Sidetrack’s raspberry liqueur.

Larry and Linda Person grow berries in Kent at Lazy River Farm, formerly a u-pick attraction. And now—along with nephew David O’Neal—they’re getting into the booze game, making raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, and blackberry liqueurs as well as strawberry and blueberry brandies from fruit grown on the property.

The liqueur recipe, says Linda, was developed by trial and error. "We start with a certain amount of berries and a certain amount of alcohol and then we add more as needed," she said. The Persons add very little sugar to their concoctions, aiming to bring out the flavor of the fruit first.

The Persons hope to open Sidetrack’s tasting room in the next couple of weeks (I’ll let you know). Linda said she’s planning to start with weekend hours and see what sort of response Sidetrack gets. The products will also be available by special order through liquor stores.

Lazy River Farm is located at 27010 78th Avenue South in Kent.

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