POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 6/6/2019
The Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America is reaching out to nearly 300 farms that grow saskatoons for sale. These farms are located throughout Canada and the United States. With the results of this survey the Institute expects to identify: 1) industry wide production expectations for 2019, 2) existing distribution options for harvested saskatoons, 3) issues that most challenge growers, and 4) changes regarding industry players and production since our last survey in 2015. The outcome will be a report entitled The State of the Saskatoon Berry Industry, 2019.
Each grower that completes and submits their survey will receive a copy of the complied report.
The deadline for farms to participate in the Saskatoon Growers Survey is Saturday, June 8, 2019.
2019 is shaping up to be a bumper crop for saskatoons. We have not yet received any reports of crop loss due to weather or other naturally occurring conditions.
If you are a grower, and have not yet received the survey, please click on Contact Us and request a copy of the survey. Please be sure to include your e-mail address in your communication.
If you are a consumer, and hope to acquire some saskatoons of your own later this summer, please click on Calendar to find a listing, by date, of availability in your area. Please note that many of our Institute members will not post their status until about 2 weeks before their fruit is ripe, so you may need to check in every week or two until your region has ripening fruit. Ripening dates vary by geographic region, so it would be unusual to see all growers posted on the same dates. Generally fruit is available in more southern areas as soon as early July, and in more northerly climates as late as mid-August.
About Saskatoons (also called Juneberries or Pacific serviceberries in some locations): Saskatoons (sometimes with the addition of the word berries) are a fruit that comes from Amelanchier alnifolia plants. While some suggest that saskatoons look like blueberries, they are actually a unique fruit with a very dark purple color (high in antioxidants), more firm that many berries, with a tangier, almost nutty taste. Saskatoons are part of the Rosaceae family. Its close relatives include many common fruits such as apples, plums, cherries, apricots and almonds. Saskatoons are great to eat fresh as well as baked. Some of the harvest is used to infuse wine and other alcoholic beverages. While hard to find in processed forms, they are also sought after in juice and powder forms. In some locations consumers buy find them frozen as well as dried.
About The Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America: SBINA is an educational organization, both for growers and consumers. We neither buy or sell fruit or plants. Our goal is to see greater crop availability leading to more saskatoons being enjoyed throughout North America.
POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/9/2018
Some Michigan U-Pick locations are already finished for 2018 due to this summer’s heat. Others may only make it another week or so.
If you have not yet picked a date for picking, and you are serious about getting some berries this year, please make plans soon.
To see which Institute members are still open for U-Pick this year, click on the Events tab at the top of this page, where you can see a calendar which provides hours and mapping information.
POSTED IN For Consumers ON 6/26/2018
Click on the Events tab (at the top of the page) to see a calendar display of where you can pick fresh fruit during the month of July!
Our members report their hours to help you find the best in fresh fruit.
POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 6/23/2018
Well, the weather appears to have been helpful for saskatoons as well as other seasonal fruit.
First off, at least some farms are seeing their fruit come in earlier than last year! Check out our directory for U-Pick locations, and by the end of this week the calendar on our website should also include actual hours for U-Pick for our members.
Secondly, a new dreaded pest seems to have been kept at bay. While Spotted Wing Drosophila (one of the newer fruit flies in the North America) had very little impact on saskatoons for most farms last year, Michigan State University reports that their development is even father behind schedule than last year, apparently related to weather. For more on that, follow this link:
So plan ahead! Figure out how you can get your fresh fruit before it runs out! Last year the season, for many growers, was only about three weeks long, and much of the fruit was picked before the end of the second week. Best wishes to you all in getting your 2018 supply in a timely fashion, and enjoying saskatoons fresh, and in so many yummy recipes!
POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers ON 2/9/2018
You have heard of blockchain, right?
The best known blockchain is Bitcoin, but this is NOT a get rich quick blog.
The concept of Blockchain provides a resource to have access to a lot of information that you wished you could have had in the past. For instance, when you bought that lug of blueberries, did you wonder if they all came from the same source? Did you think about the fact they could have been allowed to warm up during shipping? Did you wish you knew what day that they were picked? The world is getting closer to providing these answers and many more.
Consumers will, for the most part, be thrilled, but what about the growers? Well, in this case, if you are hoping to work with other growers for a bulk order going to a major processor, you will be thrilled too.
This article, from Modern Farmer, lays out more detail on how Blockchain (even totally separated from financial transactions) will be a big help, but will also change the way we farm every day:
POSTED IN For Consumers ON 1/11/2018
Hey fans, here is a recipe that practically makes itself, and brings you yummy, warm food for these cold winter mornings!
Catch the recipe and the video at:
If you are ready to try this out, please let us know, and we will see what we can do to come join you!
POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/12/2017
Many members of the Institute that offer U-Pick are saying that the opportunity to pick saskatoons may be over within the next 5-7 days.
It may not be too late, yet.
South Island Saskatoons in Victoria Island, BC reports that they still have fruit ready to pick, but not for much longer.
Jacobs Farm in Traverse City, MI has fruit left on the bush as this post is being written, but much of that will be gone by the end of this coming weekend.
POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/2/2017
UPDATE: Saskatoon Michigan reports that business has been very good and their fresh fruit is now depleted. So they will have no more fresh fruit to sell at the Elk Rapids Farmers market until 2018.
Saskatoon Michigan has a booth at the Elk Rapids Farmers Market, which is open Fridays from 8:00 – Noon.
Fresh berries will last only a few weeks.
Other available products include saskatoon jam and saskatoon pie filling.
Whichever form you prefer, saskatoons are unique, healthy and refreshing.
POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/2/2017
Stop by and see us! Pick a pint or a while pale! Bring the kids. Fun for the whole family!
Open from sunrise to sunset.
We have some strawberries left too, and the raspberries will be ready soon.
The saskatoons will only be here for about 3 weeks, so don’t delay.
POSTED IN For Consumers ON 6/23/2017
We have our first report of U-Pick hours for saskatoons! Saskatoon Michigan, in Northern Michigan, is the first to be ready for you to come pick fresh saskatoons. The season may last only about 3 weeks, so make your plans now!
Learn more at: http://saskatoonberryinstitute.org/sbi-events/saskatoon-michigan-u-pick-open/