Winter Effects on the Orchard

With the memorable 2014 winter slowly coming to a close, the winter effects on the trees seems to be a question resonating throughout the orchard from concerned fruit lovers everywhere. I have been reluctant to write about the effects the winter has had on the orchard. We saw a low temperature of -18F which can […]

Sweet Cherries, Montmorency Tart Cherries, and Apricots

Well the rains that came early in the week were wonderful for most of the crops but they have a big negative side effect on the sweet cherries. When sweet cherries are getting ripe the sugar in them draws in water. The rain is absorbed through the roots but the cherry itself will draw in […]

Raspberry picking and Sweet Cherry picking

We received almost an inch of rain today. That is great news for the parched trees and crops. The raspberries finally are ripening and tomorrow (Tues July 9) will be an excellent day because so many berries are ripening for easy picking. They are $4.00/pint but deals can be had on a flat of 8 […]

Fruit for u-pick

I am pleasantly surprised at the fast pace of the ripening fruit. The raspberries will be open for u-pick in time for the Fourth of July. (Probably the M88 location will open first as apparently there are earlier varieties there.)

Cherry crop, picking, shipping.

The cherry crop is coming along beautifully. We received 8/10 s of an inch of rain last night which was very much appreciated. So cherries are sizing up. The sweet cherries are probably going to start around July 10-12. We will pick as early as we feel they are sweet enough and dark enough color. […]

Fruitstand Gossip

Things have been getting very busy around the fruit stand. We are still u-picking sweet cherries. We will be u-picking until atleast Tuesday, possibly longer. We will keep you updated on a for sure date in the next couple days. We got the sweet cherry pitter out today! It is one of the coolest things […]

? of the day

There is one question everyone is asking. How long will we be able to pick sweet cherries? This year is so odd that I can’t say. My hope is that we will be able to pick through to next week end. There is a lot of fruit out there and if it stays dry the […]

Cherry Picking Update

Crop Report Sweet Cherries:  There’s still plenty of fantastic sweet cherry picking available in both black sweet cherries and light sweet cherries (Queen Anne or Rainier cherries). Pick your own:  $1.50 per pound We pick: $4.50 per quart; $12.00 per 3 quarts; $30 per 8 quart flat; $36.00 per 20lb lug Raspberries: $4.00 per pint; […]

Sweet cherry picking starts today

To encourage lots and lots of Michigan cherry picking, we are rolling back our u-pick prices to 2006! We’re calling it our Cherry U-Pick Stimulus Plan (CUSP for those of you who love your acronyms). U-Pick Sweet Cherries: $1.50 per pound We-Pick Sweet cherries: $4.50 per quart We have a gorgeous crop of both sweet […]

Cherry-Glazed Baked Chicken

1 can (16-ounce) pitted dark sweet cherries 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1/4 cup honey 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 2 teaspoons hot mustard 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup dried tart cherries 6 (6 1/2 ounces each) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves […]