MSU Team Visits AJ’s Berry Farm

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 9/13/2013

AJ'sA team from MSU Product Center is heading to AJ’s Berry Farm on Tuesday, September 17th to take a tour and see some of the new ideas AJ has implemented.

This is their first visit to the greater Alpena area, and a well deserved destination. To learn more about AJ’s, go to: http://saskatoonberryinstitute.org/location/ajs-berry-farm/

Thanks AJ for introducing this group to saskatoons and your facilities. And thank you for feeding them in your barn/store.

Ed note: If you offer boxed take out, please let us know 😉

Saskatoon Berries Introduced to Weight Watchers

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 7/10/2013

ed. note: Weight Watchers does not endorse any one fruit product, so this is not about Weight Watchers endorsing saskatoon berries. However, Weight Watchers does encourage the consumption of fruit as a key part of a healthy diet, and many Weight Watchers members are on the lookout for new fruit options. What follows  is an account of events and discussions that occurred, not an endorsement.

 

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Steve DuCheney, of Saskatoon Michigan Farm & Nursery, reports:

I had the pleasure of meeting Chef Isabella, a recipe creator for Weight Watchers, and the personal chef to Florine Mark, President and CEO of WW Group, Inc. on Monday evening, July 8th, at a cooking demo at the Traverse City Weight Watchers. The demo was free and open to the public. Having never had any exposure to Weight Watchers, I must say that my misconceived perception of their bland, tasteless food choices was totally wrong. Chef Isabella had many great grilling tips to offer, as well as several wonderful recipes, one of which she prepared and served that was full of robust flavor and healthy as well. (see recipe, below) Chef Isabella was very energetic and informative. If you have the opportunity to see her at one of the Weight Watchers cooking demos, you won’t be disappointed. I also took advantage of the opportunity to introduce her to saskatoon berries, which she seemed very excited to try. Enough so, that she visited our Saskatoon farm the following day to learn more of her new found fruit.

photo I enjoyed her visit and learning more about her culinary skills as well. I would have to say that I believe she feels there is definitely a place in the market for this healthy, flavorful fruit. I look forward to meeting with her again!!

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Whether or not you are trying to loose weight, you can learn more about Chef Isabella, and see some of her yummy recipes, at: http://askflorine.com/chef-isabella/

P.S. The berry pickin’s are great right now! Come on out.

ed. note (2): Several Weight Watchers staff and members tried saskatoon berries and, to a person, reported that they tasted great. Their opinions are, of course, their own, and not an endorsement of the organization. As a bonus for those who are weight conscious, You Pick provides both a pleasant calorie burning activity and great fruit to eat. For those who are less concerned about their weight, this website includes some awesome recipes to supplement the consumption of the raw fruit. To see more, read on.

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

Saskatoon Berry Production Manual

POSTED IN For Growers ON 6/18/2013

This spring (2013) the Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Publication Office issued the image descriptionSaskatoon Berry Production Manual. Growers may be interested in this resource for plant care tips. You can find an expanded description and ordering instructions at: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$Department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex14362

What is on these leaves?

POSTED IN For Growers, For Members ON 5/28/2013

Brad Reddekopp, of Hazelton BC, sent the picture shown below, reporting:

Subject: White fuzzy growths on Saskatoon leaves

This has to do with wild Saskatoon berry bushes in north-west British Columbia. This year, I’ve noticed some strange, fuzzy white growths on the leaves and I’m wondering what they are.

Discussion ensued on Facebook before his submission to the Institute, suggesting spider mites or larval cocoons.

Our resident specialist, Erwin “Duke” Elsner, Small Fruit Educator with Michigan State University Extension, responded with:

Hi Brad,

I can’t tell for sure what you are seeing on the Saskatoon leaves, especially since I am only familiar with what infests them in Michigan, but…

Based on many years of investigating leaf deformities on many types of plants, I suspect the causal organism to be a small gall midge or gall wasp.  My hunch is a gall midge, because the growths look to have a natural opening which will later allow the insects to escape from the gall (gall wasps can chew their way out of galls, so they usually do not have a pre-made escape route).

These sorts of insects are often just curiosities, often having no significance to the growth of the plant.

–Duke Elsner

If anyone else has a good idea what this is, please let us all know.

Thank you for asking Brad. We do support wild varieties too.

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We Are Starting To See Saskatoon Berry Formation!

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers, For Members ON 5/28/2013

photoJacque’s Orchard is seeing berries start to develop!

 

Edible berries are still probably a couple of weeks away, but we will try to keep you posted.

Making Saskatoon Berry Crisp

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers ON 5/24/2013

Leah West shows us how to make saskatoon berry crisp.

Fresh berries are only a few weeks away!

Field of Flowering Saskatoons

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers ON 5/17/2013

Rows of flowering saskatoons smaller

This field, at Saskatoon Michigan Farm and Nursery (Williamsburg, MI), was in full flower yesterday. It is beautiful to see, and makes ones mouth water in anticipation of the berries to follow in about a month.

It’s time to be preparing soil for this year’s crop!

POSTED IN For Growers ON 5/8/2013

If you need information on pest and disease management, contact us soon.

The Saskatoons Are Here!

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Growers ON 5/8/2013

Here is an article by Neil Moran, published May 1st, regarding the growing interest in saskatoon plants: The Saskatoons Are Here!

I am sorry to report that this article is not referring to the fruit. As of today, it’s still too early. Check in with us again come mid-late June to see who has berries ready to pick and/or purchase.