Highbush Cranberry-fest

KevinForaging, From The Wild, Wild Fruits, Wine6 Comments

I’d had enough of reading about Karlynn‘s foraging successes, especially having spent far too much time harvesting far too few berries of the low-bush variety. Rather than a sheet pan one layer deep of low-bush, roughly the same amount of time spent picking highbush yielded 21 lbs of fruit. As you can see in the photo, highbush cranberry grows rather … Read More

Low-bush Cranberries

KevinForaging, From The Wild, Wild Fruits9 Comments

At a recent farm stay over the weekend, the smell was everywhere – that pungent, somewhat stinky odor…not of manure, but of fall cranberries. I looked, and looked, and looked – nothing. Until I looked down instead of up. I’m good and used to harvesting high-bush cranberries, and even have some planted in my yard, but have never come across … Read More

The Strawberry Gap

KevinForaging, From the Garden, From The Wild, Fruit from the Yard, Strawberries, Wild Fruits4 Comments

At the moment, in my mind, these bad boys take top spot at proving how shitty and dumbed down imported-out-of-season-food can be. Fresh strawberries from a plant that was actually bred to produce tasty strawberries, kick ass. If they were a wine, I’d score them 95+ while the crap-styrofoamy-immitation strawberries we get from abroad [no offense, cali-foilks, but the strawberries … Read More

Saskatoon Wine – 2009 Batch 1 Update

KevinFrom the Cellar, From the Garden, Fruit from the Yard, Saskatoon Wine, Wild Fruits, Wine, Wine MakingLeave a Comment

Batch 1 of 09 Saskatoon wine was bottled this week, and I figured it would be useful for other would-be-saskatoon-wine-makers to have some thoughts in the otherwise gaping void of online information about tackling this. First, I’m pretty sure this wine will mature nicely. For a long time, the wine had a tart cherry vibe that was awkward, nearly metallic, … Read More

Saskatoon Wine – 2009 Batch 1

KevinForaging, From the Cellar, From the Garden, Fruit, Saskatoon Wine, Wild Fruits, Wine, Wine Making4 Comments

As with quite a few other items lately, I’m posting about making ‘Saskatoon Wine’ because there seems to be a hole in online information about the topic. After doing some research, I realized that it’s partly because it’s very Canadiana to even call them saskatoons. Amélanche, juneberry, serviceberry, shadberry are more common names elsewhere. I’ll use the terms interchangeably, just … Read More

75 lbs of Saskatoons Day

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A friend and I were up around 5 this morning to a) miss the heat of the day in the low 30sC, and b) take advantage of an offer from a friend of mine to go pick saskatoons at thier place while they were on holidays. The thing is, the acreage they bought used to be a saskatoon farm. So … Read More