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 2017 “Great Pumpkin Party” was a great success! This event was made possible through our amazing community partners. Together we worked to raise over $3000.00 for our kids and their families fighting Cancer in Mason County. We would like to thank the following people for their generous contributions:
Janet Andersen-Ludington Orchard Market Manager
Amber Elk Ranch
WKLA/ WLDN Synergy and Mr. Young
Evelyn Bergaila and Fran Sinnott ( the amazing decorations)
Cop & Donuts
The Junque Girls, Shelly Sterley and Michelle Henri
Pere Marquette Fire Department
Ludington Daily News
Mary Ann Andersen,Sandy Papes, Rylee Cregg
Vickie Collins,Rayma Burgett
Kathy Gibson, Small Wonders
Amy Jo Voorheis
Tracy Schwass and the Ludington Girls
The Great Pumpkin
Over 200 pumpkins were entered into the contest. Mason County definitely has talent! Thank you to all those that entered and all that voted and made donations. We live in a caring and generous community. The “Great Pumpkin Party” was an event enjoyed by all ages. Everyone was a winner, especially “Our Kids”, fighting the battle against Cancer.
We invite you to join us on the farm Saturdays and Sundays (11:00-5:00) through the end of October for some Fall Farm Fun! Corn Maze, Wagon Rides through the spooky forest, Apple Cannons, games and U-Pick Pumpkins!
Maze, Wagon Rides, and Games $5.00 per person (4 and under-FREE)
Apple Cannon Apples: $5.00 per pail
U-Pick Pumpkins: .25 per lb.
Fresh from the farm: Our Own Homegrown Apples-Current varieties: Honeycrisp, Gala, MacIntosh, Mutsu, Golden Delicious, Empire, Jonagold, Red Delicious, and Fuji, Homegrown Winter Squash-(.49 per lb or $5.99 1/2 Bushel.).