In the heart of Saskatchewan, a quiet revolution in fruit cultivation is unfolding. Far from the traditional images of sprawling wheat fields, this prairie province has been a fertile ground for innovation and resilience in fruit farming for nearly a century. Beginning with the breeding of apples in the 1920s and the introduction of sour dwarf cherries in the 1940s, Saskatchewan has defied its bitterly cold winters to produce crops that many thought impossible to grow in such a climate.

Today, the fruit industry in Saskatchewan is thriving, supported by approximately 250 commercial fruit producers who cultivate around 900 hectares of land. These hardworking individuals harvest about 2,000 pounds of fruit annually, contributing significantly to the provincial economy with earnings between eight and nine million dollars, thereby injecting about $20 million each year into the local economy. This success story is a testament to the dedication and innovation of Saskatchewan’s farmers, who continue to push the boundaries of what can be grown in their challenging climate.

Despite the joys and rewards of fruit cultivation, the journey is not without its hurdles. Challenges such as crop failures, and the physical demands of traditional farming, can deter many from starting their own fruit gardens. Recognizing this, Over the Hill Orchards and Winery seeks to demystify the gardening experience, offering a simpler, more accessible approach to growing fruit. By embracing container gardening, enthusiasts can bypass much of the labor-intensive work, making it easier to enjoy the pleasures of home-grown produce.

Moreover, we are excited to share the fruits of the University of Saskatchewan’s 70 years of research and development with our selection of Dwarf Sour Cherries, known as Prairie Cherries™. These cherries are not only a testament to the ingenuity of local agriculture but also a health powerhouse, beloved for their high antioxidant levels and potential health benefits. Whether you’re seeking relief from conditions such as Gout, Arthritis, and Fibromyalgia, or you’re an athlete looking for a natural aid in post-workout recovery, Prairie Cherries™ offer a delicious and nutritious solution.

At Over the Hill Orchards and Winery, we are proud to offer a selection of fruit trees and plants for purchase each May, including older varieties that promise quicker yields. Join us as we dive deeper into the world of container gardening, uncover the benefits of Prairie Cherries™, and discover how you can start enjoying your own bountiful fruit harvest right in your backyard. Welcome to a world where fruit cultivation is not just possible but thriving in the heart of Saskatchewan.

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Dean created a container gardening course for just that. Growing your own food is very rewarding, but many people can get discouraged by crop failures and the amount of time and physical demands that is required. Let us introduce you to the secrets of container gardening where much of the back breaking work is eliminated, leaving you a growing system that is simple, successful, and a lot of fun!

The cost of this virtual course is $26.25. The course is hosted virtually, and will take approximately 11 hours to complete all modules. Click here to dig into container gardening!