We are starting off the year with new love for life in the orchard. It has given us a wonderful environment during the 2020 winter. Sheryl has made many new pieces of artwork for our small gallery at the orchard.
The preserved fruits have been a constant part of our dinner menus during the winter. Our favorite is icy, semi frozen fruit sitting atop a hill of fresh greens. We collect sherry and balsamic vinegars for the vinaigrettes.
Pruning is underway. The winter has been extremely mild. Stay optimistic, a fabulous season will unfold. We look forward to seeing our many visitors during this summer 2021. Happy New Days to all.
We are watering, irrigating, and watching our Sweet Cherries grow. Farmer Dan is trying to produce our biggest crop ever. This year, they seem crisp, juicy, and lovely. Fragrant.
We will begin u-pick in the next two weeks. Serenity is here. The air is clear and the weather is comfortable under our mountains. Call Dan at 406-871-5499. He will start appointments after July 20. Our sweet cherry season will last for 3 to 4 weeks.
Our Peaches look very good this year. We are excited about peaches. They will ripen in August. Plums are nice and will come on in August, too.
We have several luscious Plum Varieties. Share our joy with us this crop season at the Orchard. Flathead Lake, East Shore, Montana.
You may have heard that we cannot ship cherries this year. Our rural post office was very honest with us. The Postmaster said they cannot guarantee timely deliveries. Come visit.
If you would like us to pick lugs for you, we will. You may call for pick up.
Orchard Visuals today: Our fruit is always clean, fresh, sustainable. Local and clean practices for our great customers. July begins our season through October. Ahead: Peaches, Plums, Pears, Apple Picking time.
Winter Comes. Until the cold, we enjoy a beautiful fall. We are busy roasting apples and enjoying our first pies. The orchard is open for our great customers. Call Farmer Dan at 406-871-5499 for a time to visit. On Flathead Lake’s East Shore in Montana.
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!
Prime sweet cherries, peaches, plums, pears, apples, berries, events. Located in Montana at Flathead Lake, Yellow Bay.