Recently I had the good fortune to head down to DNA Gardens outside of Elnora for their Saskatoon Festival along with three of my girlfriends. The day started with Judy taking us down to a duck herding from Jill Brodie with her wonderful sheepdogs, so educational and entertaining, the crowds loved it. We then grabbed some lunch; Saskatoon & Brie grilled cheese sandwiches with delicious soup and Saskatoon flatbread, which was delightful. We were hungry, and after being out in the hot sun, it was so lovely to enjoy our meal in the shade with music in the background and some locally brewed cold beer to quench our thirst.
No sooner had we finished our meal and stretched our legs than it was off on a wagon tour of the orchard. Our guides were the owner's Dave and Delidais; they were a wealth of information and natural storytellers, making it an enjoyable tour. Fun fact, did you know they nurture more than 17 different varieties of Saskatoons. We had a great time sampling some of them; my personal favourite was the Smoky, large, round and oh so sweet, just waiting to be made into a pie.
Then we were back to the yard, where we relaxed and indulged in a tasting of their delicious wines and liqueurs. I have to say I was impressed; each one came with a back story. Although my favourites were sold out that day, I managed to score some Sparkling Tart Cherry Black Currant Juice (so tasty) and their Prairie Harvest Cherry Liquor, incredible over ice cream or an after-dinner aperitif.