At Stahlbush, we offer a variety of frozen berries. Black raspberries, red raspberries, Marion blackberries and boysenberries are all caneberries. They are called caneberries because they all grow on a cane or vine. Generally speaking there are always two berries that are growing at the same time, floricane or the flowering berries that will eventually become fruit and primocane, which will be next year’s floricane. Although they are all classified as caneberries, each one has a distinct flavor, color and purpose.
Delicate droplet berries with a complex flavor profile, red raspberries have a faint floral aroma, sweet finish and subtle tang. They have a soft red almost pink hue and a hollow core. These berries pair excellent with chocolate. They are also delicious in smoothies, snacks, baked goods and breakfast treats.
Marion Blackberries or Marionberries:
A truly Oregon berry, Marion blackberries or Marionberries were developed at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Not all blackberries are the same. In fact, the marionberry has become known in the industry as the standard of excellence. A cross between two blackberry varieties, the Marionberry has a muscular tang with undertones of vanilla and spices. Unlike raspberries, the marionberry is not hollow in the center. Marion blackberries are one of Stahlbush’s signature products. They are an excellent treat on their own or added to lemonades or sparkling water. They are also excellent in smoothies, desserts and decadent breakfasts.
Boysenberries are a cross between a red raspberry, blackberry and loganberry. Large, juicy and intense, this droplet berry has a deep purple hue with more reddish undertones than a Marionberry. Popular in the Northwestern region of the United States, the boysenberry has the perfect combination of sweet and tart making them the perfect snack or topping on pancakes. They are also commonly incorporated into jams, preserves and syrups.
Bill and Karla Chambers started Stahlbush Island Farms with two crops, a piece of land and a passion for good food. Today the couple still lives in the same house on the farm and manages the business every day. Some may call that old-fashioned; we call it a family farm.