Posted on June 30, 2017 by Jim MacDougall

blueberries Celebrate the fruits of nature's labor: sweet berries come into their own in July.  Low-bush blueberries, red raspberries, black raspberries, dewberries, strawberries, huckleberries and black and pin cherries.  Blackberries, high-bush blueberries, beach plums, barberry, elderberries and grapes are reserved for August or September. Autumn olive and Cranberries ripen in October and November.

 Bayberries and cedar berries although not edible, have their place for the pickeralso while honeysuckle, holly and buckthorn are simply just pretty to look at. 


butterflyCape Ann has always been known for its berry picking.  Dog town Common and the granite knobs of West Gloucester at Tompson Street still offer a bounty of berries.  Bring your berry can, an old tallish container with a piece of twine tied at opposite sides of the lid, to hang the can from your neck at about waste height.  It is there for a two handed picking action and its pendulum nature keeps you from spilling the berries. Look for shrubby treeless areas where there is enough sunlight to stimulate good flowering and berry set

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