Strawberries are a big deal in Portland. In the past couple of weeks there have been huge adverts up outside grocery stores, at farmers markets and inside newspapers telling us that ‘the berries are in’. Strawberries in season: what better sign of summer is there?
I’m a fresh strawberry fan so I have already enjoyed quite a number of this year’s ripe, sweet red treats. In England too, my home country, there is much excitement when local strawberries hit the shelves and pop up in our yards.
So what has this got to do with the Pearl? Well, did you know that not only can you buy pints of strawberries here, they can be found growing in the Pearl too? Look closely in Tanner Springs Park and you might catch a glimpse of these wild summer stars thriving amongst the wildflowers. (You will also find plenty of blueberries too!)
To celebrate my strawberries-in-the-city sighting and to really get me ready for summer, I treated myself to a strawberry sorbet. And where else would I enjoy it but in one of the Pearl’s other popular sunshine spots, Jamison Park. I didn’t see any strawberries growing there but the delicious taste of the sorbet meant that I could imagine being sat in the middle of a strawberry patch.
by Laura Farrar
Zimmerman Community Center gives people a chance to get their hands dirty! Isobel’s Garden is growing into its new space at NW 14th and Raleigh. A dozen raised garden beds are cared for by as many families, and our community support from Hoyt Street Properties and Keen Footwear is invaluable. Seasoned volunteer Sarah Iskowitz is coordinating the new space. Meanwhile, Northwest Community Garden has been abloom for nearly a decade. For information on both, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Zimmerman Community Center Dance Party, held on April 7, raised nearly $9,000 to support our After School Program, A.S.A.P. We continue to welcome generous underwriting from individuals and businesses to make high quality, affordable childcare available. Only $210 provides full support for one month of after school care. Get in touch with Kris Moore at email@example.com to join in this important venture.