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    In all the years that I have lived in Valdez, I have never starting putting them away this early. Usually late August or so is about right. And it is going to be a bumper crop too.

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    I stumbled into a bunch on a hike this weekend and was surprised to find ripe ones so early - nice snack

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    What part of the state were you in not the area just part of state?

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    I was eating a few along the Denali Hwy last week too.

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    Hi All, my family and I are making our first trip to Valdez this weekend (8/28 - 8/29) - been on our list to visit for a few years now. We can't wait to see it (hear it's beautiful). We thought we'd try our luck for some silvers and see if we can't basket some blueberries while there as well. Any suggestions on where to pick? My initial research says Thompson Pass, but that's a lot of territory. Any suggestions?

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    Blueberries came early this year. You might be a month or so late this year.
    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kasilofchrisn View Post
    Blueberries came early this year. You might be a month or so late this year.
    Good luck.

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    Yes, they were early. Still some around if you look, but LB cranberries are the next big thing to put away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sayak View Post
    Yes, they were early. Still some around if you look, but LB cranberries are the next big thing to put away.
    Looking forward to putting up a few lingonberries.
    We always pick them after the first frost. It makes the berries release all the plants sugars into the berries.
    I still got some chaga hunting to do as well.
    I do like to harvest wild edibles.
    Good to hear there are still some blueberries this year.

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    The blueberries and service berries were thick on Montague and naked islands when we were there two weeks ago and plenty ripe. We brought back a few gallons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0321Tony View Post
    The blueberries and service berries were thick on Montague and naked islands when we were there two weeks ago and plenty ripe. We brought back a few gallons.

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    Service berries? Do you mean sarvis berry (a slightly unpalatable, seedy berry used for landscaping)... and probably really referring to huckleberry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sayak View Post
    Service berries? Do you mean sarvis berry (a slightly unpalatable, seedy berry used for landscaping)... and probably really referring to huckleberry?
    Let me look back through my edible plants book. But we were picking blueberries and another berry that was similar but the Bush was slightly different. I thought it was a service berry but I'll check. I may be wrong on the type we were getting. They were similar in taste and on a similar bush but they were black in color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0321Tony View Post
    Let me look back through my edible plants book. But we were picking blueberries and another berry that was similar but the Bush was slightly different. I thought it was a service berry but I'll check. I may be wrong on the type we were getting. They were similar in taste and on a similar bush but they were black in color.

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    Yeah, huckleberries. They can be red, blue or black. They grow over in Seward too and all over Southeast. Even Homer has some and so does Bristol Bay. They're seedier than blueberries, but make for tasty trail fare, and are good for pies and jams. Sometimes if you soak them in salt water worms come out.

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    Tons on the eska falls trail in sutton near the top

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