Blog of Saskatoon Michigan

Our blog will keep you up to date on our progress, and growing news. We strive to provide you with the strongest, best possible plants to sustain your saskatoon needs.

Kaytlyn and I had a great time at the Northwest Small Conference show this past weekend. Our booth was buzzing as we  passed out a lot of Saskatoon based fruit filling samples, sold product, reacquainted with old friends and met some new ones. We answered a lot of questions as there seams to be much interest in growing saskatoons. Hope to see many of those that visited us for the U-Pick this July.

Saskatoons Now Distributed in Southern Michigan By Del Bene Produce

Posted on by Steve DuCheney

Del bene Produce LogoDel Bene Produce is now distributing frozen saskatoon berries to food establishments from Detroit to Grand Rapids.

http://www.delbeneproduce.com/

Saskatoons, a super fruit when it comes to nutrition and antioxidants, have a unique flavor that is enjoyed solo as well as in pairings with other fruits.

Several restaurants, deli’s and food processors have been using saskatoons over the last few years, but they had to come north to pick them, or make special arrangements to get them. But life just got easier for a vast customer group in southern Michigan.

Frozen saskatoons can be used in sauces, beverages, vinaigrette, baked goods, ice cream, as well as just about anything else you could make with other frozen fruit.

Frozen Saskatoon Berries Now Available in Petoskey

Posted on by Steve DuCheney

Oleson’s Food Store, 2000 US-31, Petoskey, MI 49770, is now selling frozen saskatoons. If you are in the Little Traverse Bay area you have a unique opportunity. At this time we know of no other store in the Midwest that has these delightful treats, because the available 2016 crop was so quickly consumed.

Saskatoons (Amelanchier alnifolia) are a pom fruit. They look a bit like blueberries, but they are not related, and are quite unique.

Frozen fruit is great as a quick, healthy, cooling (yes, still frozen) snack, and can be used for the full variety to baked goods and sauce recipes.

Saskatoons are nutritious, loaded with antioxidants, and have a unique, tangy, almondy flavor. Several authorities list them among the superfruits.  They are great in pies, scones, muffins, tarts and pancakes, as well as other baked goods. And they work very well in a variety of prepared sauces including ice cream topping, barbecue sauce and vinaigrette. Some companies use them to infuse vodka and wine, and make saskatoon cider.

As we say on the farm, enjoy this healthy and flavorful fruit, and “Stay Tooned!”

 

Marketing Small Fruit

Posted on by Steve DuCheney

Here is a helpful marketing resource for all who are growing and hoping to sell saskatoons and/or any other berries. Although Cathy, the author, passed away a couple of years ago as a result of a tragic car accident, her work continues to educate us all. Thank you Cathy.

Finding your market, whether fresh or processed, wholesale or direct, is key. It is ideal to have the answers before the fruit is picked for a variety of reasons which are outlined in this article.

Marketing Small Fruit

Saskatoon Season Wrapping Up

Posted on by Steve DuCheney

The U-Pick season for summer 2016 has now ended at Saskatoon Michigan Farm and Nursery. What a delightful, but condensed season.  The heat this month accelerated ripening and shortened our picking window.

There is still one more half day to get fresh saskatoons at the Elk Rapids Farmers Market, and that day is tomorrow morning, Friday, July 15th, 8:00 AM – Noon.

We will keep you posted on prepared products such as fruit fillings once those batches are made up.

Saskatoon Growers Education Tour Coming Up

Posted on by Steve DuCheney

Saskatoon Growers Education TourThe Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America and Michigan State University Extension are working together to provide a free half-day saskatoon growers program. The tour will be held Friday, June 17th, 2016. Content includes tours of 3 saskatoon orchards of various ages, and presentations on a variety of topics related to growing saskatoons.

Saskatoon Michigan’s newest orchard has been selected as one of the 3 locations.

To download the flyer, click on this hyperlink: Saskatoon Growers Education Tour 2016

The agenda for the tour is as follows:

8:15 AM        MEET AT JACOB’S FARM, M-72 WEST

(Coffee and Saskatoon muffins)

(RESOURCE PERSON: DR ERWIN DUKE ELSNER)

  • PRUNING METHODS
  • PESTS
  • CARING FOR OLDER PLANTS
  • COMPARING VARIETIES

10:00 AM      MEET AT JIM DIXON’S FARM, ACME

(RESOURCE PERSON: JIM DIXON)

  • CARE OF YOUNG BEARING PLANTS
  • COMPARING VARIETIES
  • FUTURE MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES

11:00 AM      MEET AT DUCHENEY’S NEW PLANTING

(RESOURCE PERSON: STEVE DUCHENEY)

  • TIPS ON PLANTING NEW STOCK
  • CARING FOR YOUNG PLANTS
  • OUTLOOK FOR PLANTING STOCK
  • IMPACT OF MULCHING

12:30 PM      MEET FOR LUNCH TO SHARE WITH OTHERS

  • MR C’S, M-72, WILLIAMSBURG

Saskatoon Michigan Sold Out For Spring 2016, Accepting Orders for Fall 2016

Posted on by Steve DuCheney

It is with mixed emotion that we announce that all the saskatoon bushes we nurtured throughout this past summer have been spoken for.

We are now focusing on young plants for this coming summer. Saskatoon Michigan sells only seasoned plants, which improves plant health and hardiness. That means that we will care for this new group of plants throughout the summer of 2016, and be ready to deliver on orders in the fall of 2016.

Place your order now to be on the list to receive your fall delivery of saskatoon bushes, and start banking the time before you have your own harvest of wonderful, tasty saskatoon berries.

Saskatoon Michigan Now Accepting Plant Orders For 2016

Posted on by Steve DuCheney

It seems to happen every year. The entire 2015 inventory of young saskatoon bushes at Saskatoon Michigan has been spoken for, but we are growing plants that could have your name on them for fall 2016 delivery.

Don’t wait longer than necessary. Order early to secure your plants from Saskatoon Michigan!

Some hobbyists think about ordering plants the month before they want the fruit. With saskatoons it doesn’t work that way. Serious growers plan ahead in order to have healthy, well-developed plants, ready to go into the ground on schedule.

At Saskatoon Michigan we get your plants established at our farm a year in advance, and nurture them for maximum strength, endurance and development.

So place your order while there is still time to take advantage of all four seasons of development, and reap the harvest of your good sense and planning.

Saskatoon Michigan is a featured Farm in a new book!

Posted on by Steve DuCheney

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 8.06.19 AM_1Four ‘new’ unique food products are highlighted in this book “Fruits of Their Labor”, including saskatoon berries, by author Eric Samuelson.

Saskatoon Michigan is highlighted, with photos and history of the farm.

These are the stories behind the produce section. It may be easy to imagine that fruit just shows up at the store each morning. Yet months, and even years, of effort were required in order to get those products there.

Farmers Market Update and A Bit of a Blow

Posted on by Steve DuCheney

We had a great time at the Traverse City Farmers Market on Saturday, August 8th, visiting with many of you, and talking about the culinary possibilities of saskatoon berries and products. Thank you for stopping by to chat and sample. And a special thanks to each of you that purchased our jams and fruit fillings, and helped build the future of this yummy superfruit! None of us had any idea what was coming the next day.

Well, the biggest storm of this century blew through on Sunday. The hardy saskatoon bushes did pretty well – mostly untouched.  But the beautiful giant trees on the farm did not fair so well.

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After taking stock of our situation, and meeting with the insurance adjuster, we have some long hard work ahead of us. So it is that, with regret, we announce that we will need to take a few weeks off from the Farmers Market to work on the farm, focusing on storm damage cleanup while balancing our other commitments.

Much of our inventory was protected from the storm, and remains in pristine condition. We will, soon, launch the new version of our e-business website, where you will be able to place orders online for shipping. In the meantime, you are welcome to give us a call to place orders and arrange for pick-ups or deliveries. Saskatoon Steve’s direct line is 231.360.0311.

And you can still find our saskatoon fruit fillings in many markets in the greater Traverse City area.

We so appreciate our customers, and will miss the face-to-face chats and seeing the eyes and smiles of those trying saskatoons for the first time. We will ounce back!  And we will be back!

Saskatoon Steve at The Traverse City Farmers Market!

Posted on by Steve DuCheney

Saskatoon SteveYou have heard him on the radio, and seen him in the news. Now come meet Saskatoon Steve (a.k.a Steve DuCheney) of Saskatoon Michigan Farm and Fruit at the Traverse City Farmers Market on Saturday mornings beginning on August 1st.

Available products include: Saskatoon Jam, Saskatoon Fruit Filling, Saskatoon Rhubarb Fruit Filling and Saskatoon Cherry Fruit Leather.

In coming weeks we will be adding Saskatoon Cherry Fruit Filling too.

If you have not yet tried this delectable super fruit, or if you are an old fan, please stop by to say hello and try a sample.

Support local farming, and experience saskatoon berries in these great recipes!