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      New berry emerging in northern Michigan

      There is a new berry in town, and people are eager to learn about it.

      There is a new berry in town, and people are eager to learn about it.

      It??s called a Saskatoon. The Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America held a tour of five Saskatoon farms in Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties Saturday to teach local farmers about the plant.

      ??It is relatively new in our area,?? said Chuck Curtiss, from the Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America. ??It's a common thing to have in landscaping around Michigan, but people don't know that you can eat the berries.??

      The berry looks similar to a blueberry, but tastes more like an apple. There is also an almond flavor from the seeds. Like other berries, you can eat them right off the vine or incorporate them into pies, jams, sauces or wines.

      ??I just this week was excited to land contracts with a couple of local retailer for grocery stores for selling our berries, one being Olson??s Food Store and the other being The Village Market,?? said Ducheney. ??People have had kind of a difficult time finding the fruit in the area and this is going to help that.??