Strawberries are ripe at Finke's Berry Farm in Carlton. Picking berries there is one of the best parts of my summer. The farm is located at 2331 Co. Rd. 4. Call 384-4432 or see finkesberryfarm.com for more information. Raspberries will be ripe later in the month or early in August. We'll try to arrange a group picking time followed by a jam making activity. Greens, radishes, spring onions, and other fresh foods are available at farmers' markets now. The Sustainable Farming Association's website has a list of area markets, including locations and times. (http://www.lakesuperiorfarming.org/FarmProductsDirectory.aspx)
The Slow Food Harvest Festival Pig Roast and Picnic committee is planning that event. It will be held September 6 at 5 p.m. at Bayfront Park. We'll need volunteers to help chop vegetables and do other preparation and clean up work for the picnic. Another group is planning monthly activities for the fall and winter. More information will be posted on the Slow Food Lake Superior website, http://www.slowfoodlakesuperior.org/. Let us know your ideas or join us to help plan.