Simple Fruit Salad – Could anything be better?

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/23/2013

The salad pictured below includes watermelon, strawberries, saskatoon berries and grapes. What a great picnic treat! No sugar or carbs added.

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Saskatoon Berry Institute To Be Showcased on Michigan Farm & Garden TV

POSTED IN For Consumers, For Members ON 7/16/2013

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 12.56.56 PMSteve DuCheney, Vice President of SBINA had the wonderful opportunity to meet the host of the Michigan Farm and Garden Show, Jody Pollok-Newsom yesterday after being invited to be a guest on the show to talk about Saskatoon’s.

Steve says: Being my first time in “Hollywood” you might notice a slight nervousness about me. Jody does a great job with the show, keeping a fast pace (or so it seemed to me) and making it all look very easy. I hope you can all tune in for a laugh or two. I am quite anxious to see it myself, it was somewhat of a blur. Enjoy!!

Show times are the weekend of July 20/21 2013, as follows:

Lansing and Mid-Michigan
Fox 47 WSYM
Saturday at 7:00 a.m.

Kalamazoo and West Michigan
Sunday at 6:00 a.m.

Northeast Michigan
Fox 45 WQFV
Saturday at 7:30 a.m.

Northwest Michigan
Fox 33 and Fox 54
Saturday at 7:30 a.m.

Upper Peninsula
Fox 64 (Pickford) and Fox 61 (Sault Ste. Marie)
Saturday at 7:30 a.m.



Saskatoon Michigan Farm & Nursery Announces End of Season

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/16/2013

Well I’m sorry to say that the Saskatoon harvest has come to a close for us. The hot weather has made a short season of it this year. I would like to say it was nice to meet all of you and hear your ideas of how you plan to use the fruit: the pies, scones, muffins, waffles, smoothies and so on. Sounds delicious. Thank you all for coming out to visit us and hope to see you all again next year. Keep in mind that we do have frozen berries available year round and we can make pies with advanced notice. Enjoy the rest of your summer in this most bountiful region we live in.

Steve DuCheney

ed. note: You are welcome to check our directory for other You Pick locations.

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:

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.

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:

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:

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:

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: