It’s been my experience that Saskatchewan gets a bad rap. I suppose it makes sense in a way, it’s hard to compete with flashier Canadian cousins like Vancouver and Montreal. My experiences in the entire province of Saskatchewan though have proven to me that it’s a must-visit destination. One of the reasons for this was unexpected, a robust food culture found in Saskatoon.
Even though top chefs are moving into this rough and tumble city in droves, a personal favorite dish is the very traditional Saskatoon berry pie. Saskatoon berries are purplish-blue berries that grow on a bush and were a dietary staple for the First Nations people. Today the berry is still wildly popular and can be found in just about everything from pemmican to syrup, but the pie is the preferred mode of ingestion. The rich, gooey dessert with a dollop of whipped cream was the perfect antidote for a hot summer’s day and I walked away reminiscing about the flavors, the hallmark of any great culinary experience.
The best place to enjoy fresh Saskatoon berries as well as the best pies in town is at the Berry Barn. The Berry Barn is an institution and their location on overlooking the South Saskatchewan River makes it a popular place for meals and even weddings. They’re a working farm too and harvest 28,000 pounds of Saskatoon berries every year on their 27-acre orchard.