Posts Tagged ‘local’
Monday, 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.)
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.
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
You can see the sweet corn growing in the photo on our homepage; Dave plants as soon as he can, to get the earliest corn! You can’t see the melon and tomato plants, as they are under cover to protect from frost. Notice the frost fan in the apple orchard (our frost fans helped a lot this spring). Our own Honeycrisp (and Mutsu, Jonagold, and Ida Red) came out of Controlled Atmosphere storage in excellent condition. Our gift basket corner features local and Michigan-made products, beautifully put together by Margie (our Gift Basket Guru). We have clean, fresh Oceana County asparagus, chilled & ready!
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).
Sunday, December 12th, 2010
We will have special treats for you at our market in Hart during our Open House from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. December 17-18! Munch while you shop for those local and Michigan-made Christmas gifts! Our staff can help you find gifts for that person who is hard to shop for! With a free handmade gift tag with each gift purchased, and a free gift bag when you spend $15 to fill it, you can take care of your shopping, wrapping, & gift tags in one easy stop! Be sure to check out the great sales on Christmas decorations, and look at the value-laden gift baskets that our Gift Basket Guru, Margie, has put together! We’ll be open from 9 to 6 every day except Christmas Day, through December 31.