Cherries Are Going Strong, U Pick Fun!

During the first week in August, we have large, beautiful cherries for U Pick.  No ladders here, just a nice lawn with many trees.  We heard about a place where ladders are needed and the only cherries are at the top of tall trees.  This is not the case at our orchard.  Dan will  help you to enjoy the full environment of the orchard.  We have nice red, dark sweet Lapins and Queen Annes or Rainier cherries.  There are still some raspberries.  Apricots are starting.  Apricots are not U pick, but Dan can get them for you.

This exciting cherry was found by one of our pickers.  In many years, we have never seen a perfectly halved cherry.  Half Lapin and half Rainier.  We thought it made for  a lovely photo.   If you are interested in a visit to our orchard, call 406-871-5499 for an appointment.  Daniel will help you.

1:2 cherry..5
Cherry from Getmans’ Orchard. 1/2 Lapin and 1/2 Rainier..a treasure find and rare, very rare.

We have survived Storms, Work: Shipping Tomorrow, July 19, 2016

We have had more good, prime, cherries than we expected.  We have ridden out several storms that could have caused problems, but did not.  Our harvest days have been more than we expected.  Tomorrow, we are having our last harvest day and shipping our boxes all over the country.  We are using flat rate, medium, U S Mail boxes.  They are guaranteed for two day delivery, but the fact is sometimes, it is three days.  These cherries will be, “just picked”, and should do well.

If you are in an apartment or in condos, etc., please find your box.  There are many times when managers tuck them away and so forth.  Work with your post office, sometimes they forget they have them in the building.

When your cherries arrive, rinse them in colanders.  Refrigerate and cool for awhile.  Good luck.


It’s Cherry Time…

Our harvest is scheduled!  I am making raspberry cakes in the kitchen.  We will begin on Friday, July 15, 2016.  Everyone is ready and the spare tire  for the trailer is new.  Dan has oiled up the ties and the bins will be picked up at Glacier Fresh Cherries in the morning.  They are the fine people who pack our cherries and send them to market. Our tart cherries are ready, too.  This means we now have u pick for raspberries, sweet cherries, tart cherries, and apricots will be ready next week.  Wish us well, the hours will be long, but we are ready to work!  Thank you!

Harvest Schedule Plans

Plans can change if it rains.  As of today, Wednesday, we plan to begin harvest at Daylight on July 15, Friday.  We will work Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  We will ship boxes on Monday, U S Postal Service.  They are guaranteed to arrive Tue, Wed, but some areas:  Thursday.

Our Lapins in a glamour pose. I love making their portraits.


Our summer cabin. We live here while we are building our bigger house. All is being tidied for harvest. Foxtail lilies are shining in the evening light.
Lillies in the stone garden help scent the air for our Harvest Celebration.



Tart Cherries are ready, too. The best cherry pies are made with the good sourness of tart Cherries. These are Montmorency. We cannot ship, “too, juicy”. We do allow U Pick for tarts. All of our trees are easily accessible.


Cherry Harvest Report July 10, 2016 Season

What are raspberries doing on the cherry report?

                                 Our cherries are still ripening.

Our weather has changed and we have had some mild, drizzle rains.  Cherries love the cooler weather.  They have relaxed and have begun to put on size again.  This means, instead of building sugar and preparing for harvest, they have slowed down. We are fine with this and have blow dried the orchard  four times with a helicopter. Our best guess, on this day, is July 15 for our upcoming  harvest.

To all of you who are waiting for cherries, watch this page.  We believe we have close to a week until the cherries have a Brix number that will indicate growth, sweetness, and color.  …..We will harvest when they are at their prime.

Now, regarding raspberries:

We are absolutely loaded with wonderful raspberries.  We are having u pick people at 4pm each day.  If you would like to pick raspberries, please call us at 406-871-5499.  We would love to see our raspberries in your refrigerator, too!

I have made jam and it is wonderful this year.