In case you just needed another reason to drive our fabulous backroads when it’s dry and warm (you know, the 3-4 weeks a year, if we’re lucky), I’m seeing the first of the trailing blackberries starting to ripen here in the Seattle area.

These are some of the most delicious wild berries that grow here that don’t require a trip into the mountains or serious hunting to locate (ex: black raspberries and wild strawberries).

I already picked one in this picture. Look at all that deliciousness ripening!

It’s also strawberry season. I picked this bowl full in my MIL’s garden yesterday because she had given up on picking them... I suspect this means the wild ones are producing, too.