Ilene Poindexter and Matt Marshall, Westhaven Blackberry Festival

While they call it the Westhaven Blackberry Festival — I’m all about the Huckleberry Pies — seriously — have you ever picked huckleberries?  To say tedious is an understatement — with the possible exception of thimbleberries, huckleberries are the most time consuming berry to pick in my humble opinion.  And these women — who get together every Tuesday at 2 starting in January to make pies all year long for the festival — make and sell huckleberry pies (and blackberry too).

I finally had the chance to eat a slice of the huckleberry pie and it was the best I’ve ever had.  It had perfect crust — and the berries are making my mouth water just writing this.  The festival has been going for over 50 years and is the last weekend in July — if you get a chance, go to the festival.  They even pre-sell pies so if you miss the festival — you can buy a pie to pop into the freezer.  It comes with instructions on how to bake it.

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Check out the Facebook Page for the Westhaven Blackberry Festival