Serviceberry Harvest Guide
Serviceberries may have many names (juneberries, Saskatoon berries, shadberries) but they all share the same sweet taste.
What they look like:
Small, blueberry-like berries, red to dark purple, growing on a large shrub or small tree (less than one storey tall).
When they’re ready:
Mid June to mid July in Toronto
Pictured above: purple and red berries ready to harvest
When to contact Not Far From The Tree to schedule a pick:
We’ll need some advance notice to schedule your pick, so please submit a fruit pick request 3-5 days before your fruit is ready. A good time to get in touch is when 1/3 to 2/3 of the berries have turned purple.
You’ll know they’re ready to harvest when…
When the berries turn purplish-blue and taste sweet.
Pick entire bunch by hand, then strip berries off to remove stems. Focus on the berries that are purplish-blue to purplish-red, and leave any white and pink berries on the tree.
Serviceberries will continue to ripen off the tree. If the berries are fully ripe, refrigerate right away. If the berries aren’t yet ripe, leave them at room temperature or place in a paper bag to ripen. Keep an eye on the berries as they can go from unripe to rotten quickly!
Check out our Fruit Guide for harvesting details for other local edibles.