Posts Tagged ‘Michigan’

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.)

Trying again to navigate the computer & finish yesterday’s blog (Straight talk from the farmer)

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.

Photos on homepage

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!

Make your life easier with our gifts

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).

EBT Cards now accepted at our market.

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!

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