ANCHORAGE (KTUU) While lots of sunlight like we had earlier this Summer is great for berries, there are a few other factors that come into play as well. With that said, Lee Hecimovich, the Mat-Su/Copper River Forage Agent for the Cooperative Exchange Service, says this should be a good year for berries.
“Even in my yard, the raspberries are going crazy,” Hecimovich says. “The non-edible berries like the bunch-berries are two, three weeks ahead."
You can water yard berries though, and Hecimovich says wild berries need a bit more than just sunlight.
“You definitely need that balance,” Hecimovich says. “The sunny weather is great, but if you don't have that moisture, the evening rains, or any rains... they'll not do as well."
While Anchorage had a fairly dry June and July, Hecimovich says outside the city, where evening showers were common, the berries are booming.
“Towards the bottom of the mountains is usually a good place to start,” Hecimovich says. “I know a lot of the folks that have been down towards Seward have had good luck, so it really is kinda spot by spot."
If you're not having luck finding berries, Hecimovich says the best thing to do is to keep moving.
“If you're in an area that either didn't get a lot of rain, or maybe is a mountain shadow, you might have some issues, but just keep looking and check different places and you should be fine." Hecimovich says.
Of course, the best places to pick berries are tightly kept secrets, so if you find a good patch, you might want to consider staying quiet about it.
The best way to make sure the berries are good in the future is to leave a few behind today.
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