Finding fruit

tannabananaAugust 17, 2007

Hello there!

Growing up in North Dakota, my family always went chokecherry picking. Generally we went out along the section lines, abandoned homesteads and out in some pasture land to find the berries. We had a grand time and made some really good jelly and syrup (I never did try the wine my parents attempted to make).

I don't expect to have the same experience here but coming up this fall (I realize I've pretty much missed strawberry season), are there any u-pick places where you could pick up fruit inexpensively? I live in Cedar Rapids, so in the area would be nice. Although, we are up for day-trips. :) I'd love to put up some jelly/jams for us to enjoy as well as gifts.


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marilou(z4 IA)

I wish I could help you out, but the only u-pick I know of is in Nevada (Iowa). If I recall correctly, they advertise picking in June and it's for strawberries and some other fruit. I'm sure you miss your chokecherries!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2007 at 10:05AM
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joyceen1ia(z5 IA)

Iowa has "almost wild" fruit along the back roads...but you have to know where. My favorite is American Lewis and Clark found here. Best way is to go to farmer's markets and talk with the local older folks. They may know where to look. Ask to buy some from sure you know the right season for the fruit. You're safe if you ask in spring. Since Iowa is heavily cropped and the fields are getting bigger ..factory can be assumed that the fruit has been exposed to spray. An old farmer actually took my husband and I into the back roads and showed us the trees and helped us pick them. Another thing is to find out who owns the land and get information and permission. Beware of poison ivy. Hill country is the most likely place to find what you want. The plains are huge factory fields. Joyce in Iowa

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 10:39AM
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