Trouble for Tart Cherries

Beautiful Blossoms 5320-11, photo by StacyN – MichiganMoments Cherry blossoms are out a full month early in Michigan, and our “Summer in March” appears to have claimed much of Northern Michigan’s 2012 tart cherry crop. Interlochen Public Radio reports: A spring freeze last week across Northwest Michigan killed more than half of the buds on … Continue reading Trouble for Tart Cherries

Sorting cherries … and making sense of migrant labor in Michigan

Migrant girls working in cherry canning plant Berrien County, photo by John Vachon February is National Cherry Month and back in the day (July of 1940 to be precise), the cherry sorting machine was any able body that could tell the difference between a good and bad cherry as they sped past. Agriculture is a vital … Continue reading Sorting cherries … and making sense of migrant labor in Michigan

Michigan Cherries

Michigan Cherries, photo by david_s_carter. Although I managed to deftly overlook the first ever National Eat Red Week (Feb 4-10), there’s still time for me to save face here in the Cherry Capital of the World by reminding you that February is National Cherry Month and asking you to eat (or drink) as many of … Continue reading Michigan Cherries

Blue Skies & Blossoms in Michigan

Blue Skies, Blossoms & Bokeh, photo by Andrew McFarlane Cherry blossoms, along with apple & other fruit tree blooms are out across Michigan. If you’re near a fruit growing region, take a drive and see what’s to be seen! I definitely miss my Olympus dSLR. View the photo background bigilicious and see more in my Cherry … Continue reading Blue Skies & Blossoms in Michigan

Beautiful Blossoms

Cherry Orchard Aisles & Blossoms, photo by Jess Clifton mLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa writes that the upcoming weather is looking normal, which is also fantastic for an extended time period of blooming here in Michigan: Tulip Time runs from Saturday, May 7, to May 14 in downtown Holland. The Traverse City area cherry blossoms are also about to erupt with … Continue reading Beautiful Blossoms

Horn Road Orchard

Horn Road Orchard, photo by Mark Smith Up here in the Traverse City area we don’t have cherry blossoms yet, but I’ve been seeing reports that cherries and other fruit crops are in bloom in southwest Michigan. Expect the TC area to bloom in a week or two and please share what you’re seeing in … Continue reading Horn Road Orchard

Cherry Time in Michigan

Ready to Pick, photo by Bruce While much of the state is still waiting on cherries to ripen, the National Cherry Festival is heading into the final weekend for their 88th annual event. Their history page says (in part): French colonists from Normandy brought pits that they planted along the Saint Lawrence River and on down into … Continue reading Cherry Time in Michigan

Frozen Fruit? May freeze puts Michigan’s fruit crops in peril

Cherry Orchard … spring snow, photo by Ken Scott The National Weather Service noted that the high temperature yesterday at the Otsego County Airport in Gaylord only reached 35 degrees – a new record for the coldest high temperature for the date that crushed the previous record of 44 degrees from 2003. It was also … Continue reading Frozen Fruit? May freeze puts Michigan’s fruit crops in peril