Category Archives: Orchard

We are shipping boxed cherries tomorrow, July 25, for arrival Friday and Saturday.

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!

 

2017 Harvest Season

A view of the Cherry trees to the south.
Cherries the week of June 24.
Cherry trees in our Eastern zone on this orchard.

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.

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.

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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.

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Orchard Cherries, June 28, 2016

Now, we begin our countdown.  Cherry Season and Harvest 2016, on Flathead Lake, in Montana.

This is a typical cluster today.  We are now passing straw color and into the reds spectrum.  Let us know if you want a shipped box, or, ” will call”.  These photos are Lapins, our dark, sweet cherry.  Queen Annes and Rainier Cherries will be ready earlier.   We will have some tarts to share.  U Pickers will come after harvest.  Call for an appointment any day at 4pm.  When the orchard trees begin to cool, it is a good time for picking. IMG_6888-branch-optimizedOur branches are loaded to the ground .  We are excited.  Much labor will go into this harvest, but it is something we enjoy.  We expect to give many people a great Orchard experience this year !  We will keep you posted as we progress towards our harvest and ship date.IMG_6870IMG_6874

Fencing, Weeding, Planting, Building

Rabbits began to find our new rock gardens in the vineyard.  The bunnies wiped out our fresh, spring radishes.  Dan has spent the last week, on his knees, fastening fine grid wire around the bottom of our acres of vineyard.  Let’s hope the snowshoe rabbits get our message.

This is the time we weed vigorously.  Great fruit trees and vines do not like weed competition.  Montana weeds are vigorous and it is a great challenge to keep our orchard beautiful and weed free.  After we have done our best, we use an agricultural vinegar to help us.  It takes a slow, hand application and patience.  We never use Round Up on our acreage.

IMG_6625   We are arranging shipping now.  Our cherry addicts would not be happy if we didn’t send out our cherries.   We ship dark, sweet, prime cherries on our harvest day.  Go to our order page if you are interested in cherries.  The price has been the same during the past ten years.  $35.00 a box.  This year, shipping, in the U.S. is $13.50.  This should be easy.  No complications, just call us or email.  We will help you.

It’s Harvest Time!

Throughout the year our work is aimed at one targeted goal.  The goal is Harvest, with a capital ‘H’.   It feels like we hold our breath during the entire  year.  Determination and hard work will not bring it forth.  Projections, outlines, practices, or statistical data bases can never make it happen.

The Cherries.
The Cherries.

To succeed, each and all of the elements, the luck, the efforts, the intentions, the science, the grace, the physical labor……Well, everything has to come together.   To us, it is a celebration and a miracle.

Welcome to our site.  Our pages will hold tips, info, recipes and our news.  Contact information is easy to find.  Our building project for our new Orchard House will be updated from time to time.  Preserve lists are here.  Call us for u pick, cherry orders, or if you would like to visit.

This orchard & vineyard inspires art making in the studio, by Sheryl Getman
This orchard & vineyard inspires art making in the studio, by Sheryl Getman