Whether you call them sarvis berries, serviceberries or saskatoon berries, they can be found throughout the Steamboat Springs area in late-summer and early fall. Local rancher and author Elaine Gay published this sarvis berry recipe in her 1990 cookbook, "Cowpokes, Cowpies & Otherwise: Recipes of the Old West."
5cupssarvis berries, blueberries can be used as a substitute
Juice from 1 lemon
Wash berries. Place in a 9 x 13-inch pan. Mix sugar and cornstarch; sprinkle over berries. Squeeze lemon juice over top; toss and let stand for 15 minutes.
Dot fruit with butter; pour water in one corner of pan and tilt pan so water covers the bottom.
Mix dry crust ingredients and add small amounts of water until dough forms a ball in the bowl.
Roll out crust and fit to top of pan, over berries. Sprinkle with sugar; slit crust to let steam escape.
Bake at 375 degrees until crust browns (about 30 minutes). Take care not to let berries cook dry. Add water as needed.
This and many more of Elaine's recipes can be found in a local cookbook, Fair Family Favorites – Celebrating 100 Years of the Routt County Fair.