Plow Maker Farms: We grow great organic food

Plow Maker Farms



Saskatoon is a tasty native berry that has higher levels of antioxidants when compared with blueberries, strawberries and raspberries (Heinonen 1998).

These delicious native purplish-blue berries grow naturally on our farm. The trees reach 20-25 feet tall and are covered with clusters of berries in late summer.

Saskatoons (Amelanchier alnifolia Nutt.) are very nutritious. They have high concentrations of antioxidants such as phenolics, flavonols and anthocyanins (Juríková et al. 21013).

About 3/4 cup of Saskatoons contains 6 grams of fiber (24% of your daily requirement). Now that is a lot tastier than scarfing down a bran muffin.

Native Americans used the Saskatoon as food and medicine. The tasty berries were eaten fresh, mashed and dried into a 'berry brick' for later, or mixed with meat and dried to make pemmican.

The name saskatoon is derived from the Cree word for the berries, "Mis-sask-quah-too-mina", which sounds similar to "Saskatoon". The original Cree name means "the fruit of the tree of many branches".

Even though Saskatoons are called a berry they are actually a fruit. These little blue balls are a member of the Rosacea family.

Some common names for Saskatoons include Service Berry, Western Serviceberry, Juneberry, Western Juneberry, Dwarf Shadbush, Alder-leaf Shadbush, and Sugar Pear.


      • Heinonen IM, Lehtonen PJ, Hopia AI. Antioxidant activity of berry and fruit wines and liquors. J Agric Food Chem. 1998, 46, 25–31. Pubmed.
      • Juríková T, Balla S, Sochor J, Pohanka M, Mlcek J, Baron M. Flavonoid profile of Saskatoon berries (Amelanchier alnifolia Nutt.) and their health promoting effects. Molecules. 2013;18:12571-86. Pubmed. doi: 10.3390/molecules181012571.

Why We Are Certified Organic

We don't just say we grow organically, we are certified Organic. This means our farm and operating procedures are inspected, approved and certified Organic by Washington State's Department of Agriculture. Sure it takes us extra time and work to meet Washington's strict organic requirements, but we think it is worth it for our customer's peace of mind.

Growing organically requires more than not using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Plow Maker Farms has sustainable growing practices that improve our soil, create habitat for wildlife, and leave the land better than when we started farming. We take the time to certify our farm so you know you are getting the very best organic berries and produce.