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.

Sasakatoon bushes are blooming!

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 5/29/2014

Saskatoons In Bloom, May 23, 2014 002The saskatoon bushes are blooming! While many farms will see a weather-related harvest delay of a couple of weeks compared to last year, many should have berries by mid-July. As each member U-Pick location learns more, we will post their open hours on our calendar, where you can also find location information and mapping.

Spring Pruning of Saskatoon Bushes

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, Uncategorized ON 5/5/2014

While pruning is not required for saskatoon bushes, it can be a valuable way to increase the size and ripeness of fruit. The picture below shows a field of pruned bushes. AJ pruning photo1   In the lane on the left you can see the brush that has been pruned. On the right, the brush has been chipped with a modified flail mower. This picture and description were provided by Amy MacArthur of AJ’s Garden & Produce (ajsberryfarm@gmail.com).

Farm Tour Announcement – Come See How Saskatoons Grow

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 5/1/2014

Saskatoon Berry Farm Tour 2014

 

The agenda for the day is as follows:

8:30 AM                Meet at The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station

(6686 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684)

Reserve Your Lunch

8:45 AM                 Leave for first stop

9:00 AM                 Arrive at Rick Billings Farm (Harry’s Road)

FOCUS: 2 year old plantings of blueberries and saskatoons

10:00 AM              Leave for next stop

10:15 AM              Arrive at Jacob’s Farm (M-72)

FOCUS: 5 year old plantings of saskatoons And hascaps

11:00 AM              Leave for next stop

11:30 AM              Arrive at The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station for Lunch

                               Tour of saskatoon research plot

                               Discussion of future research needs

                               Update on 2014 pest control measures

                               Presentation on the Grow Benzie incubator kitchen

Overview of The Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America

 1:00 PM                Leave for next stop

1:45 PM                 Arrive at Jim Dixon Farm (Williamsburg area)

FOCUS: 3 year old plantings of saskatoons

2:30 PM                 Leave for next stop

3:00 PM                 Arrive at Steve DuCheney Farm/Nursery (Williamsburg area)

FOCUS: 3 year old plantings of saskatoons

Discussion on propagation of saskatoons and meeting future plant needs.

4:00 PM                 Final comments and Q & A

4:15 PM                 Head home or back to station

NOTES:

Car pool if possible to minimize the number of vehicles. 

To register for the tour, call Steve Fouch at 231-715-6022. 

We will need a final number by Wednesday, June 4.  

The $10.00 fee is payable at the door, when arriving at the Research station.  

Make checks payable to:  Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America.