Ask any Alaska what time of season is best for berry picking and they'll likely say autumn, a two- or three-week "shoulder season" between summer's long nights and the first snow fall, when the temperatures are cooler and leaves turn. And that may usually be the case. But this year, waiting until fall may mean missing out: it's only mid-July and there are berries aplenty to pick.
Alaskans just have to know where to look. Raspberries, watermelon berries and crowberries are plentiful, with currants, blueberries and high bush cranberries ripening now.
Be careful whenever berry picking in Alaska. Not only do the berries attract humans, but hungry bears as well.
How are the berries in your region of Alaska? Share your best berry-picking places in the comments below.
Contact Loren Holmes at loren(at)alaskadispatch.com