Photos on the Home Page

June 26th, 2012

I just took some photos around our farm in Hart, and they are now on our home page. You will see some big leaves and blossoms and a teeny little summer squash (soon we’ll be harvesting some. We have some zucchini getting ready now, but summer squash seem always to lag behind.). The three bright red cherries are Montmorency (tart/”sour”/ “pie”) cherries, ready to be harvested. We’ve been hand-picking some for the market since June 22, and will probably have some through the week of the 4th of July. Light sweet cherries and black sweet cherries are the next photos. We are hand-picking them currently, and will certainly have them through this weekend. Dave hopes we will still have some through next week (the week of July 4th) as well, but that depends a lot on the weather and demand. The next photo shows some apples sizing up; we hope that these will make the grade to be called SweeTango(R) in mid-August. The final photo shows our earliest sweet corn, in tassel and growing nicely. We expect to be eating some in mid-July!

Cherry Season is in Full Swing

June 25th, 2012

We are currently hand-picking our own black sweet cherries, light sweet cherries, and “sour” (the type used for pies, now called “tart”; the variety is Montmorency) cherries for our market. Try before you buy–free samples to your right when you come in the front doors. We also have blueberries from southwest Michigan.
Dave & the crew are starting to shake (mechanically harvest) the majority of our tart cherries today, for processing. We have quite a few acres, and it will be interesting to see how many pounds we get. (It will be a short year because of the spring freezes. The Michigan crop is estimated to be just 5% of a normal full crop, but Dave thinks we have perhaps 20-25% of normal–and they may “ton up” more because of the nice 2 1/2″ of rain we got a week ago, which helped the cherries get plumper.)

Tart (Montmorency) Cherries Start Today

June 22nd, 2012

I’m heading out shortly to pick some tart (Montmorency) cherries for the market. (Yes, we hand-pick all of the cherries we sell at our market.) We are picking black sweet cherries, and light sweets, too. You can enjoy free samples to try before you buy! All of the sunshine we have had this year has made the cherries extra-sweet! Don’t delay. . .eat some cherries today!

Get your local black sweet cherries now!

June 18th, 2012

Free samples of our own black sweet cherries at our market in Hart, so you can try before you buy! This year’s season will be as short as it’s ever been for us–and the earliest ever, too. Ordinarily, we would hope to begin our sweet cherry harvest by July 4th. This year, we expect to have harvested all of the cherries (tarts, too) on our farm by the end of June.

The rain we got yesterday was great for the sweet corn, & it looks as though our black golds (black sweet cherries) made it through without cracking. (If sweet cherries get rained on, they absorb the moisture through the skin. If there is too much moisture, they swell up too quickly and the skin cracks open.)

Trying again to navigate the computer & finish yesterday’s blog (Straight talk from the farmer)

June 16th, 2012

At Rennhack Orchards Market, we will not be buying fruit from other states to supplement what we have lost. The vast majority of fruit we sell will be our own, as usual. If we need more, we will supplement it with only Michigan-grown fruit, which we plan to get from other family farmers right here in Oceana County.

Vegetables: The good news is that vegetables should be available as usual. We have plenty of sweet corn, tomatoes, melons, peppers, squash, pumpkins and cucumbers plented, an expect to harvest good crops of all of them.

Timing: Vegetables should be available around the same time as usual. Fruits willl start about three weeks early, and will finish much sooner than normal.

Pricing: With the widespread damage to fruit this spring, quantities are very limited in Michigan and the Eastern U.S. At our market, we expect to have fruit priced about $.50 to $1/pound higher than normal. Quantity discounts will be rare, as quantities are very limited this year. We expect to have smaller package sizes available for many fruits, so customers can still afford to buy some of their favorites. We also will be offering our lower grade fruit (that doesn’t meet our top quality standards) at a lower price, for customers who would like that option.

Our promise is that we are going to do the best we can this year with what we have. We have done everything we could to save our fruit this year, and we continue to take special care to try to get each crop to harvest. We ask you to be patient during this challenging year, as we hope that next year will bring an abundant harvest once again.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

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