OF ORCHARD MARKET
There is activity year around at Orchard Market! Things are always changing!
Spring is a very busy time on the farm. The winter orchard trimming is wrapping up and the fields are being readied for planting. We are back in the stores in early April preparing for our end of the month opening. Early season has the greenhouses bursting with color! Asparagus is the first tasty vegetable of the year.
Summer-Mid June brings the sweet taste of Homegrown Strawberries. This popular fruit has drawn locals and visitors alike back to Orchard Market year after year. Large, sweet, juicy Strawberries–excellent for freezing or jam making. If you would like to pick your own, the patch is open to the public during mid-season. Many of our customers love to share the harvesting experience with their children–from picking the strawberries to enjoying homemade jam.
The next crops to harvest are sweet and tart cherries. Other summer fruits and vegetables include blueberries, honey rock melons, pickles, broccoli, cauliflower. We are also harvesting several types of early Apples.
The many different varieties of Peaches from our farm keep this delicious fruit available from mid July until September. Peaches are excellent for freezing and canning to be enjoyed all year. Another customer favorite is Orchard Market’s famous “Extra Sweet” Sweet Corn. We pick our corn fresh every morning to maximize freshness and sugar content.
Fall is a great time of year at the farm market. Temperatures are cooler, fall colors have sightseers on the move and the big harvest is on! Our many varieties of Apples include Honey Crisp, MacIntosh, Gala, Ida Red, Red and Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Jonathan, Jonagold, Empire, and more. We pick loads of colorful pumpkins, many varieties of squash, and extra large cabbage.
In addition to pumpkins we have everything you need for fall decorating–gourds, corn stalks, white “ghost” pumpkins, colorful hardy mums, straw bales.
Current Market News
The U-Pick strawberry patch will be open Saturday and Sunday 8 am-2 pm. Cost is $2.25 per pound (approximately $3.50 per quart). No containers necessary as you will pick in our box lined carriers.
The Strawberry harvest has begun! Sweet, juicy and delicious and in the farm markets now! $4.99 per quart or $31.99 for an 8 quart flat.
Only during fresh strawberry season! Homemade Strawberry Cream Cheese Pies made fresh daily in our Free Soil Bakery. Order 1 day in advance at the Ludington store.