Are you ready for WILD HUCKLEBERRY SEASON in 2014 ?
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How to drop up to 11 TIMES as many
HUCKLEBERRIES into your bucket
in the same HOUR-
while making FEWER gas guzzling trips
into the woods !
SECRET TOOL MAKES HUCKLEBERRY
PICKING A SLAM DUNK!
(PS: CLICK HERE if you are READY to order Huckleberry Rakes
I am going to share this closely guarded little secret, one that commercial wild huckleberry pickers have known for
-- some very simple
tools, will turn wild berry picking
-- especially HUCKLEBERRY picking
into fun, instead of
After a COUPLE MINUTES, you can lightly shake your huckleberry rake and see a FULL cup of
berries in the bottom of the "well" ... try to do that picking by hand!
Stay for a typical three- or four-hour huckleberry picking session, and deliver enough huckleberries to
your freezer for a FULL YEAR of jam, a pie, flajacks and ice cream ...
without rationing (like we huckleberry
hounds typically do)!
Enjoy NEW HUCKLEBERRY RECIPES -- since you will have more huckleberries to play with!
Bragging rights for your new status as a MASTER huckleberry picker! ("Where did you find ALL THOSE
HUCKLEBERRIES?!", he or she will ask, as you swagger!)
Save money on GAS, with fewer trips to the woods (not to mention, less wear and tear
on your tires and vehicle)!
The possibility of making some extra spending money, selling extra
huckleberries at farmers markets; or to neighbors, restaurants, produce stands, and processors.
Save money on Christmas gifts (everybody likes huckleberry goodies)!
But of course, you may not give them away... you'll make the mistake of tasting, before
wrapping. And probably keep them for
More time to pursue your favorite outdoor or indoor hobbies!
Fewer "fumble fingers"... if you drop a lot of berries while handpicking (like I do), OR if
your digit dexterity is no longer what it once was, or even if you (or someone you love) is getting
arthritic... a picker is a great way to level the playing field!
I have to tell you first that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis in my
hands along with other places. The rake was a life saver allowing me
to pick for a longer period of time with out much pain in my hands. I also picked three times as much!
I recommend this to anyone with arthritis in their hands to
make picking berries more enjoyable and A LOT
Works on other ROUND berry species. I've tried the pickers on blueberries,
elderberries, currants, and service berries (also called Saskatoon, sarvice, June, or prairie berries).
This picking tool is certainly OPTIMIZED for wild huckleberry species found in the Pacific Northwest.
(And works pretty well on wild currants.) But with some practice, this huckleberry tool will work on
other roundies, with not quite as much advantage. For example, most blueberries tend to hang in
clumps... makes them just a bit harder to keep some from popping out of any kind of picker (and easier
to pick by hand, than huckleberries). Plus there is often a large percentage of green berries in a
clump... so waiting until most of the fruits are ripe is important. With elderberries, not only are the
berries in clumps, but the bushes tend to be VERY tall, so the biggest problem was raking over your
head... with berries flying everywhere. Takes a little practice to make these effective. I have gotten
VERY positive feedback about the rakes for picking cranberries and pie cherries. Good, but not gushing,
response from blueberry pickers in Michigan who say that the wire tine model works best. A guy in
Canada is trying out the huck picker on large patches of Saskatoons (aka June berries, service
berries, sarvis berries, prairie berries) this year, but the preliminary feedback is positive.
Please let me know of any successes or failures you experience with other species (e.g. cranberries)
... regardless, these tools do a FANTASTIC job with common huckleberry and bilberry species found in
Idaho, Montana, California, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alberta. We are also
selling lots of them to England, most lower Canadian provinces, and even to states such as Michigan,
Pennsylvania, Maine, New Jersey, and the Virginia's, without getting any back, so somebody must be
using these berry pickers successfully on different species (including and especially eastern
Huckleberry Crop Forecast!
2008 was perhaps the best huckleberry crop year since 1994. And 2009 turned out to be even better. (By
contrast, 2010 was one of the WORST seasons I've ever seen.) 2011 and 2012 were decent, but not quite
up to what we expected.
We experienced a highly variable crop in 2013. Some areas got lots of snow, some were highly
deficient. We had a fairly cool and wet spring, and then some unseasonably warm weather in early
May. The last frost we got here, was the night of April 30/May1, which is good for the berry crop
(we usually get a frost a week or 10 days later, which tends to nip the buds on the current years
growth. Soooo, the crop was very good in LOCALIZED areas, and very bad in other areas, and
everything in between. We suggest scouting long and hard for good patches, before they are ripe.
UPDATE: Through August, we got a good to very good season in 2013. Good picking is patchy, as
we predicted, but lots of hucks, in lots of areas, including some areas that usually do not get
good crops. Usually, with high summer heat, the season is short, but the huckleberries seem to hang
on longer than expected.
Do some scouting, and stay on top of the situation, is our best suggestion for filling your
freezer! Oh, and with the questionable season, you DO want to invest in a huckleberry rake, as that
will make your trips MUCH more productive.
2014! We had a weird winter in much of the Pacific Northwest... not much winter until February when
it really came down, and was cold... this was good for our beloved hucks, and probably laid down
enough snow to protect the sprouts when they start budding out... late frosts in May are still a
danger. Wet weather continues into March and April, so... ground should be moist to support berry
growth, tempered by whether we get prolonged, super-hot summer weather, as we sometimes get...
HELP! I JUST WANT TO ORDER ONE O' YER HUCKLEBERRY
So, what do serious "huckleberry hounds" say about Huckleberry RAKES?
IDAHO REAL ESTATE INVESTOR
LOVES HUCKLEBERRY RAKES!
Real Estate Investor and Huckleberry Pickin'
"Picking huckleberries is MUCH easier with huckleberry 'rakes'
plus I don't end up with splotchy purple fingers!
"Most people can pick for 3 or 4 hours before they get tired,
and come home with maybe one -- or if they are really fast -- two gallons
of huckleberries. With a well designed huckleberry rake,
I come home with up to ten or eleven gallons
in that same amount of time.
Even if the berries are crappy [not very thick or very big],
I can still get 4 to 6 gallons.
"A huckleberry rake
pays for itself, several times over,
the first time you use it!
"And with practice, you can make a nice little side
during huckleberry season (or longer if you own a freezer) --
or like me, keep them all for yourself,
and a few birthday and holiday gifts to friends!
Disclaimer: Roy is an
experienced huckleberry picker.
Your personal results with huckleberry rakes may vary
depending upon level of frustration tolerance, current medications,
mosquito population, and whether you remembered toilet paper!
(I know I am not very funny, but I try sooo
Below is a brief video clip of
Roy using a huckleberry rake near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. As you can see, this is NOT hard work. Although Roy
makes it look a little easier than it is, when you are starting out. The video gives you a feel for
how to use both hands in tandem to pick most effectively. Towards the end of the clip, you will see a
huckleberry branch that gets bound up... Roy just backs it out with his other hand, to avoid stripping the
stem of leaves -- which would of course, also end up in your bucket:
Huckleberry Rakes Field Testing!
In 2007, we went out and purchased EVERY huckleberry or blueberry "rake" model we could find. And
when huckleberry season rolled around, we went out and field tested all nine.
Some were heavy. Some were light. Some were works of rustic, backcountry art... tributes to the
handiwork skills of rural craftspeople. Some were DANGEROUS -- pointy tines, that could impale someone - seriously!
Some were made from "parts" that are no longer available. Some came in one color or finish, while others came
painted in choice of yellow, purple, or green. In aggregate, they ranged in price from $25 to $65 -- most were in
the $40 to $50 range... plus shipping and handling.
And believe it or not, one of the more interesting huckleberry rakes was not even available online!
You had to mail them a check, and two or three weeks later, there it came. I had no doubt those people were honest,
but doggone... best to order early!
Most rakes WERE for sale online... but for three of these "web site" models ... no shopping cart!
They did not take credit cards -- online OR offline! Again, you called and left a message, waited for a call-back,
waited again for another call-back with the shipping amount, mailed a check, and a week to ten days later, your
picking tool arrived.
One welding company in eastern Washington state, reputed to make huckleberry rakes, never did
returned multiple phone calls.
If you ever shopped online for a huckleberry rake prior to today, you probably know what I am
Anyway, after our field trials, where we took each picker and played around with wrist action,
weight, raking efficiency, and safety, we came up with two models that were CLEARLY superior.
One is the model we are offering for sale from the links on this page. The other, actually, is no
longer for sale -- and has not been for some time. We only knew about it because a friend of mine, who is a serial
huckleberry plunderer, had a couple of the picking tools in his bag of huckleberry tricks, and loaned me one for
the field trials.
Apparently, this other design was sold for several years by an older gentleman around Spokane,
Washington, at farmers markets and similar venues. The tines were make of thin welding rods, perfectly spaced, and
the "well" was made from a rounded square, aluminum, Hormel ham can... if you are old enough to remember those.
(If anyone knows who this person was, please
send contact information our direction, as I would like to meet him,
and shake his hand, if he is still with us.)
And now, the descriptive moment you've been waiting for! (Please imagine hearing a drum roll,
as I do not know enough about online technology to make a drum roll audio sound happen on a web page.)
THE HUCKLEBERRY PICKING TOOL SOLUTION!
We went out and found the manufacturer of our winning entry, purchased a large volume of inventory
(now up to three pallet loads at a time), and are making that model available for your huckleberry picking
Let's go over why our huckleberry rakes BEAT OUT the rest of the competition, hands down!:
- With an extremely light weight of 14.1 ounces, the average person could pick for hours with no
or little wrist soreness. Tied for lightest weight, due to construction materials and design, of all
- The handle just feels ... PERFECT! I don't know how else to say it. ALL of the
other models use a standard type of handle you might find in a hardware store... but this
one just FITS your hand, comfortably, regardless of the size of your hand.
- ERGONOMIC DESIGN... you know, I am not completely sure what that means. But if you play with this tool, in
the first two seconds, you know this product was MADE to encourage your wrist to make short, soft, but crisp
strokes. The rakes sway backward and forward naturally, as your wrist rolls gently back and
- Several of the huckleberry rakes did not offer much of a "well" or reservoir -- used for holding
huckleberries inside the picker, until you dump the load into a larger container. For others (including one
model, where a coffee can was the primary foundation), the well was WAY too big to be practical. Huckleberries
add a lot of weight - about 4 or 5 ounces per cup - and really slow down your wrist motion as the rake fills.
This is the "Goldilocks" feature of THE models we offer you... the reservoir size is "Just
Right!" After 2 to 4 cups of huckleberries (which doubles the weight of the tool in your hand),
you are "full" and need to invert and pour into your larger "holding" container. (And as a bonus to your
purchase, we will recommend a specific type of field container perfectly designed for dumping huckleberries
into! You will find the info on a web site, listed on the side of your rake, when it arrives!)
STILL MORE 'HUCKLEBERRY RAKE' FEATURES!
- As you may have asked yourself by now... what happens to the berries already IN your huckleberry tool
reservoir, when you are raking back and forth? Do the berries roll back out? Again, some of the rakes DO, and
some do NOT, offer an "anti-backwash" feature. Usually this is a "mini-wall" located just a little ways behind
the front tips of the teeth or tines, and coming half-way across the opening into the well, and angled
back to allow huckleberries to roll in... but not out. And of course, THE huckleberry rakes featured
on this page, offer that cool feature.
- Pricing! A big relief...this was the LEAST EXPENSIVE model, of all the huckleberry rakes
we tested. Makes our job SOOOO much easier, if we can save you money, along with the superior
- Rounded tines do the LEAST potential damage to huckleberry bushes! While the plants will
drop leaves anyway, within a couple weeks to a couple months, after you pick... no point in ripping the leaves,
or scratching the thin bark on the branch tips.
- The wire tines (or teeth) are PERFECTLY spaced for huckleberries, on the winning model. AND with rounded
points on the tines, this was the SAFEST of all the huckleberry rake designs we tested.
By far! Some of the other good designs used small diameter welding rods, which, while not dangerous, still
required a little caution. Others had long, sharpened steel points... nasty!
- One feature the winning rake had, that NO OTHER PICKING TOOL came with, was an underside of well spaced
wires (part of the tine design - see above), to keep huckleberries in -- and let the leaves fall
out. You do collect a fair amount of leaves using a huckleberry rake (but fewer as you gain
experience). With the open bottom feature, you can "shake the rake" (hey, I'm a poet!... although not a very
good one) and let leaves fall out... you won't get them all out, but it helps!
NOTE: WE WILL NOT BE
THE PLASTIC TINE
VERSION BELOW IN 2014!
- The alternative version, with the plastic tines (NO LONGER AVAILABLE), does not offer as much open space on the underside of the
rake, so is not effective for shaking out leaves. However, pickers in some areas report this model is
better for patches with very small berries (less likely to fall through), such as those found in Wyoming
and southeast Idaho, near the Utah border. Also, at 10.6 ounces, this model is a whopping 3.5 ounces
(24.8%) lighter than even the wire model... great for young-uns, those with smaller wrists, and for LONG
picking days. We tried out this version in our original field testing in 2007, and could detect no
difference in performance, compared to the metal wire tine version. And, we are
told by a customer, that the plastic tine model is dishwasher safe, as well! (Thanks to Austin Morse, of Whitefish, Montana, for passing along that little
tidbit!... Austin, did you enjoy the huckleberry coffee I sent as a thank
- I do want to point out that the blueberry fanatics do say the wire tine version works better, which does
not surprise me. The metal tines just do a better job pulling through clumps.
- Just one more note on the difference between the metal wire versus stiff plastic tines... I actually prefer
the "feel" of the rake with plastic tines while raking just slightly over the wire tine model. And since the
plastic is slightly more giving, if you are raking with a light touch (and I hope you are) it seems to be a bit
easier to back out, away from leaves, if you start to snag up. Of course, the more pliable plastic teeth are
just a bit more likely to fling a berry over the top of the tool... definitely annoying. The wire model does
feel a bit more sturdy. Anyway, two good choices, many people get one of each, and develop a preference over
time. Most people prefer the wire tine rake, but one person ordered one of each, and returned the WIRE rake
(and kept the plastic one). So obviously they are both quite functional.
So, we bring you THE PERFECT RAKE, eh?
Not so fast! We must be honest. One feature that some of the other picking tools came with, was a "shield" built
above the front opening of the reservoir, just in front of the handle. Sometimes when you rake, those doggone
little round berries will pop into the air a bit, and fly right over the top of your picker. Annoying as all get
out! Prepare to turn the air around you a bit blue, as you voice your displeasure!
Our model does not offer this feature, we apologize. For the models that did offer a shield, most of those
wayward huckleberries would hit the shield, and roll down into the well. Since our model does not come with a
shield, it does behoove you to rake with the picker a bit more slowly... which is a GOOD THING. You are
less likely to damage the huckleberry bush!
(But, if you want one of those four-pound coffee-can picking rakes - WITH a shield - that
will hold another whoppin' four pounds of huckleberries, contact us and we will send you their direction. But get
out your checkbook -- kinda pricey! And if you can handle that rake for three hours of picking, remind me to
NOT shake your hand...)
So, this rake wins. But it's not perfect, nothing is. But we are absolutely SURE we discovered,
and are making available to you, the BEST huckleberry picking solution on planet earth (not even counting the
favorable pricing)... or we will cheerfully refund your money, no questions asked!
ENOUGH ALREADY, SHOW ME THE SHOPPING
What Do Past Customers Say About the HUCKLEBERRY
Thank you for your prompt response to my order!
I tested your (huckleberry rake) product
and found it everything you said it would
We bumped into one of our neighbors
at the post office
and told him how well the rake works.
[He] wanted the web address, so I think
you will be getting another order shortly.
I am looking forward to reviewing your demo videos,
but I already picked a gallon of
on my first outing.
George (and ViAnne)
They (the rakes) are
Everybody loves them!
My sister-in-law loaned hers to a neighbor
and then all the other neighbors borrowed it.
I'm sure you will be getting more orders.
I also showed it to my local nursery and he is interested in ordering
for next year's season....”
Little River, California
I purchased your rake last
and headed up behind Wallace,
Idaho to do some picking.
I recommend this (huckleberry rake) to anyone ... to
make picking berries more enjoyable and A LOT
Plus it does no damage to
the bush! You have perfected this product ten fold. Thank you!
Just purchased a rake from you a week ago.
It works great, a little more leaves and sticks,
but way more berries! I really am getting
3-4 times the amount of berries
in the same time frame as
Thanks for a good product!
A great big THANK YOU!!!
I ordered my two huckleberry rakes (late) Friday
they were shipped Saturday,
and I got them today, Monday!
Awesome!!!! I can still
use them on this year's crop!
Thank you so very much for the
expedited service. Greatly appreciated!
The HUCKLEBERRY RAKE special offer -- here is what you
At $24.95 per rake, you are getting the lowest price huckleberry picking tool among the nine we tested. And we are
holding the price steady for this last year in 2014... next year, the price will go up. That's about what a HALF
GALLON of huckleberries costs, during picking season... IF you can find any to buy! You will recover the
cost of your rake in the FIRST HOUR OR TWO OF PICKING... even if you are a newbie!
We ship via Priority Mail, and shipments usually go out within two business days, guaranteed
during huckleberry season, so your rakes are in your hand quickly. Priority Mail from our location in North Central
Idaho, is tyically one day to Idaho locations north of Riggins, and to eastern Washington state. Two
days to southern Idaho, Montana, Oregon, western Washington, and up to three or four days
for most of the remaining US. To be safe, please add a day to these estimates (sometimes it takes the US Postal Service THREE days just to get a rake to the other end of our
own state!) But we will always do the best we can! (Additional note, orders of more than six rakes
are may sent via FedEx Ground...let is know if you have a preference on larger orders!)
I like how prompt you are in shipping;
it makes a lot of difference to me!
(Shipments to Idaho addresses... do not forget -- 6% sales tax will be added to
the total; the governor gets cranky if we don't collect.)
$8.95 to Idaho and neighboring states of Montana, Washington, and Oregon. To other states, the price slowly rises
to 10.95 and then up to a maximum of $15.95 to the lower 48, or $19.95 to Alaska or Hawaii... (sorry, the
Post Office charges more for longer distances, so we adjusted for that!)
But, since we ship flat rate,
SHIPPING IS FREE (no extra charge) on your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th
(or more) rakes (but not on the entire order, sorry)
to the same shipping address! Outfit your spouse or even the entire family, along with your camping,
fishing, or hunting buddies.
Shipping has gone up a lot in the last couple years, but we are holding steady with flat rate (we often lose
money on shipping, if you order four or more in one shipment).
Or introduce newbies to the art and sport of huckleberry picking! (HAH! Almost as good as snipe
(PS International Priority Mail shipping is flat rate $35 to Canada, $53 to United
Kingdom... three rakes max per international shipment. Paperwork gets voluminous, and
customs fees go up significantly, on international shipments over four pounds. International orders over three
rakes are sent in additional parcels, and you will be billed for additional shipping.)
We take all four major credit cards, via secure server. Paypal is our processor, but you do not need to be a PayPal member to purchase online; just look
for the link that says "Use a credit card", or something similar).
AND, for a limited time, we are offering the following bonuses:
- A free report on how to use your huckleberry rakes for MAXIMUM efficiency.
Get the most berries, with the fewest leaves, and avoid newbie mistakes that might damage a huckleberry plant.
Find the report at the web site URL mentioned on the side of your huckleberry rake when it arrives.
- My own personal tip sheet, including more photos and videos, based on years of
huckleberry picking, for other tools and materials you want to take along when chasing wild huckleberries. I
even have video of the best way to clean huckleberries. Plus the "care and feeding" of your valuable
huckleberries for highest quality and even "ease of use", while using them in recipes throughout the year! You
will find the tip sheet online, at the same web site as the FREE REPORT, above.
- Short demonstrations videos of a seasoned huckleberry picker from Clark Fork, Idaho, using a huckleberry
picking rake for the VERY FIRST TIME! And now, videos of an experienced "huckleberry hound" who's used rakes
for YEARS! (Yup, same web site as above).
- Every year, we also offer a discount on huckleberry specialty products from our three
gourmet food web sites, to all huckleberry rake customers who provide us with an email address ... stay
- A FREE huckleberry lip balm (one for each rake!) with our compliments, to
protect your lips while out picking in the hot dry weather! (Or, it makes a great gift for your spouse...
aren't you the thoughtful one!) Sometimes we add something else too, like a postcard with a
huckleberry pie recipe, if we have them in stock.
- One FREE huckleberry pie postcard with EACH ORDER!
PLUS: Our absolute, no wiggle room,
swear with our hand on a huckleberry cookbook,
When your huckleberry rake arrives, go online and read our tip sheet and free report, watch the demo videos,
and go out and give it a whirl! If you do not feel you paid for the rake, TIMES TWO, with the EXTRA huckleberries
you picked on your first outing, send it back, and we will immediately refund your original
investment (including shipping!). AND, to partly compensate you for any inconvenience, we will send you a
huckleberry coffee, good for one full pot, with our compliments! (Or if you'd rather, and are not a coffee drinker,
another huckleberry lip balm -- or wild cherry, if we've run out of the huckleberry balms!)
PS We used to brag that among hundreds of customers, we had YET to get EVEN ONE refund request
on our unconditional guarantee! (Note that is not a challenge...;-) However, all good things come to an end. In
June 2009 someone from Texas actually did send back their rakes ... in mint condition, at which time we cheerfully
refunded their original invoice in full. They tried them on blueberries, which ripen in clumps, and felt they got
too many green berries, so went back to hand picking. This is always a problem when using a rake or picking
device... you need to wait until most of the little fruits are ripe, as the tines do not discriminate based on
In July of 2009, we also got an order back from eastern Idaho, a gentleman with fast fingers who simply
preferred picking berries by hand, and was in no hurry to fill his buckets. Again, the credit card charge was
immediately reversed in full. (And both got to keep their lip balms, but turned down our kind offer of a thank you
gift of huckleberry coffee just for trying the rakes -- neither customer drank coffee - go figure!!!... although
one did accept another lip balm by mail!)
In August, we got back two WELL USED rakes from Montana, AFTER huck season, with no explanation, cheerfully
refunded in full. And in September, someone from Kalispell, Montana returned a wire tine rake, and kept their
plastic tine model (go figure!). We re-imbursed the full price on the metal model, plus half of the shipping. They
emailed us a very warm thank you!
Thank you for your assistance with this refund. May God bless you ~ Susan Rodwick
But as we now exceed 2000 happy online customers since we started marketing these fine huckleberry picking tools
in July of 2008, only five refunds (well, 4 1/2 actually) is pretty darn good, if I do say so myself!
I especially want to mention that many people are concerned when they order, that the rakes will damage the
plants. There are a lot of "urban myths" out there about how these rakes are the kiss of death. Some people even
get livid and demeaning about the issue. I can assure you of three things:
- I would NOT be selling these if they damaged my beloved huckleberries!
- Commercial blueberry growers have used rakes for decades... if they damaged the plants, do you think they
would keep using them?
- Not a single person who was concerned about damage to the plants has returned a rake... do the math!
- I have YET to meet a single person who says they damage plants, who HAS ACTUALLY USED A HUCKLEBERRY
Much more often, fortunately, people order one tool to start, then after field testing come back for additional
huckleberry rakes for a spouse, extended family, friends, social groups -- and a large family and a church group,
both ordered a full case of 12!
During our first year offering these specialty instruments, we found they are VERY popular as holiday and
birthday gifts! If there is a huckleberry fanatic on your gift list, consider gifting something out of the
ordinary, with tremendous utilitarian value -- a huckleberry rake. WE DROP SHIP DIRECT TO YOUR GIFT RECIPIENT FOR
NO EXTRA CHARGE!
WHEN SENDING A RAKE AS A GIFT, just remember to put YOUR name and CREDIT CARD BILLING statement
address in the BILLING address section, and your lucky gift recipient's postal
address in the SHIPPING address section. Also, a free gift card will be included at your request...
just fill out the message you want on the card, in the comments or special instructions section, with a TO: and
FROM:, and we will do the rest! (Fortunately, my wife's handwriting is better than mine... DO NOT BE
HUCKLEBERRY SEASON ONLY COMES ONCE A YEAR! ACT
As I update the site, huckleberry season is fast approaching for 2013. The huckleberry crop was sensational in
most states in 2008 and even better in 2009! (2010 sucked, frankly, one of the worst I ever saw, and I predicted
the pitiful crop. 2011 and 2012 were so-so.)
In 2011, forecasts were WONDERFUL! Good snow cover, and spring was late, so flowering plants were protected from
late frosts. Unfortunately, the cool, wet spring lasted forever, so berries were not ripening. Then, in a blink,
weather turned hot and VERY dry - which the berries did not like... fruits were small, and the season was very
short. Good crops were spotty. Huckleberries at the higher elevations never seemed to ripen at all. So the
mountains of green berries we had June 1, never turned into the great season we anticipated in 2011.
This year looks highly variable... fairly cool spring, then a short unseasonably warm early May... the only nice
thing is that the hot weather seems to be bringing more moisture, thunderstorms etc.. so we might be in good
PS Crop reports appreciated! Go to the Contact page at the bottom, and let us know!
Get a rake and take advantage of the season which is coming on fast... the thicker the berries, the higher the
multiple of berries you get with rakes, over hand picking. Click on the link below and order
now! PS Rake supplies ARE limited for 2013!
Malcolm & Sandy
Gourmet Innovations LLC
Tastes of Idaho
Idaho Redneck Gifts
Gold Mountain Gourmet
PS SPECIAL BONUS! For everyone who buys a huckleberry rake online and supplies an email
address, we now offer FREE access to the International WILD HUCKLEBERRY Association blog!
Share recipes, and photos of your huckleberries and huckleberry picking adventures. Get reviews of huckleberry
cookbooks, and discounts on gourmet huckleberry goodies and jam making supplies... even discover secrets about the
history and ecology of huckleberries (unknown facts that may help you find more huckleberries on your next outing!)
Also, articles with tips and tactics on cleaning, and making huckleberry jam and syrup. Even discover the
secret of how to GROW huckleberries (yes, it CAN be done) -- the University of Idaho perfected this
technique years ago, and offers a short (and free!) PDF publication on this secret!
Click NOW on the link below, to order your HUCKLEBERRY
MY HUCKLEBERRY RAKES!
My Tastebuds are TINGLING...
(and my eyes are sore from all this reading!)"