A Trip to the Berry Barn

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Anything but a barn.

It’s berry, berry good

A mere ten-minute drive south from Saskatoon, the Berry Barn has been a Valley Road Community staple for decades. Between the greenhouses, the river view, The Berry Patch, and the restaurant, there’s truly something for everyone.

Throughout the spring and summer months their greenhouses are positively bursting with plants of every sort, giving the opportunity to support a local company while sprucing up your space. They have dozens of succulent types if you prefer low-maintenance plants, they have bulbs for the planning types, and plenty of arrangements to make your decorating job that much easier. Come this time of year many of their plants and garden decorations get put on sale, so if you’re looking to give your place a splash of colour (or if you’re weird like me and have already started your Christmas shopping) The Berry Barn is a great place to start.

The restaurant on the property has some of the best cottage cheese perogies out there, and their farmer’s sausage with traditional cream gravy will leave you wanting more for weeks. They’ve made the effort to cater to dietary restrictions by having a few gluten free options which you can find on their website alongside their fall specials. Their website also outlines that they “avoid pre-made, processed foods in order to provide you with a unique and high-quality product” each and every visit.

True to their theme, The Berry Barn uses locally grown Saskatoon berries in over a dozen dishes and drinks. They’re a main feature in the dessert section, and can be seen in their scones, pie (sugar or Splenda options), ice cream, and in dessert perogies topped with cinnamon. If you’d prefer to enjoy the local staple in your meal, it comes as a salad dressing that can also be bought by the bottle in their gift shop, and in their Saskatoon berry BBQ chicken wings. Their Saskatoon berry milkshakes are decadent to say the least. If you prefer a lighter beverage try their special Saskatoon berry lemonade or iced tea, and if you’re there on a particularly chilly day their hot Saskatoon berry cider will warm you from the inside out.

he gift shop in the front of the barn showcases locally made jewelry, seasonal clothing, plenty of trinkets to take home as souvenirs, and freshly made goodies from their bakery. Their Saskatoon berry vinaigrette is available for purchase, as well as many other jams, jellies, and toppings perfect for gifting to others or keeping treating yourself.

Catering to the season, The Berry Barn has partnered with Spring Creek Gardens to create a Farm to Fork menu available on weekends from 4:30 p.m.  to 7:30 p.m. until the end of October. They’ll also be holding a Thanksgiving buffet – reservation only – on Oct 13 and 14, where you can fill yourself to the brim with classic holiday favourites spiced up with local ingredients.

The Berry Barn’s website, https://www.berrybarn.ca/  is home to their blog, which is full of easy reads on everything from garden planning to gift ideas, seasonal activities, and the health benefits of specific berries. They also post recipes so if you’re unable to make it out to enjoy their cuisine as often as you’d like, you can have a little taste of heaven at home.

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