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Posted on May 10 under Crop Updates & Orchard Talk

Montmorency tart cherries in Northern Michigan at King OrchardsBlossom Update

Apricots were the first to open, which is typical. They are already past their prime and dropping petals.

Sweet cherries have been opening slowly for a week or so. The cold weather has slowed the bloom so some blossoms will be in petal fall even as other are still opening over the next few days. There will be some white blossoms still over the weekend.

Peaches; Our varieties have small, nondescript flowers that will be open over the weekend.

Nectarines; Pretty pink bloom! These will be opening today and should be good through the weekend but we don’t have many trees.

Tart cherries are not open but I expect good blossoms maybe Friday-Sunday. These are a great variety to see in Northern Michigan and at King Orchards since they are planted in big blocks.

Apples are last and probably will start over the weekend and be strong next week.

Frost Update

We ran our wind machines Sunday and Monday night (these wind machine towers help to mix warmer air up high with cooler air down low to increase the temperature). We did get down to 26.5F in some low spots. At this point, I think damage is limited to some early sweets, early strawberries, and apricots. I can’t tell yet, but I think we are still on track for a very nice crop of everything. However, the asparagus froze out for this picking. We mowed the damaged stalks yesterday and we expect to grow the next batch by Sunday or Monday.


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Posted on Jan 30 under Cherry Juice, Crop Updates & Orchard Talk

In February, we celebrate Montmorency tart cherries during National Tart Cherry Month.

To help you celebrate National Tart Cherry Month with us, we are offering $9.99 flat rate shipping on your entire order in the contiguous U.S. (Alaska and Hawaii $9.99 flat rate shipping on a maximum of 10 quarts of cherry juice concentrate) throughout the month of February. Take advantage of this sale by trying out some tart cherry products you’ve had your eye on (my personal favorite is our dark chocolate covered dried cherries) or up your order from 3 quarts of concentrate to 5 quarts. As always, we are still offering free shipping on tart cherry capsules and 1 oz. packets of cherry juice concentrate.

A cherry isn’t just a cherry. #MontmorencyMatters

When you Choose Cherries, make sure you’re choosing the varietal Montmorency. Download the Road to Montmorency to to discover why the Montmorency varietal is the Cherry with More!

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Posted on Jan 04 under Cherry Juice, Crop Updates & Orchard Talk

Sale on King Orchards Montmorency Tart Cherry CapsulesUpgraded Cherry Capsules

As many of you know, we have recently upgraded our Montmorency Cherry Capsules. We have added more powder into every capsule (from 435 mg to 500 mg) and more capsules into every bottle (from 60 capsules to 90 capsules). For the month of January, we will be offering a sale on 4 bottles of capsules for $16.50/bottle + free shipping (regular price $16.99).

Coupon Code: capsules

Use this coupon code when you checkout online.

Shop Cherry Capsules Here

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Posted on Dec 28 under Crop Updates & Orchard Talk, Recipes

curry spiced nuts with dried cherries recipeThis easy recipe is the perfect appetizer to bring to a party!

This Curry Spiced Nuts with Dried Cherries recipe is easy to make and will be gone before you know it!


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup dried Montmorency tart cherries


Heat the olive oil in a large cast iron skillet.

Add the almonds, cashews and pepitas, then stir in the curry powder, cumin and salt.

Toast the nuts for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Stir in the dried Montmorency tart cherries and let the mixture cool.  Serve.

Recipe courtesy of Dara Michalski,

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Posted on Dec 27 under Crop Updates & Orchard Talk, Recipes

Oatmeal Dried Cherry Cookies

  • 1 1/4 Cups butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/4 Cups brown sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 Cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 Cup King Orchards Dried Tart Cherries

~Preheat oven to 375 degrees

~In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla.  Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, gradually stir into the creamed mixture.  Stir in the quick oats and dried cherries.  Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto un-greased cookie sheet.

~Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to completely cool.

***Tip:  Add chocolate chips, white chocolate chips or coconut to make them even more delicious!***


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Posted on Dec 02 under Crop Updates & Orchard Talk

We are making a change in our Montmorency Tart Cherry Capsules… a GREAT change! We are calling it the “Upgraded” version. We have added MORE powder in every capsule and MORE capsules in every bottle. NOW, instead of 435mg in each capsule, there is 500mg. NOW, instead of 60 capsules in every bottle, there are 90. The bottle size has not changed and neither has the capsule size, we have just taken advantage of the extra space so you can take advantage of this value! For the month of December, we will be offering our Upgraded Capsules at the same low price as before, $13.99/bottle + free shipping!

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Posted on Nov 16 under Crop Updates & Orchard Talk

Get ready for the holiday season with our annual Saucin’ Saturday event this Saturday, November 19th. As we peel, cut, and core apples for free, we will also be hosting a craft fair along with DIY holiday crafts for the whole family!

Need some ideas on holiday meals this year? We will have samples and recipes of all our favorite dishes along with cookbooks from the Central Lake Library (all cookbook proceeds will go to the library). Chef Roy’s famous smoked pork sandwiches will be available as well so come hungry!

Check Out the Saucin’ Saturday Flyer Here


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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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Posted on Oct 19 under Crop Updates & Orchard Talk
Pick Your Own Pumpkins at King Orchards

Pick Your Own Pumpkins at King Orchards

It is looking like another wonderful fall weekend to pick your own pumpkins and apples. Our pumpkin patch is bright orange and ready to be picked PLUS we have a super sale going on; Bushel o’ Pumpkins for $8.50 at our M-88 pumpkin patch when you pick them yourself! There is easy car access to park beside our pumpkin patch and wagons to help you get the pumpkins to your car.

Pick your own apples is still going on at our M-88 farm. This will probably be the last weekend to pick apples in the orchard, so get out while they are still on the trees. You can either take a walking tour through our orchard or drive right out to the apple trees.

After picking apples and pumpkins, warm up in our market with a glass of hot cider and a warm doughnut. Our freshly pressed, unpasteurized apple cider is a must try while visiting! To make our raw apple cider, we take hand picked apples, grind them, and run them through our old fashioned, rack and cloth press.


October 19th: Squash O’ Rama at our US 31 Market; Sample all our different varieties of squash and find out which is your favorite!

November 18th and 19th: We will be having our annual Saucin’ Saturday event at our Central Lake Market where we peel, core, and slice your apples for FREE when you purchase 1/2 bushel of apples. Call to sign up 231-544-6479


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Posted on Sep 17 under Crop Updates & Orchard Talk

This is going to be a great weekend for u-pick apples and raspberries! It is a good time to pick Macs, Galas, and the first of the Honeycrisp at our M-88 Market! The fruit is large and tastes great but there are some hail marks (we think they just made the apples sweeter). We also have raspberry u-pick available at both markets (fall is a great time for raspberries at King Orchards).

Italian prune plums coming in from the orchardu-pick apples at King Orchards in Northern Michigan

We have fabulous plums available in our markets as well as Bartlett pears. Castleton Italian Prune Plums are coming in now and Stanley Prune Plums will be coming soon. The sweet corn is as sweet as ever. We are huge fans of late season sweet corn! The winter squash is starting to roll in (Delicata is a must try this year and the employee favorite).

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