a tendency to just wander off, so today I attached a bell to her collar to keep better track of her whereabouts.

Carolyn also joined me today.......berry picking is more fun when you take a friend!

This year we're noticing a definite trend.....there are hardly any Bog Cranberries but there are lots of Lingonberries....

 ....and they are larger than normal. I wonder if other pickers are finding the same thing?

We each ended up with about 3 cups of berries after about 2 hours of picking, and Lucy was muddy and panting from all of her exercise.

 So everyone's happy!

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