Join Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail to celebrate the mighty (and fleeting!) serviceberry with a special summer treat ("BLOOMINGDALE ICE"), available for ONE DAY ONLY -- Wednesday July 11 -- at Miko's Italian Ice locations in Logan Square (2236 N. Sacramento) and Bucktown (1846 N. Damen).
Serviceberries (aka Juneberries, or sarvisberries, or saskatoons) are plentiful up on the Bloomingdale Trail and throughout Chicago. The small, deciduous, shrublike trees produce white flowers in spring before fruiting with red to dark purple (the ripest) berries for a few short weeks in early summer. Tasting like a mild blueberry, the berries are slightly nutty and sweet, and make excellent jam and pies — as well as Italian ice! Join us to celebrate this seasonal fruit, in the Bloomingdale Trail tradition of making something wonderful out of something overlooked and taken for granted. All proceeds from sales of serviceberry Ice go to support Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, the community stewards of the Bloomingdale Trail.