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!