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.