Boysenberries, related to the blackberry,  are large, round droplet berries with a tart undertone and deep purple hue.  Mainly grown in the Northwestern region of the United States, the boysenberry makes the perfect snack or topping on pancakes.  They are also commonly incorporated into jams, preserves and syrups.
Behind the painting, “The Art of Healthy Berries”:
Mary’s Peak, Black Butte, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood are featured in many of my paintings.  There is a glorious relationship between the mountains and their valleys. The Coastal Mountain range and the Cascade Mountain range form the two walls to the Willamette Valley. The rich soils, clean and flavorful water, and mild growing climate allow us to grow some of the best fruits and vegetables in the world. Our boysenberries are among my favorite fruits.  Consumers often take the time to write to us about our flavorful, plump berries.  I always love reading these correspondences. As a farmer, I know that when we let Mother Nature decide when to harvest, our berries are absolutely perfect. I painted “The Art of Healthy Berries,” featuring the mountains in the background with the movement of the berry rows and the lovely color of ripe fruit. – Karla S. Chambers, Artist & Co-owner of Stahlbush Island Farms