Goji blossom

Goji berries ripening

Elderberry blossoms Aug. 1, 2015

Elderberries Sept. 24. 2016 zone 3

Highbush Cranberries
Highbush Cranberries Aug. 8 2016 zone 2

Cold Hardy Fruit Trees and Products for Sale

Goji Berry Plants

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Lycium barbarum Goji (Wolfberry). The berries are reported to have a very high level of antioxidants, especially carotenoids, and can help the body adjust to stress and change.

Coming from high altitudes, the plant is hardy, easy to grow and maintain, and drought tolerant once established. Keep new plants moist until there is 6-8 inches of new growth. Then reduce watering, more for sandy soil, less often for heavy soil. Goji plants need well-drained soil with a pH of 6.8 or higher, and to be safe, should not be fertilized. Extra nitrogen may even kill them.

Like most fruit plants, they prefer full sun. Plants are large shrubs that can grow 7-10 ft tall. May want to trellis/support the long floppy stems or pruning the tips after a couple feet of growth will keep the plant shorter and thicker and produce more flowers and fruit. The numerous trumpet-shaped flowers seen in early summer develop into bright red berries by late summer. Flowering and fruiting will continue until the first heavy frost. Plants flower the year after planting with maximum fruit production in the 4th or 5th year.

USDA zone 3-10 but top branches may winterkill during severe zone 3 winters and regrow in the spring.
Plant shipped may be just a bare root - looks dead but very viable!

DIY Home Growing Tips Video
Plant Abundance Growing Tips
Goji in northern Minnesota videos: Fall Spring
Growing notes
Planting Tips video, MISA info, Wikipedia
Note that we haven't had the greatest success getting much fruit off goji in our zone/conditions. It's more of a novelty bush for us. It is common to eat the leaves in soup in Asia.

Goji Berry 1-2'

Elderberry Plants

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Sambucus canadensis American Elderberry, grows 10-12 ft. tall and produces abundant dark purple berries in the fall. Our varieties (Adam II, Bob Gordon, Ranch, Wyldewood) were selected for their large berries and abundant yields. Yields are improved when two or more varieties are planted.

USDA zone 3-8. Note Wyldewood may experience winter die-back in zone 3 and regrow.
UVM production manual * Cornell Univ info * Missouri Extension * Elderberry Possibilities U Missouri Extension * Notes on Pruning Methods * Fotos * Toxicity info, * Survey of benefits * de-stemming
Elderberry presentation with handouts and class notes
Free History of Elderberry Course from growelderberries.com plus Courses for Commercial Growers
* Recipe Gallery ***

Regarding Adams I and Adams II: they were both "discovered" at the same time by William Adams (hence the name) in 1915 and released in 1926. Adams II has smaller berries but they are more productive than Adams I. Adams I had greenish stems and Adams II has reddish stems. Growers in the Midwest usually chose Adams II because they are more productive and were the one that performed better in the research trials in the midwest.

Bob Gordon has large berries and high yield with later, unevening ripening, Adams II has medium sized berries and high yield with early, uneven ripening, Wyldewood is a smaller berry with sweeter taste, and early ripening Ranch is a general all-around good bush with even ripening. See videos Oklohoma Gardening and Blue Fox Farm, Missouri

1-2' plants are pruned to about 20" tall

Adams II - our favorite for zone 3 as seems to ripen earliest

Elderberry Adams II 1-2' tall

Bob Gordon
Elderberry Bob Gordon 1-2' tall

Elderberry Ranch 1-2' tall

Elderberry Wyldewood 1-2' tall

European elderberry - Sambucus nigra subsp. nigra

- vigorous bush with large berries, a European selection that does grow well in the Midwest (most don't)
- as with most European genotypes, 'Marge' does not fruit on first-year wood, so be patient, but it is worth the wait as future yields outperform the North American varieties.
- In Missouri, "'Marge' achieved budbreak later, flowered earlier, suffered less Eriophyid mite damage, was taller, produced larger berries, and yielded significantly greater amounts of fruit compared with all eight American elderberry genotypes in the study... Fruit harvest occurred at about the same time as most American genotypes." ref: NIH article 2015
- USDA 3-8 (but trialing in zone 3 to see if it ripens before first frost)

Elderberry Marge 2yr


"Glam Jam"
Omaha Wine
Oatmeal cookies

Aronia melanocarpa Viking Aronia, grows 8 ft. tall and produces abundant dark purple berries in the fall. White blossoms adorn the glossy green leaves in the spring. Foliage turns brilliant red in the fall. Berries are very high in anti-oxidants. Zones 3-7 but exposed branches susceptible to winterkill in zone 3. Viking needs 800 chill hours, so probably wouldn't bear fruit in zone 8 (how-far-south-can-aronia-be-grown).

A dry, meaty berry that ripens in the fall, it freezes/processes very nicely. Delicious alone (for those who have acquired the taste!), or make a jazzy jam with fresh Ginger, Lime zest and juice, Aronia, and Maple syrup. More recipes & general info at superberries.com
Note that this berry has a flavor that tastes great in smoothies with dairy products that dissipates the astringency that is similar to chokecherries. Aronia has edible seeds and a tough skin that softens with cooking. In addition to the great health benefits, this berry is the easiest to harvest of all our fruit. Bushes can yield 10-30 lbs and the firm berries do not spoil on the bushes. You can leave them on until late fall. Then the clumps of berries are very easy to pick.
More Info:
Montana State video 2021
Iowa State, Cornell, UMaine, Minnesota MISA Harvard Arboretum.
Health article 2015

Viking Aronia - grows to about 10'x10'. Rejuvenate and control size by pruning at base

Viking Aronia 8-18" tall

McKenzie Aronia - grows to 10+' tall, best selection for shelterbelt as taller and bushier than Viking with slightly larger berries that taste very similar to Viking. Originated at USDA plant breeding program in North Dakota (first planting 1976, released 2008)

McKenzie Aronia 8-18" tall

Kiwi Vines

  • How to grow kiwi: Oregon State, New England, Cornell, U of Minn
  • How to Fertilize kiwis - gardeningknowhow.com
  • Pruning Kiwi growing up a chain link fence and T trellis - Video in English from Clematis company in Poland
  • Pruning Kiwi growing up a brick wall - Video from Rustica magazine, France
  • Pruning Kiwi growing along a low 2 wire trellis - Video from Jardiner Malin
  • Building a trellis Oklahoma Gardening
  • GBS-Based Deconvolution of the Surviving North American Collection of Cold-Hardy Kiwifruit (Actinidia spp.) Germplasm 1/26/2017
  • Buy fresh kiwi berries at Kiwi Organics Farm, Danville, PA.
  • Male/Female flowers Te Ara New Zealand
    NOTE: Leaves are not tolerant of frost. Vines will likely rebound and send out new leaves. More info
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    Various unnamed kiwiberries
    U Minn Video

    Red Beauty blossom
    (female kolomikta with
    multi-branched pistil)

    Geneva female hardy to -25F, USDA zones 4-9, medium sized tasty berries, use Meader male for each 5 female. Grows at Chicago Botanical Garden
    Geneva kiwi arguta female

    Meader male kiwi companion for Geneva female
    Meader kiwi arguta male

    Actinidia kolomikta Red Beauty - female. Use one "Arctic Beauty" as the male pollinator per up to five female "Red Beauty". Other kiwi male varieties may bloom too late to pollinate Red Beauty.
    USDA zone 3-9. NOTE: Leaves are not tolerant of frost but vines will likely rebound and send out new leaves.

    Red Beauty female kiwi 2-year-old bare root

    Actinidia kolomikta Arctic Beauty - male. Use one "Arctic Beauty" as the male pollinator per up to five female "Red Beauties". Other kiwi male varieties may bloom too late to pollinate Red Beauty.
    USDA zone 3-9.

    Arctic Beauty kiwi (male) - 2yr
  • Arctic Raspberry Plants

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    Rubus arcticus L. subsp. x stellarcticus Arctic Raspberry (also known as nangoonberry) is prized for its attractive flowers and abundant, flavorful diminutive red fruit on thornless stems. Spreading by rhizomes, they are great for a ground cover in flower beds, the plants grow to a mature height of five inches tall.
    USDA zone 1-7.
    Two companion varieties are included in each order for maximum pollination. Please note just like wild strawberries, the fruit is very small. Gardening Know How Tips says they like full sun. Also see: Alutiiq Museum info.


    Arctic Raspberry 2-Pack

    Pequot Lakes Brambles

    More info: Resilient Living Video   :
    with Jim Fruth at Brambleberry
    Farm, Pequot Lakes, MN

    Pequot Lakes Black Raspberry - From northern Minnesota, but grows great in zone 2, Alaska down to zone 6! Very intense flavor, a favorite for preserves! The canes resemble blackberry canes, 10' long with rugged pricklies, but not as bad as blackberries. Best plant at least 3' apart and trellis these vigorous plants. Best in full sun but shade tolerant.

    SOLD OUT - To be put on wait list for June or fall 2023, please Contact Us

    Highbush Cranberry

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    Viburnum opulus var. americana Highbush cranberry produces small white flowers which turns into bright red fruit, suitable for processing into jams and jellies. The bushes grow to a mature height of fifteen feet tall. Member of the Caprilfoliaceae (honeysuckle) family.
    Self pollinating.
    USDA zone 2-7.

    Minnesota Seasons
    Minnesota Wildflowers
    U Maine info

    Highbush Cranberry 2yr

    Berry Good Products

    All berries are picked from our naturally grown orchard (no herbicides/pesticides) Please note that items are normally shipped UPS or Priority Mail with tracking, with a delivery time of 3 days or less, but sometimes are delayed. We freeze berries in vacuum sealed bags. Berries will be thawed upon arrival. Thawed honeyberries release most of their juice as they have very thin skin.

    HoneyberryPint.jpg Frozen Honeyberries Direct from our farm. Naturally grown. Juice/wine quality (some stems/leaves)

    4 gallon food grade bucket approx 22# - $200+$40 s/h via UPS, partially thawed upon arrival

    Honeyberry Syrup
    made from HoneyberryUSA berries, commercially available from Hidden Pond Farm.

    We are happy to partner with Sweet Prairie Haskap Juice
    - made from Canadian haskap mailed from their American shipping site (minimum order 1 bottle = $24.99 + $8.30 shipping)

    Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens

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    Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens "is a comprehensive full-colour handbook for growing fruit in cold climates that is aimed at the home gardener. Includes a detailed map and reference guide to zones, hardiness, planting time, and best practices to ensure growth and survival. From pincherries to haskaps, tree fruits to vine fruits, and everything in between, renowned horticulturists Bob Bors and Sara Williams delve into the science of growing and maintaining fruit plants for northern gardeners." Call the University of Saskatchewan bookstore - 306-966-2904 - to place your order. Price: $39.99 + approx $21.95 shipping Canadian funds

    Cooking with Wild Berries & Fruits


    The first North American cookbook to include Sweetberry Honeysuckle!
    (a.k.a. honeyberry/haskap Lonicera caerulia L.) The picture on the cover is of a Utah serviceberry. Too many other delicious wild berries and fruits to mention here are included in this attractive, easy to follow, spiral bound collection of recipes.

    For more great books by author Teresa Marrone check out books such as Common Backyard Weeds of the Upper Midwest.

    Other favorites


    Spearhead Spades We really like the efficient design of the head and they come with a super sturdy, lightweight, long or short handle

    One Scythe Revolution - One good scythe per farm, could revolutionize small-scale farming

    Bug Bane - Mary's special mixture of essential oils keep those pests away while softening your skin.

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