Great Huckleberry Season in Montana
With the huckleberry in full swing in the northern Rocky region, folks are reporting a great huckleberry season in Montana!
In contrast to the 2015, where the meager crop was very poor due to the lack of snow pack and/or spring rains. The few berries were on the bushes dried up on the branches during the very hot, dry picking season.
Here are some of the reports coming in this season from the Kalispell, Montana area:
… When we were on our way to Huckleberry Heaven yesterday afternoon (pictured above and at 4,800 feet elevation and that’s all I’m telling), we passed a car on the road. I noticed the driver gave a sort of “truck driver” wave. That’s usually just one finger raised above the steering wheel.
Maybe this guy didn’t exactly have the pure truck-driver wave cuz Bill said his fingers were purple.
Now, I’m not so sure Bill saw his fingers that closely, but the observation could have been correct because this morning I’ve got the fingers to verify that there were, indeed, ripe, juicy huckleberries in them thar woods….
… We’re right in the middle of huckleberry season. Thanks to low gas prices and the National Park Service’s centennial celebration, tourism has been fantastic for the Flathead Valley.
MTN News caught up with Huckleberry Haven owner Edward Springman too see how things are going. He says this has been a record year for his business and that the huckleberries have arrived early for this season, as well.
“It’s probably the second earliest. I’ve seen berries coming in early the last couple weeks or so; the nice mild spring with early, warm temperatures we had a month or so ago really helped out.”
He says the demands are great and the retailers are asking for more….