[NAFEX] Saskachewan, honeyberries; cherries and stoners

Sarah Kehler Ewing skkewing at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 19 11:34:56 EST 2008

> Hey Sarah,
> There's only one way you can prove to me that this
> supposed "Canada" place actually exists: smuggle
> me
> some of those intriguing new haskap varieties, and
> those dwarf cherries too. The only nurseries I've
> found selling them are in Canada, and don't ship to
> the US. Sure. This is looking more and more
> suspicious.
> Melissa

Ha, Ha,

You have a great sense of humour!

But sorry, but I'm waiting for my children to get a little older before I risk going to jail for smuggling illegal plant materials across the border... and I'm sure you are very nice and all, but when I get around to breaking that law: I'm going to be smuggling something off my long list of 'trees wanted' up this way!

>Have you tried out the new honeyberry varieties (that have not yet become
>available south of the border) yet?  
>Scott Hills

The honeyberries are excellent.  I still need to acquire the newest releases, but the others are great and ridiculously hardy.  I've made pie out of them and am looking forward to the day I have enough to make jam.  The U. of S. has had great sucess with producing new cultivars due to their very clever partnership plan with local farmers.  Their method of evaluating thousands of fruit trees/bushes (apples, haskaps, cherries, and hazelnuts) has the farmers planting, looking after, and helping evaluate fifty to a hundred seedlings, with a non-propagating contract unfortunately for me!  There is also researcher in Oregon working on them and he is the one who actually coined and patented the term "honeyberry" which is partly why Canada is moving towards the term "haskaps".  The change also has something to do with the origins of the parent material: Russia vs Japan (DNA Gardens has some info).

DNA Gardens, Windmill Point Farms, T and T Seeds, Dominion, etc. all carry honeyberries in Canada.  I know Park Seeds (U.S.) have carried them in the past and I even have one that they sold so I'm not convinced that the varieties bred up here wouldn't do well in warmer climates.

If you are desperate to try them, I could send either of you some honeyberry seeds: I saved a bunch of seeds from my largest fruit off of my 9 different kinds and I'm not going to plant all of them this spring.  My (32) cherries haven't produced very much fruit/seed yet, but I know they also grow well from seed as one of our local nurseries (Saskatoon Farm) sells U. of S. cherry seedling trees.

I want to recommend an excellent cherry pitter (and that's 'cherry stoner' for American readers, in Canada 'stoner' means something entirely different!) to fellow NAFEXers: there are full pictures and sales at www.sausagemaker.com for U.S. customers and Berry Hill Ltd. for Canadian purchasers.  I can use it to comfortably pit a gallon in 10 minutes. I have the original model which pits Evan's cherries and the U. of S. cherries like a dream, however it did not like the largest Bing's that I bought in the grocery store. I understand that they have made some modifications to enable it to pit the larger cherries (as well as some other modifications to make it work better) so the newer model may not work as well on the smaller pits of the Canadian Cherries.  Berry Hill Ltd. still had the original model last time I checked.

Zone 3b
Edmonton, AB Canada


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