Yesterday was a pie marathon! We started early in the morning, picking saskatoon berries at an orchard about 5 minutes outside of town. While plums, cherries, and raspberries are also grown there, only the haskap and saskatoon berries were ready for picking yesterday. The haskap berries are very close to the ground and more difficult to pick; my friend Sheri was the only one up to the task. She managed to pick one pail of haskaps. Together, we picked 8 pails of saskatoons.
If you’re not from the prairies, you may not be familiar with saskatoons. They are similar to blueberries, but I think they taste much better. (The largest city in our province is named after the berry.) In past years we have picked saskatoons in the wild, but this year we did it the easy way and went to an orchard.
The saskatoon bushes there are quite young and close to the ground, so we actually got to sit down on the job – easiest picking we’ve every done!
When we arrived, we were greeted by some rather large dogs, who herded our car to the parking lot. They checked us out (and left their mark on our car!). Shea got her dog-love for the day!
Four hours later, we had all of the berries we needed and headed back to my house to bake pies.
We had made our pie dough the day before to save some time. My friend, Sheri was working alongside me, giving me some good tips as I haven’t been completely happy with my pies in the past – and her pies always turn out great!
Here is the recipe we used for saskatoon pie:
3 c. saskatoon berries
1 c. rhubarb (cut fine)
1 1/2 T. lemon juice
1 c. sugar (or less)
2 T. flour
A few hours (and a big mess later), we were done! We ran out of pie plates after making 23 pies – most of which we’ll freeze for the winter. Today, Shea and I made 8 more! We’ll eat some of the remaining berries fresh and freeze the rest for sauces.
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