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About King Orchards

We are a full service orchard in the heart of Northern Michigan growing a variety of fresh fruit that typically begin in June with strawberries and run until October with apples. We have two fruit stands for local sales, including fresh bakery items made with our own fruit. In addition to our fruit stands, you can also find us at Farmers Markets in and around Northern Michigan. We offer frozen fruit year round and a variety of frozen pies and bakery items.

Our M-88 Market is open year ’round but if you can’t make it to Northern Michigan, we ship Montmorency cherry concentrate, frozen cherries, along with favorites from our markets across the country all year long.

Brothers John and Jim King, along with their wives Betsy and Rose and their children, have been growing fruit in Northern Michigan for more than 30 years. We are a first-generation farming family, growing into the second.

We love the farming life and work hard to grow quality fruit. Our orchards are located on the northern edge of Michigan’s famed cherry growing region, atop glacier-formed ridges, and rolling hills near Torch Lake and Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay.

We actively grow over 140 acres of Montmorency tart cherries, in addition to Balaton cherries, black sweet cherries, apples, peaches, pears, apricots, plums, and nectarines.

The quality of our harvest is second to none. Our US 31 Market houses our bakery and is making fresh pies, cookies, muffins, jams, and jellies daily throughout the harvest season for both markets.

Our fruit goes directly into our bakery items and jams and jellies. When calling, you will ring the M-88 Market where your cherry juice order will ship from. Both markets offer u-pick and we pick fruit, bakery items, and other farm goodies.

We have embraced the differences from both these markets and the two locations together help to complete the King Orchards circle and offer convenience for our local customers.

King Orchards is a Family Orchard. Come visit for amazing baked goods, fresh fruit, and U-pick fun!

5 Responses

  1. Penn herb is very interested in stocking your products.
    I been telling them about you for years.
    Timothy Alicea Sr
    Philadelphia Pa 19137.

    601 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

  2. Hi,
    We are SW Michigan lavender farmers on a mission to place a cherry pit & lavender-filled therapy Xander Friend into the hands of every child in foster care nationwide. Since 2018, we have donated nearly 78,000, in our buy-a-Xander-we-donate-a-Xander program. We use over 8 tons of cherry pits, 70-8 oz (we could do your 1 oz packets & 12-32 oz montmorency Cherry concentrate, and 100 lbs of dried montmorency cherries. The sales of our non-Xander lavender products allows us to donate at the rate we do. We are interested in any wholesale program that you may have.

    Vic Bennett
    COO – Lavender Life Company
    616-481-3349 cell

    1. Vic,
      I have forwarded your message to Chelsea James, our sales manager. She will get ahold of you and let you know what we have to offer. Thank you for reaching out to King Orchards.
      Kristin Ebert
      Marketing Manager
      King Orchards

  3. Dear King Orchards Personnel,

    Are your cherries organic, or, heavily sprayed w/ any type of pesticide, and / or grown with conventional fertilizers? Conventionally grown Cherries are condidered one of the “Dirty Dozen” by EWG (Environmentsl Working Group), but, as a private, family farm, I’d like to know what I can expect from your products, as far as “pesticide load”/ fertilizers are concerned, before I buy them.

    Thanks for any information you can provide. I really appreciate it! I have a latent neurological disorder, so I really try to stay as organic as I possibly am able, as far as my diet & food choices are concerned.

    1. Kelly,
      We are very proud of our farming practices, and strive to take care of our land, our trees, and our community. We use a combination of regenerative, organic, and integrated pest management solutions on our farm. This combination of practices lets us take care of our farm the way that we feel is best. Because we farm in northern Michigan, where we get a lot of rain, use of certain fungicides is necessary to prevent mold on our fruit. In addition, we test our 100% Montmorency tart cherry concentrate every year for purity standards. I hope this answers your question.

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