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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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 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 Aug 14 under Crop Updates & Orchard Talk, U-Pick

Tree Ripened Apricots

As of 8/19, the u-pick apricots are looking good. There are quite a few on the trees but act fast before they get picked over! We will have these through the weekend.

These are a unique fruit for Michigan. If you have never had a fresh, tree ripened apricot, you are missing out! They have the texture of a peach and are as sweet as honey. Picking your own is fun for the whole family. They are easy to pick and can eat them right off the tree.


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Posted on Aug 12 under Crop Updates & Orchard Talk, U-Pick

fresh apricots from King Orchards in northern MichiganThe fresh apricots are starting to come into the markets.

We also have u-pick apricots available however they are ripening unevenly so please call before making the trip to u-pick. Apricots are the same price in the market as they are to pick.

At King Orchards, we offer some of the best, tree-ripened apricots you can find in Michigan. People come from all over to get a taste of this little orange nuggets of sweetness. Many people say, “I don’t like apricots” and our question is always, “Have you ever had a fresh apricot right off the tree?”. This little fruit that you can rarely find in the grocery store will knock your socks off! Check out our u-pick schedule so you can try these out some time!

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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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Posted on Jul 30 under Crop Updates & Orchard Talk, U-Pick

After an extremely plentiful and high quality crop, our sweet cherry u-pick season is coming to a close.

sweet cherry u-pick at King OrchardsWe held back the shaking crew as long as we could because the sweet cherry u-pick was so nice. The shaking crew did go through the sweet cherries at our M-88 Market yesterday so most of the cherries are off the trees, but there still is a few to pick that the shaker didn’t get off.

Fun Fact of the Day: We hand pick the majority of our sweet cherries and sell them fresh, however towards the end of the season we shake sweet cherry trees, just like our tart cherry trees. Then, we send these cherries off to processors who make them into black sweet cherry ice cream, black sweet cherry yogurt, and many other products.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this excellent sweet cherry crop!

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Posted on Jul 20 under Crop Updates & Orchard Talk, U-Pick

pick your own tart cherries

Pick Your Own Tart Cherries in Full Swing

Pick your own tart cherries is finally open! We have our pitter running full speed. The cherries are full of flavor and the picking is good. Pick your own tart cherries are $1.25 per pound.

Tart cherries are very perishable, so the best way to preserve these cherries is to pick them right from the trees, then have them pitted right after you pick them. This way, you can pop them in your freezer for pies, smoothies, and ice cream topping year ’round!

Sweet cherries are still available for pick your own. They should be available through the week but tapering off towards the weekend.

Tart Cherry Pitter

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U-pick Michigan sweet cherries are in full force! We have an abundant crop this year and the picking is great! Pick your own sweet cherries are $1.75/lb. The season should last for about 3 weeks.

Pick your own raspberries are slowly trickling in. The season is just getting going and will last throughout the summer. Check in for our daily update of raspberry u-pick.

Pick your own tart cherries should be starting around the 15th of July. We will have our pitter running!

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The crop of sweet cherries this year is huge! We are opening u-pick on July 4th. It is always a challenge because the cherries don’t ripen evenly so the first couple days are always a little slower and more selective picking. We want people to be happy with the cherries they pick, so it just takes a little more work. We want volume pickers to be aware that the cherries will be darker and possibly sweeter with each passing day. By Monday or Tuesday, cherry harvest will be in full force.

Tart cherries should be ready for picking around July 15th. We have a great crop of raspberries but they are slowly trickling in. Picking should be better by next week (7/7).u-pick sweet cherries

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Fall in Northern Michigan wouldn’t be the same without a walk through the orchard to pick your own apples! At King Orchards, we strive to make a fantastic apple picking experience for everyone. We grow dwarf apple trees and prune them specifically for u-pick apples to make it easy for people of all ages to pick. As of 9/19/14, we have Gingerold, McIntosh, Gala, and Honeycrisp apples to pick at our M-88 market. We will have many more varieties as we move into fall. We also have all these apples as well as Bartlett pears and Castelton plums available in both of our farm markets. Our 2nds on apples are slowly coming in and will be abundant in the next few weeks. We also will have Stanley prune plums coming soon.

U-pick raspberries are at their peak in the fall. Both of our markets offer pick your own raspberries. They are great for freezing this time of the year– just lay out on a cookie sheet or put in a baggy in a single layer for individually frozen raspberries.


Honeycrisp apples










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