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Summer FruitCast at King Orchards near Traverse City and Petoskey Michigan

Summer at King Orchards

Here at King Orchards, we have been working diligently throughout the year to provide you with the premier produce of the summer. Our trees have been trimmed, equipment cleaned, and staff hired to ensure that your King Orchards experience is nothing less than a great time. So here is an update on the farm, the family, and the fun.

New on the Farm…

We are entering our 37th summer harvest! Even though we’ve been around for a few decades we keep adding new to the lineup of fun and delicious. We are very excited for our NEW strawberry patch that started producing sweet and red berries over the weekend. This is our first year with our OWN strawberries and we cannot harvest them fast enough. As of right now, there are no u-pick strawberries but that may change as we get further into the season. The bakery is already running full speed and producing pies, breads and snacks daily. Stop by for a strawberry rhubarb pie before they are gone! As we look ahead to July, we are expecting a great crop of sweet and tart cherries as well as raspberries. It’s a little early to estimate a start date, but we always hope to have some in the fruit stands by July 4th and U-Pick within a few days of the holiday. Our guys can’t wait to get the pitters running for all of you smoothie drinkers that have used up your stock of frozen, pitted cherries from last year. As for apricots, nectarines, peaches, and plums; it looks like we have a medium sized crop out there and U-Pick availability will be determined at a later day. Our vegetable patch is also looking good. We can already tell that John’s sweet corn is going to produce some of the best corn we’ve ever had.

To wrap things up, it’s looking like we are going to have a stellar summer. We can only encourage everyone to swing by one of our markets located on US-31 or M-88 to experience it for yourselves. Feel free to head to US-31 to chat with Rose about the best recipes for pie or M-88 to check out our new strawberry patch. After all, memories are made at King Orchards.

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Did you know our M-88 Market is open year ’round? _jk_9816

Come warm up at our Central Lake Market this winter. We will be offering apples and squash through Christmas as well as dried cherries, frozen fruit, cherry juice concentrate, apple cider, honey, syrup, and other assorted farm goodies year ’round! King Orchards is the perfect place to do your local Christmas shopping. As Betsy always says, “Apples make great gifts!”.


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Northern Michigan ProduceNorthern Michigan produce is at its peak! Tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers and pickling cucumbers along with all kinds of good veggies from the garden are in the fruit stand. It’s time for fresh salsa, gazpacho, and 31-mktpaella.

If canning is your passion, now is the time to preserve this summer’s harvest or live in the moment with a perfect BLT. The first peaches are starting to roll into the market and apricots and nectarines are in full swing. The first apples are just around the corner.


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Tart Cherry time is now! It’s a limb busting year with every branch loaded to the max. The fruit is bright red and full of flavor. Come out and pick you own Montmorency tart cherries. Our cherry pitter is running full speed at our M-88 Market and can pit all you can pick. It’s as easy as pie if that’s what you want to make. These pitted cherries freeze nicely and can be used in endless recipes. Today I heard about Cherry Clafoutis for the first time. I’m going to go home and try to make this rustic French desert. Check out the recipe I found.


Our Tart Cherry Pitter in Action.

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Homemade Thanksgiving Pies from our Family to Yours…

Pre-Order Your Thanksgiving Pies

  • Apple- $12.00
  • Caramel Apple Walnut- $13.00
  • Cherry- $14.00
  • Cherry Crumb- $14.00
  • Pumpkin- $12.00
  • Cherry Raspberry- $15.00
  • Triple Berry- $15.00

Thanksgiving pies available now- Caramel Apple Walnut PieOrder Deadline- Please place order by 5:00pm on Tuesday, November 24th.

Pick Up Information- Pick up from noon until 5pm at our M-88 Market or US 31 Market

Call or stop in to order

US 31 Market: (231) 264-0715

M-88 Market: (231) 544-6479

These pies are made fresh in our bakery daily. Our bakery is open May through November. We also offer frozen pies at our M-88 Market throughout the winter.

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Saucing Saturday November 21st

apples for saucing saturdaySaturday, November 21st, King Orchards will be hosting our annual Saucing Saturday & Craft Fair at our M-88 Market. We will be peeling, coring, and slicing apples for FREE for any customer that buys a 1/2 bushel of apples. The craft fair will run from 9am-4pm.

This is an event people wait all year for. How much easier could it get to make your own apple sauce? People say the best part about this is that they get all their apples peeled and don’t even have to clean up their kitchen afterwards!

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 A Great Pumpkin Harvest this Year!

John King is so excited about our pumpkin harvest this year! He sought out the best seeds to grow the biggest and best pumpkins! We have a huge crop this year so be sure you stop in and take a look.

Halloween is almost here and we’re getting in the spirit. Nothing gets you ready for a spooky night of fun more than drinking a little apple cider, picking out a jumbo pumpkin and then celebrating with a caramel apple.


82 pound pumpkin harvest









82 pound Pumpkin



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Posted on Sep 16 under Events at King Orchards, In the Markets

Our 2nd annual Saucin’ Saturday and Craft Show will be November 21st, the Saturday before Thanksgiving at our M-88 Market. For those of you who have not attended, we will peel, core, and cut your apples for FREE when you buy any 1/2 bushel of apples. Please call to sign up for one of our half hour time slots. We will also have a craft fair. Please call to sign up to be a vendor.


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Canning Tomatoes are at their Peak!michigan canning tomatoes

We have excellent fresh produce right now in our markets! We have beautiful canning tomatoes from Iott Ranch & Orchard. We have them available for $14.99/half bushel. We also have slicing tomatoes available.

We have a variety of peppers available for all your salsa needs plus green peppers available by the half bushel!

The corn is great right now, fresh from our fields. We have bushels available (65 ears) for $18 so now is the time to freeze some!


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bay city sweet corn means king orchards' sweet corn is comingBay City sweet corn means Michigan veggie season is here! Our market is full of fresh veggies from Michigan farmers as well as our own cucumbers and pickling cucumbers. It is definitely time for a fresh BLT with romaine from VanDyke Farms and tomatoes from Iott Ranch and Orchards. Bay City sweet corn just arrived and is sweet and delicious!

We still have sweet cherries in our markets and the quality is still great. Tart cherries are available for u-pick at our M-88 Market and our pitter is up and running. Apricots are slowly trickling in to the market as they get ripe.

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