Since the blackberries are quite ripe in the Willamette Valley, I was hoping for a fruit break on yesterday's 200 km ride in the O&C lands that lie between here and the coast. Unfortunately, there were only blossoms and green fruit. I did find a few salmon berries, though. They're not very sweet but have a nice taste.
When I lived in the Sacramento Valley, I often stopped for apricots, peaches, figs, plums, apples and grapes at various places. If I was riding with a friend who worked at the U.C. Davis strawberry fields, we would pick a few from plots he knew to be safe. We would occasionally pick olives along the bike path. When the path out of town was cluttered with walnuts we would shoot them at each other with our tires. Those walnut trees were planted many generations ago by the local women's auxiliaries so that they could have shade on their Sunday carriage rides.