It is safe to say that juneberries are already widely appealing, and consumers are very ready to come to u-pick farms and farm markets and stands to get them. Chefs, wineries, and small-scale food processors are already conjuring uses for this tasty and unique fruit.
Since the summer of 2010, we have brought fresh and frozen juneberries to many hundreds of consumers for a taste.
Fresh juneberries are in short supply, and of increasing interest – everything from a truckload order from the West Coast to farm market patrons looking for a pint or two.
Here’s a summary of some of our marketing research:
Marketing juneberries / saskatoons as a new crop in the Northeast US: Consumer reactions and recommendations