Posts Tagged ‘fruit’
Saturday, 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.
Friday, June 15th, 2012
Q: How did your crops do over the winter/spring?
A: With our three frost fans & extra care, we were able to save about 20% of most crops, overall. (Apricots & some specific orchard sites froze out completely.)
Q: How will you have enough fruit for the market?
A: We usually grow specialty crop fruit on our farm in large enough quantities to supply our market, and also to sell some to other farm markets. Our biggest crops (several varieties of apples, and tart cherries) are grown in much larger quantities, and we take the vast majority of these crops to processors.
This year, almost all of our specialty crop fruit will be sold only here at our market, and the processors will not be receiving as much fruit from us as usual.
Q: Why are your prices higher this year?
A: Although we have about 20% of a crop overall, our expenses are not that much lower (perhaps 80% of usual). Think about it: If you worked 50 hours/week at $10/hour, you would make $500/week. If you were able to pay your bills, and put a little aside, you’d be satisfied. But what if you had a pay cut, working 50 hours & only getting $100/week–would you be able to pay your bills? Even if you doubled that, you’d be unhappy. We aren’t even doubling our prices.
Monday, November 7th, 2011
Take the hassle out of the holidays–get our gift baskets for those hard-to-give-to people! They will love getting the gift baskets filled with tasty treats, and you can do it with a phone call (for shippable gifts) or a stop in to the market early in the season, so it is taken care of! From under $15 to over $50, our bags and baskets are good quality and good value, and they show that you care enough to shop locally!
Our gift basket guru, Margie, has put together wonderful baskets that have no-sugar-added items for those on special diets. Another popular option is the breakfast basket, with gourmet pancake mix, pure maple syrup, and more. Delight Mexican-food fans with a basket containing locally famous La Fiesta chips, local asparagus guacamole, and zesty salsa. The snack attack basket, filled with munchy treats, makes a nice gift for teachers, coaches, and office assistants. Need a gift for the boss or co-worker? We can take care of that, too! And if you are a business owner with special customers, save yourself time by giving us your list; we provide handmade gift tags with each gift, to add a personal touch! If you want to send fresh fruit from Michigan, we offer our apple shipper, which nestles each apple in foam for a safe trip to the recipient!
Just remember, early is better! You’ll enjoy the season more, if you take care of your gifts beforehand! We’re open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday through December 30 (closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day only).
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!
Monday, May 10th, 2010
As forecast, last night was even colder than the previous one. Dave, Jeremiah, and the Frost Fan Fraternity spent a long, cold night trying to protect the fruit from damage. It got down to 26 degrees F on our farm, which was cold enough to cause some damage. Of course, it’s still a long time until harvest, so we’re still talking about crop potential.
Dave checked a number of spots on the farm. The frost fans did a commendable job, with no apparent damage showing in the areas protected by the fans. So far, Honeycrisp seem to be okay, showing no damage. Our SweeTango(R) apple crop potential has been reduced by perhaps 10 to 20 percent. It’s clear where it got too cold for them; the lowest (coldest) spots totally wiped out the fruit. As far as cherries go, tart cherries have perhaps ten percent damage, and sweet cherries, perhaps 20 percent damage. We’re hoping for favorable weather from here on out!