Posts Tagged ‘light sweet cherries’

Photos on the Home Page

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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.)

Photos on Home Page

Monday, June 20th, 2011

We (Dave & Joann Rennhack) took a farm tour on Sunday, June 19 to check out our crops.  I took a camera along, so you can see, too.    On the photos on our home page, our earliest sweet corn is pictured with Dave kneeling, showing that it is knee-high by Father’s Day in 2011.  The next photo shows some of our light sweet cherries, with bright yellow mustard (Dave uses special seed; it’s a natural biofumigant) in the background.  Can you guess what Dave is doing amongst the apple trees?  He is counting apples on a young tree, to make sure the fruit load is appropriate for the size.  These lush-looking apple trees will be producing SweeTango(R) apples around September 10 or so.  In the next photo are some early black sweet cherries, which will be much riper and darker in a couple of weeks.  The photo with the tall posts & wires shows some small, young sweet cherry trees that Dave is growing on a tall spindle system; right now they are supported by bamboo poles.  The sixth photo shows some little tomatoes coming along nicely.

The best apricots are here!

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

We have two great varieties of apricots ripening now–Harcot, with a punch of tangy-sweet apricot flavor, and Hargrand, baseball-size and juicily sweet!  We’re pretty much finished with light sweet cherries (the heat/humidity/rain did not help our last two trees), but have two varieties of black sweet cherries to finish picking.  We will have Montmorency (tart) cherries into next week, when we’ll add Balaton tart cherries to our offerings.  (Balatons are darker, firmer, and sweeter than Montmorency cherries.  They have a red juice and make great pies, as well as being very tasty for fresh eating!)  Enjoy the short seasons of fresh local fruit while you can!

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.

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