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.
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.
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.
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. Our 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.
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.
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.
Our Cherries are happy this year. They will grow another three weeks for size and sweetness. Our expected harvest is around July 6. We will ship cherries around July 10. Grateful for another beautiful, bountiful harvest.