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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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peppersMichigan 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.Apricots-1

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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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Posted on Jun 15 under Crop Updates & Orchard Talk

We are looking forward to a fantastic crop of cherries for pick your own and already picked. The sweet and tart cherry trees are loaded with fruit! We are hoping to have sweet cherries available for u-pick and in our markets around July 4th and tart cherries around July 15th. We will have our sweet and tart cherry pitter available at our M-88 Market. We hope to see you soon!

Estimated Harvest Dates

Strawberries: June 16th (2 weeks)

Raspberries: Early July (through fall)

Sweet Cherries: Early July (2-3 weeks)

Tart Cherries: Mid July (2-3 weeks)

Apricots: Early August (2 weeks)


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52 kW solar field at King OrchardsHere at King Orchards, sustainability is something that we value and want to work towards. As stewards of the land, we realize the delicate balance between environment, weather and our livelihood.

In September 2015, to help improve sustainability, King Orchards installed a 52 kW solar field on our Creswell farm, behind the market on US-31 in Kewadin, Michigan. This installation is expected to generate more than 62,000 kWh per year. This is this first alternative energy source for King Orchards, but we hope to add more in the future.



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To celebrate National Cherry Month, our chef friends, Roy and Connor, offered to host a Cherry Themed Dinner highlighting this wonderful fruit.

Both Roy and Connor are regular customers in the fruit stand using our fruit in both their professional kitchens as well as their personal kitchens. In addition to hosting this wonderful dinner, they were able to get an excellent photographer, Michael Murphy, to come out and document the dinner and food.

Roy Ellison and Connor Dawson preparing the Cherry Themed Dinner

Roy and Connor

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