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.

Saskatoon Berry Fruit Filling Now In 8 Stores in the Grand Traverse Area!

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Mouth watering pancakes, tarts, pies, cheesecake, ice cream, made with saskatoon fruit fillings, are nearer than you think.

Whether you prefer the smooth Saskatoon Fruit Filling or the tangy Saskatoon Rhubarb Fruit Filling, if you live in the Grand Traverse area, or are just passing through, you can stop by the following markets and pick up a jar or two, ready to go into a pie crust or tarts or scones for baking, or to serve on top of pancakes or cheese cake or ice cream:

Kalkaska

Cherry Street Market, 303 West Mile

Petoskey

Coveyou Scenic Farm Market, 4160 US-131

Rapid City

Village Market, 9556 Rapid City Rd NW

Traverse City – Downtown

Folgarelli’s Market & Wine Shop,  424 W Front St

Traverse City – Old Mission Peninsula

Old Mission General Store, 18250 Mission Rd

Traverse City – West

Oleson’s Food Store, 3850 N Long Lake Rd

Williamsburg

Evergreen Market, 8066 US HWY 31 North

Hoxsie’s Farm Market, 6578 M-72 East

We welcome your comments and suggestions about the very best ways to use these fruit fillings!

 

 

SECRET INFORMATION: DO NOT PUT THIS ON THE WEBSITE YET – soon we will also include Saskatoon Cherry Fruit Filling and Saskatoon Vinaigrette. This stuff is great! Keep a lid on this news for now (but not on your samples).

Eat Like No One Else Highlights Saskatoon Michigan

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Eric Samuelson did not buy enough saskatoon berries last year. He set out this year to overcome that experience, and did a great job recording his story on his blog:

http://www.eatlikenoone.com/where-to-find-saskatoon-berries-in-michigan-2015.htm

Take a look at what he learned, and how he overcame the shortfall, then go and do likewise 😉

The Saskatoons Are Coming!

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Great News! The saskatoon berries are ripening!

Saskatoon Michigan will not be offering regular U-Pick hours this year, but we will provide special opportunities to all our friends with a personally scheduled U-Pick appointment.

We should be ready for picking by Saturday, July 3rd, and fresh fruit will probably last about 2-3 weeks.

To make an appointment, call us at (231) 360-0311.

If you can’t make it during July, you can order one or more jars of our Saskatoon or Saskatoon/Rhubarb fruit filling, and still enjoy the marvelous and unique experience that saskatoon berries offer.

Saskatoon Growers Education Tour

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Saskatoon Growers Education Tour

The event will feature
farm tours, tasting, growing
tips, and a discussion of market opportunities for the Saskatoon berry.

The event will begin with a tour of the Saskatoon Michigan Farm and Nursery. There will then be a short break to enjoy Saskatoon Rhubarb Crisp. Next the event will continue with a tour of nearby saskatoon farm. Attendees can drive separately or ride-share.

The tour hosts will share “how to” information for growing Saskatoons. They will also discuss some of the market opportunities for this amazing fruit. Whether you are a seasoned grower or looking to plant something new, this will be a worthwhile event for you!

WTCM-FM Interviews Steve DuCheney

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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.

Northern Michigan Farm Conference Show

Posted on by Steve DuCheney

Hello ya’ll Saskatooners,

Just a quick note to say thank you all for stopping by to see us at the Northern Michigan Farm Conference Show yesterday. Hope everyone has/had a safe drive back home. It was nice to meet some new smiling faces and reacquaint with others. When we speak again next, you may have to remind me that we met at the show, as we met so many of you for the first time yesterday, and something about age and memory, uh, I forget.

Thank you especially to those of you that purchased our Saskatoon products and  we remind you that we welcome your feedback. Please follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with progress, and would also like to mention  now, that there is a Saskatoon Farm tour for the Grand Traverse region being planned at this time, and will take place probably early to mid June, stay tuned for further details.

Stay warm, think spring, Steve

From Steve@Saskatoon Michigan

2014 Planting Season Update

Posted on by Steve DuCheney

We are sorry to announce that we are currently sold out of Saskatoon plants. We do not anticipate that we will have any available again until the fall 2014. It is unusual that we would not have plants available for the spring planting season, however, it remains a very speculative market and there is not yet enough market history to help us predict demand for upcoming seasons. We have in the past brought in some plants from outside sources (Canada) to help offset shortages from time to time, but this has proven to be problematic for a number of reasons beyond our control.

We feel it is in the best interest of our customers at this time to discontinue this practice. We expect to be affected by this difficult decision for the spring 2014 season only. Take advantage of this extra time to prepare your grounds for planting. Fall is still an excellent time to plant and will be here before you know it. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

We will be accepting orders soon for the fall 2014 season and thank you for understanding our difficult situation.

2103 Season comes to an end

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As the 2013 season comes to an end, we would like to thank all our customers, local and distant, for making it a successful season. We are in the process of prepping for the 2014 season, so be sure to check back then. 

You can also follow us on facebook.

 

Michigan Farm and Garden Show to feature Saskatoon Berries

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Michigan FArm and Garden ShowThis July 20th and 21st the Michigan Farm and Garden Show will feature a segment on Saskatoon Berries presented by Steve DuCheney of SaskatoonMichigan.com.

About the experience, Steve DuCheney had this to say, “I 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. 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 so 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!” 

The Michigan Farm and Garden show features a unique blend of agricultural news, gardening tips and recipes that appeal to diverse groups of people.

Check local show times below!

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

Kalamazoo and West Michigan 
CBS 3 WWMT
Sundays at 6:00 a.m.

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

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

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

 

2013 Saskatoon Harvest has come to a close.

Posted on by Steve DuCheney

photoWell 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 say if was nice to meet all of you and hear you’re 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 can make pies with advanced notice. Enjoy the rest of your summer in this most bountiful region we live in.

PS. You might still find some u pick operations still open by going to;
www.saskatoonberryinstitute.org
Check out the directory to find one near you.