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July 8, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Heading to the islands? Pick up some farm-stand berries

Raspberries from Hayton Farms on Fir Island, in the Skagit Valley. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times)

Raspberries from Hayton Farms on Fir Island, in the Skagit Valley. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

It’s berry season in the Skagit Valley, and if you’re heading to a campout or cabin in the San Juans (or at Bay View State Park, for that matter), few things make a better dessert or fruit salad after a quick stop at a farm stand.

We picked up some raspberries on the way home through the valley after a long Fourth of July weekend in the islands and discovered that they also make a good driving snack (and are a lot less salty than Fritos).

Right now it’s shoulder season, so to speak, so you can not only find raspberries, but also late strawberries or early blueberries. Ours were from the Hayton Farms stand on Fir Island Road, about three miles west of Conway; two small cartons for $5. Other places we saw with plenty of berries included a stand on the east edge of Conway, between the railroad tracks and the river, and Snow Goose Produce, also on Fir Island. Or if you go through Mount Vernon, Schuh Farms on Highway 536 between Beaver Marsh and Bradshaw roads has lots of produce. We also saw a berry stand on the corner of 12th and Commercial in Anacortes. (If you have berries for sale in the Skagit Valley, please feel free to click on “comments” and add a note about your place.)

Oh, and have you discovered those gizmoes called Ice Cream Balls, which you load with berries and cream, then add ice outside the core, and roll it around the yard until it’s ice cream? An excellent combination of summer yard game and ambrosial dessert maker, I’ve found. Just add yard darts.

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