Sauvie Island is a small island on the Columbia River just 10 miles from downtown Portland, but with all the farmland and a view of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens on clear days, it can feel like you’re a million miles away from any urban city. It was one of our favorite places to go when we lived in Portland and it’s still one of our favorite places to go when we’re in town. Blueberry picking season was just about over, but Mark and the girls managed to pick enough berries to make the blueberry lavender cake that he baked that night at Jen’s. Blackberries, on the other hand, were abundant and ripe for picking, but I gotta say that the best blackberry picking we’ve ever found is right in Mark’s mom’s backyard. I’m not sure I’ve had sweeter blackberries than hers and we don’t even bother buying them here in New York.
And maybe you’ve noticed all the dahlias throughout our all our photos of the Norwthwest? Dahlias are super abundant here, but you don’t see them as much back East. There are a ton of different varieties with some as big as dinner plates and they’re really inexpensive to pick at farms or buy at farmer’s markets. It’s not often that the girls get to run around in flower fields with blooms almost as tall as they are. They’re really super conscious about not picking flowers in public places like parks, gardens and people’s front yards here at home so they thought is was the best thing in the world to be able to pick any flower that they wanted.