Posts for Crop Updates & Orchard Talk

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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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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Posted on Jul 08 under Crop Updates & Orchard Talk

pick your own sweet cherriesOur pick your own sweet cherries is officially open as of July 5th! There are lots of cherries to be picked out there! We also have sweet cherries available in our markets by the quart, flat, and lug. We are hoping to have pick your own tart cherries starting next week. This year we have a bumper crop of cherries so it is definitely the year to come cherry picking! Everyone is coming back into the market with smiles on their faces and buckets full of cherries. We hope to see you at the farm soon!

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Posted on Jul 01 under Crop Updates & Orchard Talk

sweet cherries 7.1.16Crossing our fingers for Monday, July 4th U-Pick sweet cherries just in time for the Cherry Fest in Traverse City! With some more sunshine, we should have picked cherries in the market on Sunday and U-Pick on Monday.

We have high standards for our fruit and want to get our customers deep, dark sweet cherries. This picture was just taken and they are still too red. You can’t rush Mother Nature! Feel free to call for an update or keep checking our website.

U-pick sweet cherries will be going strong by the weekend of July 9th. We have a fabulous crop this year. We are hoping to have tart cherries around the 12th.


U-pick sweet cherries will begin mid week (July 6th or so) and get better as the season progresses.

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