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It's rare that you'll hear me touting the virtues of invasive plants.  Very rare. But during this time of year, I'm willing to make one exception.  In late June or early July, the wineberries (Rubus phoenicolasius) are out in full force, and if you can find them when they're ripe, they're an exquisite, locally-grown, organic (most likely) treat.

Whether popping them in your mouth by the handful, or putting them on top of an ice cream sundae, these deep red berries are sweet relief in the dog days of summer. As a rule, the darker the berries, the riper (and sweeter) they are.  

Wineberry bushes are often found at the edge of disturbed forests, or along road edges where they haven't been completely shaded out.   A visit to one of our local parks late last week confirmed that now is the time to go out and start harvesting if you're a fan of these juicy treats.

Eating the berries yourself has the added environmental benefit of keeping those seed-laden morsels from wildlife who have helped to spread the invasive plant far and wide through their droppings.

 Disclaimer: Before you eat any wild fruits or berries, please make sure that you have properly identified them.   It is possible to get sick (or worse) from eating poisonous plant parts.

Meet our team

  • Meet our team set 1
    Liz BuxtonExecutive DirectorA native of Tidewater, Virginia, Liz has more than 15 years experience leading conservation non-profit organizations and government agencies... Read More
    Jennifer Carr
    Jennifer CarrDirector, Watershed Restoration & Grants Jennifer graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Geography and a ... Read More
    Jesse Iliff
    Jesse IliffSouth RIVERKEEPERJesse Iliff is an attorney who obtained his juris doctor with a certificate of concentration in environmental law from the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law... Read More
    Denise Swol
    Denise SwolDevelopment CoordinatorDenise has her masters in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins and a bachelors from Florida State University in Geography. Her career has mostly been in the education community... Read More
  • Meet our team set 2
    Nancy Merrill SullivanCoordinator, Volunteer and Outreach ProgramNancy Merrill Sullivan is a recent transplant to the shores of the South River although she grew up as a river rat on the nearby Severn River ... Read More
    David LanierRestoration TechnicianDavid Lanier is a recent graduate from Towson University, where he earned a degree in environmental studies with a focus on policy and management ... Read More
    Francesca KingProgram AssistantFrancesca joined the federation in October 2017. She has previously worked in campaigns and environmental education... Read More
    Sarah GiordanoEnvironmental ScientisttSarah Giordano signed on as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer after graduating from Washington College ... Read More
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    Shayna KellerChesapeake Conservation Corps MemberShayna Keller graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 2017, where she earned a degree in marine science ... Read More

News & Events

  • Watershed Watch Newsletter 07-01-2017

    South River Federation Newsletter Watershed Watch is the quarterly newsletter of the South River...