the map is lacking a few hot spots that katherine and i like to hit, but i don’t know if we want to publicize them. the fruit is your reward for keeping your eyes open...it seems like cheating to just tell people where to find everything. in late summer we walk along the greenbelt with bags and plastic containers and pick apples, crab apples, berries and mirabelle plums (golden cherry-plums, apparently they’re also known as “perles de miel” or “honey pearls” in french). the mirabelles are just fucking bounty. i don’t think anyone notices them, or if they do maybe they don’t realize they’re edible, and luscious. i probably picked ten pounds last year, and katherine the same. i planted a bunch of pits up on my parents’ property in mccall last august. if they sprout i’ll be ecstatic.
there are bushes full of rosehips all along the greenbelt, too many to even plot on the map. strangely i never see anyone picking them, except katherine of course. more and more people catch on to the blackberries every year, but so far all the other produce seems to be largely ignored. fortunately there are more than enough blackberries to meet demand.
up in mccall katherine found a large patch of wild blueberries just behind one of my favorite beaches at the lake. there’s supposedly awesome mushroom picking in mccall as well, but so far we haven’t had luck with that. i know huckleberries grow there in great quantity but i haven’t gone looking for them yet. a huge section of the yard at my parents’ place is covered in wild strawberry plants, which would be wonderful if my dad didn’t insist upon mowing them.