Saskatoon berry season around Calgary is mid-late July. You’ll find the bushes bursting in the most random places along pathways, at campgrounds, or near dog parks. If you find a haul, grab ’em!
Saskatoon berries look much like blueberries, though they are more closely related to the apple family. Many would describe the taste of saskatoon as having a sweet, nutty almond flavor. They are also high in fiber, protein and antioxidants.
The saskatoon name is an anglicization from the Cree language word misâskwatômina (Mis-sack-qua-too-mina), which means “the fruit of the tree of many branches”. While we on the Canadian prairies embrace them as our own, Saskatoon berries are found from Alaska to Maine.
For those seeking out a more structured U Pick Saskatoon berry experiences, here are some Saskatoon berry farms around Calgary where you can head out with the kids for a fun summer’s day of picking (and eating) these wonderful berries. Good luck keeping your hands cleand!
WHERE TO PICK SASKATOON BERRIES NEAR CALGARY
NOTE: Before you head out to the farm, it’s best to double check on their website of by phoning to confirm their hours and crop availability. A map of all the farms is below.
The Saskaberry Ranch
Location: just west of highway 22 on Township Road 324, 2.4 km south of Highway 27 or 65 km north of Cochrane.
Location: N of Okotoks, 3 km east of Hwy 2
Solstice Berry Farms
Location: Northwest of Calgary, close to Crossfield
Pearson’s Berry Farm
Location: 27 km West of Bowden on HWY 587, turn North on RR #40
The Jungle Farm
Location: Just north of Innisfail at 28120 Township Road 362
Prairie Berry Farm
Location: Take Stoney Trail Exit #96 highway 22X East corner 225036 Range Road 282, Indus
Location: 3.2 km W of Okotoks on Hwy 7.
Location: RR#1 Crossfield, AB
High Country Berries
Location: West from Spruceview – 16.6 km on Highway 54 to Range Road 45. South on 45 4.0 km to Twp Road 36. West 1.6 km to Range Road 50.
Mountain View Berry Farm
Location: Go south from Olds or north from Didsbury on Hwy 2A. Turn west on the Amerada Road (Twp 322).
Hidden Valley Garden
Location: 119 1271 Township Rd 39-2, Red Deer County
Sweet Life Saskatoons
Location: Just NW of Airdrie
Did I miss a place? Let me know.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR SASKATOONS?
I like mine in beer – the Big Rock Purple Gas is awesome. I’ve been known to toss some in a tortilla with roasted marshmallows before. But my favorite Saskatoon berry recipe is a simple, rustic galette with other local fruit (like my backyard pears and apples!)