Berry picking- NWT style

One of my favourite things about fall in the north are all the pumpkin spiced lattes. Just kidding. We  don’t have a Starbucks.

For real, one of the most fun things is being outside in the beautiful coloured trees and soaking up the fresh air before the snow flies. When I first heard about cranberry picking, I was confused. Didn’t those things only grow in a bog? Like Ocean Spray cranberry juice ads? Apparently, there is a northern cranberry that grows on the ground! Hooray! A fall activity that us northern folk can participate in.

Every ‘knifer has a secret ‘spot’ to pick berries. I was lucky enough to be privy to a spot close-ish to Yellowknife that an elder told a coworker of mine. My class and I (with other adults) took on cranberry picking a few weeks ago at this location and it was a cranberry landmine. I have since gone back twice more- and willing to go again if there are any takers! 

My cranberry action plan this year is make cranberry sauce! I have a fail proof recipe (thanks HW!) and here it is… all 4 ingredients!

  • 3 cups cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar (i know….)
  • small orange chopped finely

Bring to a boil until the cranberries pop (about ten minutes). Add a little bit of corn starch if necessary. 

Could a recipe be any easier?! Happy Fall and enjoy all your fun outdoor activities!

P.S. I wrote this a few weeks ago and it’s no longer fall in Yellowknife. There has been a light dusting of snow all weekend, so I guess my berry picking days are done for another year. Made killer cranberry sauce this weekend for Thanksgiving though!


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