Archive for June, 2010

Cherries–Black, Light, Sweet, Tart

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Cherry season is in full swing in Oceana County!  We are hand-picking our mid-season black sweet cherries for the market right now.  I’m picking our light sweet cherries and tart (Montmorency) cherries for the market, as well.  The 3 1/2 inches of rain we got last weekend means a lot of sorting is done in the orchard and at the market before you see them as good quality cherries in quarts, pints, or 20-pound boxes.  We always have free samples on our fresh fruit sample shelf (to the left, just inside the front door).  Sample what’s there every time you stop in, and become a connoisseur of fruit varieties!  We should have cherries for a couple of weeks yet, depending upon the weather.

We also pick our zucchini, summer squash, & burpless cucumbers fresh every morning for you!  We have apricots as they ripen.

Light Sweet Cherries Begin June 24!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Sweet cherry season is whizzing past at breakneck speed this year on our farm in Hart.  We have completed harvest of our earliest variety of black sweet cherries (Cavalier), and have been picking Kristen and Ulster, our mid-season varieties.  Beginning tomorrow, I will be picking light sweet cherries (we have several varieties) each day for the next couple of weeks (depending upon the weather).  We will have free samples of cherries at the market, so you can taste the varieties before you buy.  

Our two aprium trees have given us a few pints this year.  Tomorrow may be the last day for them (until next season); there aren’t any left on one tree, and the other has just a few.  They are tasty!

It has been busy on the farm!

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Come munch a free sample of black sweet cherries at our market in Hart!   All of that hot weather in Oceana County gave us our earliest black sweet cherries ever; we’ve been picking since June 17!  Our earliest variety of apricots have given us a few to sell, and I’ve picked a few pints of apriums (a lot like apricots, a little like plums) for the first time from a couple of young aprium trees.   Early starts to a season mean early ends to the season as well, so don’t miss your favorite fruits this summer!

Right now at Rennhack Orchards Market we have an interesting mix of crops (which typically don’t overlap so much).  We are midway through our earliest variety of black sweet cherries (Cavalier).  We are still enjoying nutritious asparagus grown by our neighbor, and our local strawberry grower expects about another week plus a couple of days of strawberry harvest.  Our earliest apricot variety has begun ripening; we don’t have huge quantities of apricots this year, but we will be picking our several varieties as they ripen for the next month or so.  We have two small aprium trees that have produced fruit this year; we’ll have a few pints for the next few days, if the weather cooperates.   We still have crunchy Honeycrisp, Mutsu, and Ida Red apples from last fall, which we kept in controlled atmosphere storage for freshness.  There’s no excuse for not getting enough servings of fresh fruit this time of year!  :-)

How close to ripe are they?

Friday, June 11th, 2010

If you look at our home page, you will see six photos showing how crops are growing on our farm in Hart.  You’ll see Dave thinning off some frost-scarred apples; we hope that the apples that remain on the trees will be great quality SweeTango(R) apples by the end of August!  The next photo shows our earliest sweet corn (with my cousin Jeff Hawley’s legs for reference); the old saying for sweet corn, “Knee-high by the 4th of July” doesn’t apply–it will be knee-high by mid-June!  Next is a tart cherry tree, then a light sweet cherry tree, and then a black sweet cherry tree.  The tart cherries and light sweet cherries are similarly colored yellow; the black sweets have started turning red.  We should have ripe sweet cherries around June 19, if all goes well.  The final photo shows our tomatoes, staked, mulched, and trickle irrigated.  They are blooming right now, so we have to be patient.  We expect ripe tomatoes around the middle of July this year.

EBT Cards now accepted at our market.

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Customers with EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards can now use them at our market to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, Country Dairy milk and cheese, and other nutritious and tasty items.  We are looking forward to serving more Oceana County area residents with quality Michigan foods!

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