Can you believe it? YES! We grow and sell ALASKA GROWN CANTALOUPE!
If you've not enjoyed a vine-ripened melon like cantaloupe, you're seriously missing out.
WARNING: Once you eat one of ours, you'll be ruined from grocery store cantaloupe.
They usually start coming on about mid-August and last through the first week or two of September.
The best way to know when they are ready is to join our email list. They always hear things first. If they don't sell out in the first 24 hours (which is rare) we will post on social media.
Honeyberries (aka haskaps) are an incredibly nutritious berry full of antioxidants and vitamins. Unless they are fully ripe, they can be slightly tart but most of our customers who love honeyberries love them for their zing.
Honeyberries are extremely cold-hardy and are some of the first producers on the farm. They often start blooming before the snow is all gone!
Honeyberries are excellent fresh. They also freeze well for use all winter long in smoothies, muffins, pies, the possibilities are endless! They give a wonderful boost of vitamin C in the wintertime. Other ideas for preserving honeyberries are freeze-drying, dehydrating (but you must cut in half first or they take days and days to fully dehydrate), and canning as jam, syrup, or pie filling.
- Boreal Blizzard
- Boreal Beast
- Berry Blue
- Blue Moon
Saskatoons are a sweet berry, that's shaped like a blueberry but they are much more flavorful. They are packed with antioxidants but they also have another superpower. They are mineral-rich with high amounts of copper, iron, magnesium, and more!
Saskatoons are extremely cold-hardy, some even grow native here. They sucker so one plant will lead to many!
Saskatoons are so yummy fresh (the favorite of the farmer's wife). They also freeze easily, you don't even have to freeze them on cookie sheets, just toss them in a gallon freezer bag and you're golden! Saskatoon pie is a favorite around here but they also make awesome jam and syrup. The frozen berries are wonderful mixed in a big bowl of homemade yogurt. Best breakfast ever!
Bush cherries range from tart to sweet-tart and are relatively small but don't let their size fool you - they are packed with fresh cherry flavor!
We opted to raise and sell bush cherries because they are much more cold-hardy and produce consistently, year after year. They are also smaller than a tree and produce limbs down low so they are much easier to pick than a tree.
Bush cherries have a variety of uses beyond just fresh eating. They make awesome pies so we make sure we have plenty of pie filling canned up or stocked in the freezer. They also are good canned in a sweet syrup. Tart cherries are also well known as an anti-inflammatory with tart cherry juice being a common treatment for gout.
- Carmine Jewel
- Crimson Passion
- We do also have a couple of Evans cherry trees
RED AND GOLDEN RASPBERRIES
Is there anything more refreshing than a raspberry fresh off the vine? They are the epitome of summer.
We have two varieties of raspberries; red and golden. We don't have exact variety names but we can attest to the fact that they are delicious!
Raspberries are best eaten fresh but they also freeze well for smoothies and they make awesome jam. Golden raspberry freezer jam is a new favorite of ours!
BLACK AND RED CURRANTS
Black and Red currants are tasty and multi-purpose and they are very cold-hardy making them a perfect Alaska fruit. They are a great source of calcium, potassium, and polyphenols (linked with cancer prevention, heart health, obesity, and diabetes prevention).
We have two varieties of currants; red and black. We don't have exact variety names but we can attest to the fact that they are delicious!
Red and black currants, in my opinion, don't get the credit they deserve. Red currants had their glory earlier in the century and made their appearance as cordial, in muffins, and even dehydrated. Being old souls, we're bringing these back with gusto - they are so versatile and nutritious! Black currants are well known for their medicinal purposes.
A favored fruit worldwide, we have an orchard full of apples - and we love them all! Apples are a tasty fresh snack, paired with a dollop of peanut butter or a slice of cheese. They are power-packed with fiber and antioxidants.
As you can see from the list below, we have dozens of apple varieties, each serving a different purpose in the orchard.
Apples are one of the most versatile fruits on the orchard. Besides eating them fresh as a snack, they also are yummy dehydrated, made into apple pie filling, apple sauce, the options are nearly endless. What's your favorite way to preserve apples for the long winters?
- Red Sparkle
- September Ruby
- Lee 21
- State Fair
- Yellow Transparent
- Red Haralson
- Prairie Sensation
- Prairie Magic
- Prairie Sun
Do you remember raiding the strawberry patch as a kid? Or as an adult for that matter! There's just something about a strawberry, they taste like straight sunshine! They are potent little berries that have been known to lower blood pressure, increase good cholesterol, and help fight against cancer.
Although there are dozens of varieties that can do well in Alaska, we specialize in Seascape strawberries, even though they are planted as an annual in our climate. The main reason we love seascape strawberries is that they produce until freeze up, well into fall. The further they get into the season, the bigger and juicier the berries get. Some take several bites to eat!
We eat so many fresh berries that sometimes we have a hard time saving any for the freezer but we always manage to save a few. We love them in smoothies and they make the BEST freezer jam.