Update on Status of Saskatoon Berry U-Pick Season 2015

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/30/2015

Well folks, the fresh saskatoons are just about gone from Michigan, according to reports received from Institute members.

Here is what we have learned so far, in order of availability of saskatoons:

Cross FarmsCross Farms still has some saskatoon berries, in good shape, and will continue U-Pick through Friday, July 31st. They will also have frozen berries, which you can purchase at the farm.



Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 7.25.07 AMJacob’s Farm is just about out of berries, but still has a few. They also have other fruit still available, so they will remain open for U-Pick for some time yet.



Saskatoon MI Logo 4-color more distressedSaskatoon Michigan has no fresh fruit left, but they just made a batch of their awesome fruit filling (for pie, scones, tarts, pancakes, ice cream, cream cheese, and other good stuff like that!), Saskatoon Berry and Saskatoon Rhubarb Fruit Fillings that is available in several local specialty markets. Saskatoon Steve will also be at the Traverse City Farmers Market on Saturdays starting August 1st with the fruit filling as well as jam and saskatoon/cherry fruit leather.

The Saskatoon Berry Patch in Williamsburg is plumb out of saskatoons for this year.

There are still other U-Pick farms that have been too busy to provide updates as of this hour. We will keep you posted as other reports come in.

Do You Know How Many Saskatoon Berries Are Grown Each Year?

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/17/2015

The saskatoon berry industry expects to produce over 3 million pounds of saskatoon berries during the summer of 2015! You might wonder how many berries that is. Well, we are looking into that now. Our berry counters are working feverishly to get as accurate an answer as possible. Screen Shot 2015-07-17 at 1.49.58 PM Unfortunately some of the berries seem to fall through the cracks in this calculation process. The next question you might ask is how many of those berries are in your share. That depends on how fleet of foot you are.  While there are enough saskatoon berries for everyone in North America, some consumers appear to hoard them, while others miss out all together. The good news is that you probably have another week or so to get out to a U-Pick near you. If you don’t know where they are, some of them are listed on the Directory tab of this website. If you can’t get out to pick your own fresh berries, there are a number of stores that sell fresh, frozen and/or processed saskatoons. This blog, and the directory page can tell you more. These berries grow in northern states in the USA and in most provinces of Canada. While the bushes grow in the southern states of the USA, they will rarely have berries. We know that there are saskatoon fans in Texas who must import their fruit. While we are sorry about this situation, we assure you that this situation is not of our own making. The fruit filling and jam, however, is of our own making, and we look forward to sharing those with y’all! So don’t ride into the sunset without your super fruit! Act now and put a purple smile on your face!

Eat Like No One Else – Saskatoons in Michigan

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/10/2015

Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 8.56.12 AMEric Samuelson, of Eat Like No One Else, did a nice write-up this week about his family being introduced to saskatoon berries. The bottom line is that, though they really enjoyed their introduction, they did not buy enough fresh berries before the short season ended. You can read his blog post at: http://www.eatlikenoone.com/where-to-find-saskatoon-berries-in-michigan-2015.htm Editor’s note to Eric: Enjoy more fresh berries this summer! Then contact our members (see the Directory tab) for processed fruit products – jam, fruit filling and other products, or for frozen berries to do your own cooking. You don’t have to live without saskatoons for the remaining 11 months!

AJ’s Garden & Produce Announces Saskatoon U-Pick Hours

POSTED IN For Consumers ON 7/7/2015

AJ'sAJ’s Garden & Produce of Lachine, MI (near Alpena) announces Saskatoon U-Pick Hours, Monday – Saturday, 7:00 AM – Noon.

Come on out and pick your own, or buy some in their market, along with jars of saskatoon jam, and other seasonal berries.