AJ’s Berry Farm, Near Alpena, Announces You Pick Hours

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/5/2013

AJ'sAJ’s Berry Farm announces You Pick Hours beginning Saturday, July 6th from 7 AM – Noon, and continuing until the crop has been picked.

For directions and contact information, go to: saskatoonberryinstitute.org/location/ajs-berry-farm/

The Saskatoon Berry Patch Announced You Pick Hours

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/5/2013

Jim Dixon, of Williamsburg, MI, announces You Pick hours at The Saskatoon Berry Patch starting on Saturday, July 5th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, and continuing the following week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, same hours. The Patch is at 9520 Bates Rd. Pickers can call 231.938.1776 to get up to information on availability of berries.

How To Tell If A Saskatoon Is Ripe

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/2/2013

Some wonder how to tell when a saskatoon is optimal for picking. While the answer to that question depends somewhat on one’s purposes and taste, in most cases it is worth noting that the berries on the left, looking generally more red, are not yet fully ripe. The berries on the right, looking generally more blue, are ripe. That said, if you have some red berries in your bucket, they are likely to ripen over a few days. Like apples, picked saskatoons will continue to ripen at room (summer) temperature. To delay ripening, some refrigerate berries. They can also be frozen, though that has an affect on their taste and texture.

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Saskatoon Berries Are Ripening in Northern Michigan!

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/1/2013

Saskatoon Berries Ripening

On the farms of several of our members the saskatoon berries are ripening. Local conditions and available varieties may result in some variation of the timing.  The picture above shows nearly ripe fruit clearly.  The red berries are slightly premature, being slightly harder and tasting more tart than the deep blue berries, which are somewhat hidden in this photo, but can be found with careful inspection of plants.

To find Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America member You Pick and Market Hours, review the posts herein and/or check out our calendar of events at: http://saskatoonberryinstitute.org/events/

After you do your best picking, please let us know how it went, and what you do with the berries!

Jacob’s Farm Announces You Pick and Market Hours

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/1/2013

Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 7.25.07 AMJacob’s Farm Announces the following hours for 2013, You Pick and Farm Market:

July 1 – August 17:
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

August 18 – November 3:
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday & Saturday, 10:00AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday, Noon – 7:00 PM

Please be aware that Jacob’s Farm has a lot more going on than saskatoon berries, whose season lasts only for a few weeks.

To get more detail on the fun activities, and to get directions and contact information, go to: http://saskatoonberryinstitute.org/location/jacobs-farm-enterprises-llc/

Sakatoon Michigan Announces You Pick Schedule

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/1/2013

Screen Shot 2013-07-01 at 7.48.39 AMIt’s finally here! Saskatoon Michigan will be opening this Wednesday, July 3rd from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM for You Pick.

After that date, their regular hours will be Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM until this year’s crop has been harvested.

Along with fresh from the bush You Pick berries, Saskatoon Michigan will be offering for sale frozen berries, which are great for pies and jams.

Come out, relax, enjoy the countryside and pick a few few berries.

For map and contact information, go to: http://saskatoonberryinstitute.org/location/saskatoon-michigan-farm-nursery/

Say ‘Summer’ With Saskatoons in Traverse City

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 7/1/2013

On June 27, 2013 The Traverse City Record Eagle ran an article entitled Say ‘Summer’ With Saskatoons in Traverse City. This article included comments from some of our members about growing and using saskatoon berries, as well as You Pick information. To see the article, go to: http://record-eagle.com/features/x2113335802/Say-Summer-With-Saskatoons-in-Traverse-City

Vallads Saskatoon Berry Farm Announces You Pick Schedule

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 6/24/2013

Ross Vallad anounced today that Vallads Saskatoon Berry Farm, of Kalkaska, MI, will have You Pick hours for saskatoon berries starting on Saturday, July 13th. Hours are 9 AM – 7 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

Contact Vallads in advance of your trip to assure an adequate supply of ripe berries.

For Directions or contact information, go to: http://saskatoonberryinstitute.org/location/vallads-saskatoon-berry-farm/

Saskatoons in Ann Arbor Cityscape

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 6/12/2013

Sometimes you can find wild saskatoons in the wild. Sometimes you can find them downtown.

This video shows how you might find saskatoons in urban landscapes.

If you can’t find any, check out our Directory tab to learn about You Pick and farm market options near you.



Boars ‘n Berries Saskatoon Berry Scones

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 6/4/2013

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3 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
pinch salt
2 eggs plus 1 yolk , lightly beaten
1/3 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 cups fresh or frozen Saskatoons
1/4 cup sugar for topping
1 egg white for topping, separate in a small bowl


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, grease or parchment line 2 baking sheets.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 1/2 c sugar, baking powder and salt.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs (saving one white), oil and buttermilk.
4. Add the wet to the dry all at once and stir in just until blended. Fold in berries and add a little more buttermilk if the batter is dry or very stiff.
5. Spoon batter into prepared pans making 8 to 10 servings. Brush each scone with a little of the reserved egg white and sprinkle with sugar
6. Bake 15-20 minutes until nice and golden and fairly firm to the touch. Cool 5 minutes on pan before serving.

This recipe was created by Chef Shona Pearson, Brown Dog Cafe, Vancouver, BC