LeeAnn Moore – Wiyot Food Traditions

You probably remember LeeAnn Moore from past interviews with her about her local business Oceanside Jams, and of course LeeAnn is also a Master Food Preserver with the University of California Cooperative Extension and was one of the founding mothers of the local chapter of that program — LeeAnn grew up in Humboldt and is a member of the Wiyot tribe.  

Living in Humboldt you can’t help but get a sense of the geographic region of the local Indian tribes — and I always think of Wiyot people as being from around Humboldt Bay, but actually the region is quite a larger than I originally thought.  south to the Bear River Ridge, east to Chalk Mountain, then north to Berry Ridge and all the way up to Little River.  Of course this is an incredibly bio-diverse region — and I was interested in learning more about the traditional foods that LeeAnn grew up with.  Listen Here.


This program was supported in part by the Northwest California Tribal Communities Extension Program, a USDA funded project through UC Cooperative Extension of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties

Lee Ann Moore and Don Duclo, Oceanside Jams

If you have ever wanted to truly experience the terroir of Humboldt County — the flavors that have been enjoyed since the beginning of time by the Wiyot, Hupa, Yurok, Karuk, and others, many of those flavors have been put into a jar by local maven of all things local and canned, Lee Ann Moore.  I’m not just talking about the ubiquitous Himalaya blackberry, the upclass huckleberry (both the common black and the caviar of the jam world — red huckleberry), but I’m talking about the truly obscure and delicious.  I’m talking thimbleberries, a fragile berry that produces a handful at a time throughout the season so you have to return again and again to pick, I’m talking about salal which many people have only seem in flower arrangements, and more.

Lee Ann’s father Don joins her on berry picking excursions in which they pick gallons of berries, but also dozens of the ever present and annoying ticks…reason enough to just let Lee Ann and her father do the picking and canning for us!  (I squirm in my chair as I write this)…

Don’t bother asking where the berry picking patches are — they are well-kept secrets despite my many attempts to trip them up and get a bead on the locations.  Lee Ann just laughs each time I try!

Listen to part 1

Listen to part 2

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