Category Archives: Saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia

Forest Farms in Southern Sweden

Exploring the potential of edible forest gardens: experiences from a participatory action research project in Sweden   Agroforest Syst https://doi.org/10.1007/s10457-018-0208-8

Johanna Björklund . Karin Eksvärd . Christina Schaffer

This research project explores the feasibility of growing a diversity of crops in a planned, forested area. The goals are lofty:

“The desired functions from the systems were agreed to be the provision of nutritious and tasty food products, nitrogen fixation, nutrient accumulation, the provision of quality food for pollinators, carbon sequestration, contribution to a benign microclimate and the provision of timber. The design and species composition were planned to optimize these functions”

This research reminds me of the permaculture gardens that have risen in popularity across the U.S. Whenever you have a multi-use approach to agriculture, there are a lot of tradeoffs especially in maximizing yield. Having layers of berry bushes growing beneath a nut tree, for instance, reduces light and could adversely impact yield and pollinator activity because the area becomes too shady. There is a desire for timber, but cut trees down and the entire moisture, light, etc. regimes of this ecosystem are changed. One of the plants included in this study was lambs quarter, Chenopodium album, an annual that would most definitely die out after a while because of shading and competition from trees as well as lack of disturbance of the soils. It certainly is a fun exercise and yields of any one crop will suffer, but in my back yard? Why not?

2018. Borklund

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Try Serviceberries

Seeing as how I have never really been or lived in other parts of Alaska I had no idea what the serviceberry was. I found a great source that talks about all things serviceberries. I will include a recipe that I found about serviceberry syrup, yum!

Serviceberry Syrup

1 cup serviceberry juice 2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat to 160°F. Use a candy thermometer; do not boil. The syrup is ready to use over waffles, pancakes, hot biscuits, ice cream and other desserts. Syrup will keep up to six months in the refrigerator without sugaring.

For long-term storage: Sterilize pint or half-pint canning jars and prepare lids. Immediately pour hot syrup into hot canning jars, leaving 1⁄4 inch head- space. Wipe jar rims and add prepared two-piece lids. Process 5 minutes in a boiling water canner.

Yield: 2 cups

 

Dinstel, R. R. and Johnson M. 2012. Serviceberries. Available online: https://www.uaf.edu/files/ces/publications-db/catalog/hec/FNH-00122.pdf. Accessed 12 Oct, 2016.

Saskatoon farm economics

 

On this webpage there is a downloadable link (titled: ‘SFC 2016 Econ Saskatoons’ and found in the middle of the page) to a presentation about the economics of growing saskatoons.  Although it is based in Michigan and estimates costs for a 5 acre production, it still shows is interesting to see an analysis for cost and profit for this berry.  He starts showing the economic analysis on slide 36, if you want to skip ahead to that. KD Fairbanks

The Saskatoon Institute of North America’s mission is to support commercial production and marketing of saskatoons.  It’s worth cruising around the site!    Saskatoons

Naming of the Juneberry. Or is it Saskatoon?

What’s in a name? Saskatoon vs. Juneberry

This article from Time magazine examines the significance placed on what the Saskatoon berry is called when it comes to introducing it to the US market. Canadians cry foul at the efforts to re-brand Saskatoons as Juneberries especially considering that the cultivars generating the excitement in the US were developed in Canada. With billions of dollars potentially at stake, the controversy will, however, likely continue. I agree with the Michigan grower quoted in the article. Saskatoon is a much sexier name than Juneberry and gets my vote.  What’s in a Name?

Saskatoon Research

This is my favorite inter-net site go to site for information on the Haskap: Saskatoon Research . Dr. Bob Bors of the University of Saskatchewan is one of the top researchers in North American on the Haskap.

Berry growing tips and recipes

If you are ever driving trough Ottawa here is a farm to check out growing strawberries, raspberries and Saskatoons. They include recipes for each berry with their descriptions. Nice pictures.   Berry farm recipes

Serviceberry, saskatoon processing and recipes

A quick introduction to the Serviceberry from the UAF Cooperative extension.  Includes storage, preservation and recipes.   Serviceberry