By Kat Tancock
Saskatoon berries, also called juneberries, are antioxidant-rich, sweet blue-purple berries with (edible) seeds.
Though the berries grow elsewhere in the northwestern US and western Canada, the Canadian Prairies are where you’ll find most of the world’s commercial production of Saskatoons, and in Okotoks, Alberta, about 20 km south of Calgary, you’ll find the Saskatoon Farm, home to 50 acres of pick-your-own saskatoon berries, usually ready in mid-July.
If you can’t make it to the Saskatoon Farm during the summer, it’s still worth a visit for its on-site Giddy Up Cafe (open 9–4 daily), whose menu is replete with the farm’s produce, including saskatoon berry pie, ice cream, scones and butter tarts, and waffles piled with Saskatoon berry topping and real whipped cream.
Stop by the gift shop to stock up on Saskatoon berry jams, sauces and vinaigrette—or even a whole pie to take home and share.