This is the first time I’ve seen Ontario Saskatoon Berries at Harvest Barn Country Markets!
It’s also the first time I have tasted these delicious, plump berries.
Find out about this product on this webisode of What I Say About Food:
Saskatoon berries are named after the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but we do grow them here in Ontario, in the Western and North-Central United States, and in various other provinces and states.
The berries form in early summer and come to be a dark, purplish-blue color resembling a large, soft blueberry, with flavor quite similar to a blueberry. They have little seeds in them, and being dark blue, they are high in antioxidants and have high nutrient value.
The Saskatoon Berry bush or Amelanchier Alnifolia, is sometimes called the Pigeon berry, Pacific serviceberry, Western serviceberry, Alder-Leaf shadbush, Dwarf shadbush, Chuckley pear or Western juneberry. With all those names, I think it must be able to grow just about anywhere. I am glad to know that we are able to grow Saskatoon Berries here in Ontario, and I do hope you try these healthful berries.
To me, it is always a comfort to know that Harvest Barn Country Markets try, as much as possible, to bring in produce and other products from within a 100 mile radius of their two locations.
Reducing our carbon footprint and greenhouse gases are important issues in this day and age and each of us have a responsibility to start thinking in terms of supporting local farmers and businesses to reduce the toll of transportation of goods and produce on the environment.
Looking at labels to see where our food comes from is essential, and even the smallest change in your purchasing habits will go a long way toward keeping our planet healthy for ourselves, our children and future generations. Take small steps, by purchasing produce and other products from your local farm market is one step in this direction. Doing something toward this end is better than doing nothing, as a lot of somethings are better than a whole lot of nothings!
Get some of these delicious Saskatoon berries from Harvest Barn Country Markets and try something new – experiment and make use of these nutrition packed, healthy berries.
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