We are keeping the fires burning while our trees remain dormant. Fences are watched, repairs are made after our significant winds this winter season. Sometimes a small ermine shows its face or a raccoon checks out the compost. Our Tibetan Terriers keep the orchard free of intruding coyotes or bigger, wildlife cats. The bears are sleeping. Our orchard birds are fed and the dogs get long walks. The kitchen is busy, big winter meals are cozy and relaxing. It is our time for artwork and the finishing on our house. We host friends and visitors for dinners. Our temperatures have been high. Generally, they have hovered around 34 degrees F. Last night, Feb.1, 2020, at midnight, our temperature was 47 degrees F.
These are salad bags from my freezer.
During high summer season, I prepare these bags with, just picked fruit. We love salads in winter. Greens are piled high and this semi thawed, icy fruit is perfect with a nice sherry or lemon vinaigrette.
We must confess. For the first time, (after thirteen years of farming the Orchard), we have traveled for fun, this winter 2019-2020. Our Tibetan Terrier, Ali Baba, shows in AKC dog shows. He is handled by our friend, David Murray. We visited Ali in October, December, and January We visited Arizona, Florida, and California. We enjoy his AKC, dog, Tibetan Terrier campaign. Our passion for Tibetan Terriers created a cause for us to getaway. We prepare, now, for Westminster in New York City. We were very fortunate, last year Ali won his breed at Westminster. He has brought us Joy. Here are a few photos of our very unusual winter trips. First Time Ever! We had to learn how to use a suitcase again.
We look forward to communicating with everyone when our crops and trees begin their spring manifestations. Expecting a great 2020 season!
We are shipping our cherries, around the country, on Monday, July 23. They are two day priority mail and should reach most addresses Wednesday. When you receive your cherries, rinse in a colander and chill. Alert your mail carrier, concierge or mail hub. Some states reduced mailing centers and the box may take an extra day. The cherries are so fresh, they should be fine. We are picking and shipping on the same day. Send a blessing to the mailing system. Enjoy. We love serving you. Thank you for supporting our orchard work. We try to grow the best cherries possible.
You will be receiving a French cherry called Lapin. Lapin is a word for rabbit. The logic in the name is because our trees have big, long eared leaves. The leaves shade the cherries and protect them from weather. The leaves are helping with the heating when necessary or the cooling of the cherry. Hale storms can’t even hurt our cherries. (usually), lol.
These cherries are grown in pristine air, and soil. They are watered with pure and lovely, crystal clear water.
Our cherries are beautiful and ripening. The Orchard always feels very fresh and alive at this point in our season. The trees are weeded and fed with excellent kelp. The lawns are moist, mowed, and trimmed. Terrific conditions for the best cherries. We expect the cherries to grow and darken in redness over the next two weeks. Our harvest may fall around July 17, 2018. Let us know if you want boxes shipped. (.. email, firstname.lastname@example.org…) Otherwise, we hope you will plan a visit to pick cherries. Here’s to a beautiful and happy new season. Getsome!
We are pruning during these April days. We celebrate springtime. Planting begins. The birds are nesting.
Our winter was long with much snow, but we did not suffer tree weather damage. We are excited to be able to proceed with some new plans this year. We hope to provide many good experiences for our customers this 2018!
Remember, “know your farmer”. Fresh and real food is always the best.
Raspberries will be our first fruit crop, end of June.
Use our website menu for particulars. Join us for a great New Season. Our customers are the best!
Cherry box shipping is tomorrow, July 25. When your cherries arrive, rinse in a colander and chill. Wish the USPS good luck. If your cherries do not arrive, contact your post office. Some carriers do not take all of their packages out to customers if their car is loaded with boxes..Let’s hope you are well and everyone is successfully enjoying cherries by the weekend.
We have great u pick at the orchard. Ready now are gorgeous Rainier Cherries, Sweet Cherries and Tart Pie Cherries. There are still a few raspberries left. Plan your own cherry, ” u pick”, time with Daniel at 406-871-5499. U pick before 11:00 am and after 4:00 pm. These are the beautiful times in the orchard and best for cherries. We want you to have a top experience.
Here is a photo, taken yesterday, of our wild Turkey, “Baba”. He is patrolling for bugs and is a very special albino turkey. Here’s to this year’s great 2017 harvest and a big wave to our great customers!
Cherry harvest will be when the cherries are ready. Our best guess is around July 20, 2017. We will announce our harvest date for each crop here. Raspberries are growing nicely and will be ready at about the same date.
Facts for our Cherry customers: Call 406-871-5499 to arrange for an orchard visit for cherries. These times are usually after 4 pm, when the fruit begins to cool down from the warm day. On weekends, we offer early hours. We try to work with everyone.
Cherries should be rinsed in cool water and placed in the refrigerator after you get them home.
Many people freeze cherries. They can be great as snacks and frozen with pits spread on a cookie sheet and then bagged. It can be great to have pitted, frozen cherries. They are very popular for smoothies, sauces, salads, and in many recipes.
If you are making a mail order from us: We will ship on our harvest day. We use two day mail. Alert for mail carrier when you know our ship date or before. It helps to have a caring and supportive mail person who will not leave the box for the next day but will make a bit of an effort to get them to you.
For directions on how to order cherries, see our Order page on this website.
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