Tom’s Food Markets in Traverse City, MI now selling Saskatoons

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 7/14/2014

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Four Tom’s Food Market locations in Traverse City, MI now carry saskatoon berries in their produce sections including: 738 Munson Ave, 1201 S. Division St, 6353 US 31 N (Williamsburg) and 13940 S West Bay Shore Dr.

Growers and fruit fans alike welcome Tom’s to the growing list of retail stores carrying fresh fruit.

Shoppers will want to make note of this addition, and avoid confusing them with blueberries, based on their size and color.

Saskatoons are a unique fruit, with a unique flavor and unique dietary benefits.

Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America members continue to develop products that may soon be available on store shelves throughout the year.

NPR’s Morning Edition Features Saskatoons

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 7/14/2014

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.07.45 PMThis morning, Monday, July 14th, NPR’s Morning Edition broadcast, coast-to-coast, included a story about the developing saskatoon berry industry in Northern Michigan. You can read and/or hear the story on the NPR website: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/14/330694223/saskawhat-a-novel-berry-from-canada-takes-root-on-michigan-farms Institute members report receiving related contacts within hours of the story airing. Kudos to the pioneers who are bringing this industry to fruition, and our thanks to those in the news media who are getting the word out.

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. 

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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