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Thimbleberry – Harvesting at Lake Tahoe and Truckee   Leave a comment

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By Tim Hauserman

Once, in my early 20s I went backpacking in Desolation Wilderness with a copy of a book about edible plants of the Sierra Nevada. I was bound and determined to locate wild food that could sustain a person in the wilds of the Sierra. It’s a good thing I brought food, because there was a real dearth of wild foraging to be done, with one exception: The Thimbleberry.

In late summer and early fall, depending upon the amount of moisture we received the prior winter, thimbleberries finally turn bright red and are ready to eat. The name comes from the fact that the berries look like tiny thimbles.

Thimbleberry, rubus parviflorus, is a member of the raspberry family, and while I find raspberries delicious, thimbleberry are just as good, with perhaps a bit more flavor. They are smaller, more fragile, and soft, and thus are not grown commercially, although in some parts of the country they are prized for making jam.

In the Tahoe region, thimbleberries are quite common in the shaded understory of pine and fire trees, as well as near creek beds. The plants grow in the 1-2 foot range for the most part, with large palmate leaves with five lobes. They have a very large similar to maple leaf appearance. The cycle begins with white flowers with yellow centers in the early summer, transitioning slowly through hard green berries to the lush red ones by harvest time.

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A highlight of many an early fall hiking trip for me was to run into a patch of thimbleberries at the height of ripeness. It’s always worth a short break to forage your way through the berries. It’s somewhat of an art to pick the right berry as some are not so tasty or too seedy, while the really red and soft ones are delicious and melt in your mouth.

While thimbleberries are also a popular plant for Tahoe area landscaping, they seem to grow more berries in their natural surroundings, away from all the coddling they get from humans. Which is good, if you wish to savor something as tasty as a thimbleberry, you should have to work for it.

Your best bet for finding thimbleberries right now is at the higher elevations, as the berries at lake level are almost gone.

 

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Hike the Meeks Bay Loop!   2 comments

 

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Controlled burn near Meeks Bay

 

By Tim Hauserman

The Meeks Bay trail is one of the easiest and most popular routes into Desolation Wilderness. At just ten miles south of Tahoe City, it is also the closest trailhead into Desolation if you are coming from Truckee or North Lake Tahoe. While the five mile tromp into Crag Lake is certainly a worthwhile endeavor, Meeks Bay can also be a perfect locale for an easy walk before the snow gets too deep.

I headed out on the Meeks Bay trail on a brisk Saturday afternoon. The first mile is almost level, and follows the sandy surface of an old dirt road. In about a mile, the dirt road reaches a junction. The trail into Desolation Wilderness heads uphill on single track to your right, and the the road continues straight ahead and stays in the meadow.

From this junction, if you go straight, the road peters down to trail, and soon reaches the remains of Camp Waisu, a former girl scout camp. All that is left now is the concrete foundation of the main building, and a few ancient latrines with all the walls and roof gone, but the seats still proudly waiting for a posterior to come along.

If you stay on this trail, you soon reach Meeks Creek. You can turn around here, or cross it and follow the creek downstream back towards Lake Tahoe. Tucked up against the north facing moraine of the edge of the valley, this side of the valley is moister and more lush than the main trail.

On my trip, a controlled burn was in the process and the valley was full of smoke. I passed several smoldering dead trees and the smoke gave off a fun, eerie feeling. I should have come here on Halloween. Eventually, the trail hits a dirt road, which then meets a paved driveway, which bring you to dirt trail and back to the highway, just a 100 yards south of the main trailhead.

To get there: Take Highway 89 (West Lake Blvd.) 10 miles south of Tahoe City, the trailhead is on your right at the big turn in the highway.

 

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Controlled burns help keep Tahoe’s forests healthy

 

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There’s Still Time to Visit Apple Hill, CA! Fun for the Whole Family.   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi

 

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Rainbow Orchards and Cider Press

 

As the weather turns colder and we’re nearing the holidays, plan on a trip to Apple Hill for the freshest picked apples, home made apple pies to die for, fresh pressed apple cider and just about any other item you can make with apples!

 

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My friend Aimee and Emu courtesy of Bedrock Emu Works.

 

Many venues have craft fairs and gift shops too and for the kids, some even have farm critters to pet and feed. For the adults, there is plenty of wine tasting along the way. Some Orchards also have extensive open air markets to buy local produce and wares of every sort. And most fun of all, watch apples being pressed into cider…then buy a gallon or two! (Or more!  You can freeze it! I could have kicked myself last year for only buying a half gallon!)

You’ve never tasted cider this good!

 

Christmas tree farms

Christmas Tree Farm, Apple Hill, CA

 

As the apple season winds down, the Christmas Tree season winds up. You can visit many Christmas Tree Farms to pick out that perfect holiday tree.

 

Stop for lunch …or maybe a just eat dessert first! Apple pies, apple turnovers, apple fritters, you name it, they’ve got it!

 

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Caramel Apple Pie, YUM!!! Honey Bear Ranch, Apple Hill, CA

 

If your sweet tooth desires something other than apples, there are fudge shops and candy stores as well. You’ll not be able to hit every place in one day, so plan your route. Check the links below for maps, which Orchards and shops are still open, and their hours of operation.  The handy grid also tells you what they sell and/or provide.

 

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For more information on Apple Hill growers and shops, go to these links.

General Info: www.applehill.com

Map: www.applehill.com/wp-content

Grower Info: http://www.applehill.com/fruit-growers/

 

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