Are You Forward Thinking?

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers ON 11/3/2015

The colors are brilliant. The air is crisp. The nights are longer. Fall Colors Soon the snow will fall, and then the holidays. Yup, spring is just around the corner. Are you thinking about planting saskatoon berries next year? This industry needs more growers to meet current demand. Whether you would grow for fun or profit, this is the time to place orders for next year. If you wait to place orders next summer, you will lose yet another year. Act now to have fruit of your own sooner! This is not to say that you can plant a bush, wait a few weeks, and have saskatoon berries.  Most plants, even when well cared for, will not have fruit until year 3 or 4 (after that, they have been known to produce for 50 years or more). There are some options to cut your lead time.  Some nurseries will grow out your ordered plants for 1 year or 2 years, reducing the time you would need to reserve space and care for them. However your bushes will still need to winter at least one year on your site before you get fruit. So don’t wait until the right year for a harvest.  Plan ahead! There are several sources for saskatoon plants (Amelanchier alnifolia – called bushes in some places and trees in other places). Those nurseries may have varied reputations regarding plant quality, shipping, and survival rates. So do your homework. You can see our member nurseries on our directory page. You can order plants for spring or fall planting. Fall planting often provides stronger plants with less risk of disease because they have been through a season already. You will want to note how the plants are being shipped: bare root, tube or pot. If you can plant with roots already in shipping dirt, they will generally adjust more quickly to your property. Avoid the result of the sign maker who created this: Plan Ahead   Make you plan BEFORE it is time to execute, and then put it into action. If you have questions, feel free to raise them here, or contact a nursery.

Cherry Capital Foods Gives Gift Including Saskatoon Berries Following Storm

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 9/1/2015

Traverse City Record Eagle LogoIn the August 31, 2015 edition of the Traverse City Record Eagle, the following note appears in the Cheers section:

  • To Cherry Capital Foods for donating nearly $500 in food for Glen Arbor workers cleaning up after the storm this month. The donation included 24 pounds of organic green beans, 20 pounds of Saskatoon berries, organic zucchini and ground beef, 18 pounds of Balaton cherries and 15 pounds of organic broccoli.

Thank you, Cherry Capital Foods, for your thoughtfullness to care for the workers who are cleaning up the downed trees and other storm damage. For the regular readers of this blog, keep in mind that Cherry Capital Foods has frozen fruit, in stock, in 20 lb pails.

Update on Status of Saskatoon Berry U-Pick Season 2015

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/30/2015

Well folks, the fresh saskatoons are just about gone from Michigan, according to reports received from Institute members.

Here is what we have learned so far, in order of availability of saskatoons:

Cross FarmsCross Farms still has some saskatoon berries, in good shape, and will continue U-Pick through Friday, July 31st. They will also have frozen berries, which you can purchase at the farm.



Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 7.25.07 AMJacob’s Farm is just about out of berries, but still has a few. They also have other fruit still available, so they will remain open for U-Pick for some time yet.



Saskatoon MI Logo 4-color more distressedSaskatoon Michigan has no fresh fruit left, but they just made a batch of their awesome fruit filling (for pie, scones, tarts, pancakes, ice cream, cream cheese, and other good stuff like that!), Saskatoon Berry and Saskatoon Rhubarb Fruit Fillings that is available in several local specialty markets. Saskatoon Steve will also be at the Traverse City Farmers Market on Saturdays starting August 1st with the fruit filling as well as jam and saskatoon/cherry fruit leather.

The Saskatoon Berry Patch in Williamsburg is plumb out of saskatoons for this year.

There are still other U-Pick farms that have been too busy to provide updates as of this hour. We will keep you posted as other reports come in.

Do You Know How Many Saskatoon Berries Are Grown Each Year?

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/17/2015

The saskatoon berry industry expects to produce over 3 million pounds of saskatoon berries during the summer of 2015! You might wonder how many berries that is. Well, we are looking into that now. Our berry counters are working feverishly to get as accurate an answer as possible. Screen Shot 2015-07-17 at 1.49.58 PM Unfortunately some of the berries seem to fall through the cracks in this calculation process. The next question you might ask is how many of those berries are in your share. That depends on how fleet of foot you are.  While there are enough saskatoon berries for everyone in North America, some consumers appear to hoard them, while others miss out all together. The good news is that you probably have another week or so to get out to a U-Pick near you. If you don’t know where they are, some of them are listed on the Directory tab of this website. If you can’t get out to pick your own fresh berries, there are a number of stores that sell fresh, frozen and/or processed saskatoons. This blog, and the directory page can tell you more. These berries grow in northern states in the USA and in most provinces of Canada. While the bushes grow in the southern states of the USA, they will rarely have berries. We know that there are saskatoon fans in Texas who must import their fruit. While we are sorry about this situation, we assure you that this situation is not of our own making. The fruit filling and jam, however, is of our own making, and we look forward to sharing those with y’all! So don’t ride into the sunset without your super fruit! Act now and put a purple smile on your face!

Eat Like No One Else – Saskatoons in Michigan

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/10/2015

Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 8.56.12 AMEric Samuelson, of Eat Like No One Else, did a nice write-up this week about his family being introduced to saskatoon berries. The bottom line is that, though they really enjoyed their introduction, they did not buy enough fresh berries before the short season ended. You can read his blog post at: Editor’s note to Eric: Enjoy more fresh berries this summer! Then contact our members (see the Directory tab) for processed fruit products – jam, fruit filling and other products, or for frozen berries to do your own cooking. You don’t have to live without saskatoons for the remaining 11 months!

AJ’s Garden & Produce Announces Saskatoon U-Pick Hours

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/7/2015

AJ'sAJ’s Garden & Produce of Lachine, MI (near Alpena) announces Saskatoon U-Pick Hours, Monday – Saturday, 7:00 AM – Noon.

Come on out and pick your own, or buy some in their market, along with jars of saskatoon jam, and other seasonal berries.

Welcome Brix ‘n Berries!

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 6/30/2015

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 11.05.19 AMThe Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America welcomes new member (but by no means a new grower) Brix ‘n Berries of Leduc, Alberta. Brix ‘n Berries offers U-Pick, fresh and frozen fruit.

They are expecting to have sasakatoons ready to pick around the 3rd of July. Please call prior to your visit for an updated phone message on picking news. Appointments are not necessary.

U-Pick hours include:

Wednesday to Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm 
Sunday 12 – 4 pm
(Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

To learn more, click here.

Saskatoon Michigan Farm and Fruit Announces U-Pick option

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 6/29/2015

Saskatoon MI Logo 4-color more distressedSaskatoon Michigan Farm and Fruit, of Williamsburg, MI, announces that they expect saskatoon berries, read to pick, by Saturday, July 4th.

While they do not have a schedule for U-Pick, interested fruit fans can call (231) 360-0311 to schedule a U-Pick appointment.

Fruit is expected to last for 2-3 weeks after the 4th.

The Saskatoon Berry Patch Announces U-Pick Hours for 2015!

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 6/26/2015

The Saskatoon Berry Patch, in Williamsburg, MI, announces U-Pick Hours beginning on July 8th, running Wednesday – Saturday for about 3 weeks, weather permitting.

For location information, go to:

Normal hours will be 8:00 AM – 1:00 AM and 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

For schedule updates or questions regarding special circumstances, call 231-938-1776.

Saskatoon Berries Are On The Way!

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 6/24/2015

Depending on your location, saskatoon berries will be ready to pick sometime in the next few weeks. Most farms will be ready to pick sometime in the next few weeks, and the season will be mostly over by the end of July. Check out our Directory tab and search in the area around your location to find U-Picks and Farm Markets near you where you can get fresh saskatoons and/or yummy saskatoon products.berries on plants 3