Robin and Brad Hazelwanter of Lots Berry Farm say older customers often pick for those who can no longer come to pick. | Tennessa Wild photo

Saskatoon berries not trendy among youth

Berry pickers like the Michalycias often come to relive memories of childhood, says owner of Lots Berry Farm

Wally and Darlene Michalycia have been picking berries together for nearly a decade. The retired couple drive out to Lots Berry Farm near Saskatoon every year and pick for those in need. “We picked 15 pails last year and shared them around with seniors,” said Darlene. Darlene’s small stature and Wally’s worn knees don’t deter […] Read more

Saskatoons and other fruit, such as cherries, raspberries and strawberries, were ripe two to three weeks ahead of their usual time. | File photo

Couple say berry farm a satisfying experience

Berry-picking season came early this year in much of the Prairies. Saskatoons and other fruit, such as cherries, raspberries and strawberries, were ripe two to three weeks ahead of their usual time. It meant a good year for Lots Berry Farm of Saskatoon. “This is probably one of the most amazing years,” said Brad Hazelwanter, […] Read more

It’s all about the blackberry for pickaholic Shelley Leedahl, who has encountered bears and snakes on her quests to pluck bushes of low-lying fruit.  |  Shelley Leedahl photo

Blackberries: cheers to the mean and nasty

It’s early, which is important. The sun won’t be searing, my energy is high and my neighbours won’t likely be up to see me leave home in rubber boots, a floppy sun hat that ties beneath my chin and a purple-stained sweatshirt from my alma mater, the University of Saskatchewan. I’m stealing away to the […] Read more


Sol Farm’s Stephen Schacht displays a farm specialty, sweet onions, grown at the five-acre organic farm near Duncan. B.C. | Shannon Moneo photo

B.C. family grows what they eat

DUNCAN, B.C. — Ramona Froehle-Schacht and her husband, Stephen Schacht, started growing their own food when they first settled on British Columbia’s Denman Island 35 years ago. In 1984, they moved to Victoria where they ran the Out of Hand Gallery, which in turn spawned the Island’s biggest Christmas craft show, Out of Hand. After […] Read more