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!
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.
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.
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.
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