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. 

Saskatoon Berry Farm Tour Planned for Saturday, June 7, 2014

POSTED IN For Growers ON 4/3/2014

The Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America is organizing a multi-farm tour of saskatoon growing sites.

This all day tour will begin at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station, departing from there for guided tours of several farms.

If you are a grower, or considering a substantial planting of saskatoons, and you would like to participate, please click on the Contact Us tab, above, and email us with your contact information, indicating your interest in the Farm Tour.

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Jeremy Conaway Facilitates Strategic Intent Retreat

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 4/3/2014

After a year of great progress on goals, The Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America held a Strategic Intent Retreat on March 28th, 2014 to develop a clear view of where the organization intends to be in 2017 vis-a-vis efforts and accomplishments.  The Institute’s board and members worked together, considering the reflections of guests and speakers, to identify their potential and challenges regarding both the saskatoon berry industry and the Institute’s role.

The event was facilitated by Jeremy Conaway, nationally known retreat facilitator and keynote speaker. Mr. Conaway’s firm, RECON Intelligence Services, will continue to work with the Institute to hone their Strategic Intent statement and track their progress.

Saskatoon berries (Amelanchier alnifolia), also known as serviceberry, shadbush and juneberry, are grown in a variety of northern states and Canadian provinces. They are a very healthy and tasty fruit, though they are not yet widely known to the general population.

Issues raised at the retreat include maximizing plant health, farming best practices, working together on market development, ways to handle commercial orders which are larger than any one farm can currently fill, and taking into consideration many commonly accepted perspectives on local and sustainable farming.

Institute Introduced at 2014 Small Farm Conference

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 4/3/2014

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The Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America greeted many attendees at the 2014 Small Farm Conference with their table of information and samples.  Special thanks to AJ MacArthur and Jim Dixon for staffing the table. Steve DuCheney gave out lots of samples of fruit filling.

Saskatoon berries at NW MI O&V Show

POSTED IN For Growers, For Members ON 12/31/2013

There will be a half-day breakout session dedicated to Saskatoon berries at the 2014 Northwest Michigan Orchard & Vineyard Show. The session, scheduled for Wednesday, January 15th, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, MI, Room: Peninsula A, is slated to cover the following topics:

  • What are Saskatoon Berries?
  • Meet the Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America
  • Rust Diseases of Saskatoons
  • Fruit Infesting Insects of Saskatoon Berries
  • Grower Open Discussion – Production Challenges
  • Pesticide Recommendations and Use Strategies
  • Fill Out Pesticide Recertification Credits (2 credits)

The full Show, which runs January 14th & 15th, 2014, will also highlight cherries and grapes as well as other orchard and vineyard crops, and will include other break out sessions and a trade show. The registration fee, good for both days, is $30/person. The Registration Desk opens at 8:00 AM, including coffee and rolls in the Exhibit hall. Come join us for the most complete and concise presentation on Saskatoon berries available.