I’m on the planning committee for our family reunion that will take place next summer. It’s a big job. No, it’s a HUGE job. There’s emails to send out, registration forms to organize, phone calls to make, money to collect, halls to look at, caterers to try, games to organize, a band to book, hotels to reserve, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many little details that need to be decided upon, that there is no way that one person could do it all by themselves. Believe me, it takes a team to plan a family reunion. It’s like planning a wedding, but you invite relatives that you would not normally invite. No one gets left behind.
So far, we’ve got family members attending that hail from one coast of Canada to the other, and as far south as Florida. That’s means there’s family coming from all over North America! We want them to come and experience our wonderful city and enjoy visiting with relatives that they may have never met before. Third, fourth, fifth cousins, once and twice removed! The list is seemingly endless.
Some of our relatives have never been saskatoon picking. Can you imagine such a thing? Shocking, I know! Saskatoon berries are native to western Canada and north-western United States. They are similar to a blueberry in color and size, but saskatoon berries grow on tall bushes, where blueberries are found very low to the ground. Saskatoon berries are more tart than blueberries and have a less mushy texture. Not to dis the blueberry, but saskatoon berries are actually higher in protein, fiber, vitamin C, iron, and postassium than the blueberry. Saskatoons can be interchanged in any recipe that you would normally use blueberries and they are easier to pick. And I’m all about the easier to pick part! And secretly, I think they taste better than blueberries.
It’s a good thing that I have a cousin with a gazillion saskatoon bushes on his farm. Maybe we can plan it into our family reunion for everyone to go and pick some saskatoons while they’re here. In the meantime, I’ll bring this delicious lemon saskatoon berry crumble coffee cake to our next reunion committee meeting. Maybe I’ll convince them that saskatoon picking will be a good idea.
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