Though there are four seasons of fun to be had on Sauvie Island, a rural paradise just north of Portland, you couldn’t pick a better time to visit than summer. That’s when local growers like Sauvie Island Farms and Kruger’s Farm throw open their gates and let families pick their own berries by the bushel — a truly sweet way to spend a summer day. About the size of Manhattan, Sauvie is one of the largest river islands in the U.S., and in addition to being a hot spot for fruits and veggies, it’s also a paradise for bird-watchers, beach-goers, bicyclists and kayakers.
But in the family-owned fields of Sauvie Island Farms, it’s all about the crops — from peaches to peonies. Open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., this a great place to pick up some of nature’s candy. Right now, strawberry season is winding down, with blueberries and raspberries on their way.
Kruger’s Farm also lets visitors select sweet eats, with Marion berries, boysenberries and blackberries among their most popular hauls. The farm, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to sunset, also celebrates with events like farm-to-plate dinners and Thursday night concerts, which feature beer and food vendors, so you can order a hamburger or sausage, in case you’ve had enough of the farm’s fruits and vegetables — as if that could ever happen!