Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Recently I told someone that we were going saskatoon u-picking, and they thought I was speaking a foreign language. Since then I have discovered that saskatoons are a Western Canadian phenomenon and consequently non-Western Canadians would likely have no exposure to this most prairie-like of fruits. Technically, you should be able to find saskatoons throughout western North America, but I can't speak for any Montanans out there. Montana readers and residents, care to comment? We went out to a u-pick called PrairieBerry U-Pick, south-east of the city. They were very well stocked in saskatoons and we got all that we wanted. They even give you one-legged stools you attach around your waist for picking comfort. I highly recommend this place. It cost $15 for a full ice cream pail. Since then, I went picking out on a ranch in the Porcupine Hills west of Nanton, and there were LOTS of juicy ripe berries there too. These, of course, are free. A better option than a u-pick, if you have access to wild bushes. We had a wonderful day at the u-pick. We went out with some friends and one couple's lovely daughter T. Have I ever mentioned how much B and I love kids? Little T is one of those kids you can't help but love. She is free-spirited and intelligent and so interesting. But how could she not be when she has such great parents? T's dad has a gardening blog and we often compare notes on the success of our vegetables. We had a picnic in between the rows of saskatoon bushes and shared around cheese and vegetables and chocolate and bread with artichoke dip. Can there be a better way to spend a sunny Saturday?