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Berry Picking in Northern Michigan

The forests and fields in northern Michigan demonstrate the abundant creativity in nature, designed by God. There are trees—pine and deciduous—ferns, wildflowers and berries. My sister and I spent a week in the Upper Peninsula.

We hiked. We picked apples and berries. Thimbleberries are abundant in the Keweenaw (the peak of the Upper Peninsula that touches Lake Superior). The bushes grow along embankments and creek beds. They grow in the forest where there is fallen and rotting wood. They flower in June.

Thimbleberry Flower
Thimbleberry flower

In August they have bright red berries.


The berries make a good jam. Picking the berries is more of a challenge than making the jam. First you have to know where there is a good patch of berries. Then you have to meet the challenge of climbing down embankments, keeping your balance on branches that give way under your feet. 

My Mom and Dad introduced me to the adventure of thimbleberry picking. My children and I picked the berries with them. At the time we were fortunate to find a stretch of old railroad to walk along as we picked. That site is now fenced off and unavailable.

When we arrived home with cups of thimbleberries we sat at the table and cleaned the berries and made jam. A summer family activity.

As I picked berries this summer, memories of those other summers came to mind. My sister and I had a good week.

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

6 Comments on “Berry Picking in Northern Michigan

  1. I’ve not heard of thimbleberries, either. What a fun activitiy for you and your sister to do. I have heard of the beauty of the Upper Peninsula but never have visited it. If I ever do, I will look for thimbleberries!

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