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It’s blackberry time at the coast

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014

Ashleigh Simmons, 16, and her mother, Jenny Gamboa, dig into blackberry bushes brimming with sharp thorns and ready fruit on Monday. Experts say the season for wild berries will continue through September. (Photo by Rick Beasley)

DEPOE BAY — To gardeners, farmers, hunters and hikers, the impenetrable bramble of rubus fruiticosus is more than a mouthful to stumble over.

The ubiquitous plant that grows like a wildfire can take over a pasture or barricade a favorite fishing hole with its twisting vines and thorns worthy of razor wire.

But to the rest of us, the delicious wild fruit of the blackberry bush is worth the needle-like pricks and scratches to harvest this year’s bumper crop of berries.

“We’ve been coming to Oregon every summer since my daughter was three,” said Jenny Gamboa as her hand snaked into a dark hole bearing clumps of dark, ripe fruit. “Harvesting blackberries is always the highlight of our trip. Ouch!”

For the complete article see the 08-20-2014 issue.

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