Traverse City Oleson’s Food Stores Selling Saskatoons!

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/8/2014

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 9.52.10 AMOleson’s Plaza West and Oleson’s Plaza East both have fresh saskatoons for sale!

Check ’em out (and remember The Great Saskatoon Search Contest). Eat them fresh, or try some of the recipes that appear below in this blog.

For location information check http://www.olesonsfoods.com/storeinformation.html

Announcing The Great Saskatoon Search Contest!

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Members ON 7/8/2014

berries in handWe are hearing that saskatoons are showing up in quite a variety of places, from U-Pick to Roadside stands to Farm Markets to grocery stores to restaurants in 2014!

Can you help us find the saskatoons?

The Great Saskatoon Search Contest begins here and now. If you see saskatoons at a business, simply take a picture of their product and/or display (smart phones may be easiest, but are not required), and post it on the SBINA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Saskatoonberryinstituteofnorthamerica) with the name of the company where you saw them, and general location.

No purchase necessary, though buying saskatoons, fresh or in products and dishes, is encouraged.

We will all enjoy seeing what you can find. On August 12th we will pick a random winner, and the prize is a jar of saskatoon jam for you to pick up at a nearby SBINA member location. Members and their families are encouraged to participate, though you all will understand that you are not eligible for the prize.

Let the Search begin!

AJ’s Berry Farm Opens for U-Pick

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/8/2014

AJ’s Berry Farm (near Alpena) is now open for the season. U-Pick hours are 7:00 AM – Noon. The store is also open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, selling fresh picked saskatoons as well as jam.  For more information, go to: http://saskatoonberryinstitute.org/location/ajs-berry-farm/

Saskatoon Berry Patch to Open for U-Pick

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/6/2014

The Saskatoon Berry Patch http://saskatoonberryinstitute.org/location/jim-dixon/ of Williamsburg will open for U-Pick from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM from Wednesday 7/9 – Saturday 7/12.

You can also find Saskatoon Berry Patch at the Elk Rapids Farmers Market.

Jacob’s Farm Opens for U-Pick

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/6/2014

Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 7.25.07 AMYou can now pick saskatoons and other fruit at Jacob’s Farm, http://saskatoonberryinstitute.org/location/jacobs-farm-enterprises-llc/ just west of Traverse City, MI every day until the crop is gone from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

They Came Early!

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/4/2014

Several farms have fresh saskatoons, a couple of weeks earlier than expected!

While many farms were open by the 4th of July last year, this year’s colder spring delayed fruit development. Yet somehow the bushes caught up.

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Saskatoon Michigan (http://saskatoonberryinstitute.org/location/saskatoon-michigan-farm-nursery/) is opening for U-Pick on Saturday, July 5th from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  We will post hours for others as we learn of them.  You can check the calendar tab for the most current information, or call or email members using the Directory tab, to learn who else is ready to see folks out standing in their field.

Enjoy your holiday with fireworks, fun foods, and a little U-Pick exercise.  If you would rather not go to all the work of making saskatoon pie out of fresh berries, Saskatoon Michigan also sells fruit filling, ready to go.  Then again, if you order in advance, they can bake the pie for you. Is that too many options?

Moomers Offers Saskatoon Ice Cream

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 7/4/2014

Jon Plummer reports that Moomers Homemade Ice Cream http://www.moomers.com, voted America’s Best Scoop on ABC’s Good Morning America, has a tub of saskatoon ice cream in their Long Lake Rd store! You may not see it on the menu, and it is not in the display case, but if you ask for it, the staff at Moomers will serve it up until the tub is gone. Thank you, Moomers, for creating such a tasty sasaktoon treat!

WTCM-FM Interviews Steve DuCheney

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 6/27/2014

When you listen to a morning show on the radio, you want entertainment and wake-me-up content, right? On Monday, June 9, 2014, Jack O’Malley and Jamie Kramer sliced and diced the aura of saskatoons. The attached video (no, you cannot watch the radio show, but we threw in some graphics) is the full length interview, which covers: *What are saskatoon berries? *Are saskatoon berries a healthy choice? *Where can you get saskatoon berries in Northern Michigan? *Can Saskatoon Steve DuCheney keep up with professional interviewers from the entertainment industry? Well, text cannot adequately tell the story. Click below to hear for yourself.

Farm Tour a Success

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 6/9/2014

With plantings of various ages, several approaches to pruning and informative presentations, along with perfect weather, the 2014 Farm Tour has been declared a success. IMG_2562   Saturday, June 7th will long be remembered as a day to learn about growing and using saskatoons.  Many thanks to Cherry Capital Foods and Saskatoon Michigan for donating saskatoon berry products to sample! IMG_2567   Thank you also to the various media outlets that covered the Farm Tour. In Northern Michigan there are a variety of grocers that are planning to have saskatoons in their produce departments when the crop comes in.  We encourage all to keep their eyes open, starting in about mid-July, and going through mid-August.  If you have not yet tried saskatoons, this will be a great opportunity to be introduced. And if you could not get enough of the fruit over the last couple of years, this will be a great time to stock up, but remember, shelf life is about 10 days. No fears. Saskatoon berries freeze well, and can be preserved in a variety of recipes. photo 1 Special thanks for Duke Elsner of Michigan State University Extension and Lisa Richter Manrow of Grow Benzie’s Incubator Kitchen for your lunchtime  presentations!  

Peter Payette Reports On Saskatoons

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 6/6/2014

Screen Shot 2014-06-06 at 10.03.09 AMPeter Payette,  News Director at Interlochen Public Radio, reported on saskatoon berries on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. You can read the text of his report at: http://interlochenpublicradio.org/post/new-berry-town-0 or listen to the story online at that same URL.