Pick Your Own Tart Cherries on Saturday, July 23 at 9:00 am! -- UPDATES

Maple Leaf Orchard

UPDATES:

Looks like tomorrow will be a beautiful morning to pick the delicious, ripe, flavorful TART CHERRIES! Please arrive before 9:00 as picking will start at 9:00 sharp. You can bring your own containers/pails to pick into, but please have your containers/pails pre-weighed at the check out table before picking. That way your unpitted cherries will not need to be transferred at check out, and they will stay in better shape for your drive home. If you are coming a long way, you may want to bring a cooler and ice packs to keep them cool on your drive home.

Wear comfortable shoes to walk through tall grass.

After you pick your TART CHERRIES, you can stay to pick BLACK CURRANTS, RED CURRANTS, AND GOOSEBERRIES without a reservation. Depending on availability, you can call for an appointment to pick CURRANTS and GOOSEBERRIES next week too. 715-778-5881.

Pick Your Own TART CHERRIES on Saturday, July 23 at 9:00 AM.

NO EARLY SALES! Picking starts at 9:00 AM! Rain or shine. No reservations. The crop is limited this year, so be here at 9:00 AM to get some cherries. Do not come any later in the day, as the cherries will be picked out. We have had winter damage to the cherry trees and the drought was hard on the trees last summer/fall, so the block of trees by the pumpkin patch have very little fruit this year; therefore, we only have picking in the block of trees between the apple shed and the house. The picking will go fast, but if you are here at 9:00, you will get some. Please do not come later in the day, as we will be picked out early.

$3.00 per pound, 20 cents per pound extra for pitting. The EUBANK tart cherry tree is available in local nurseries marketed as the "Sweet Cherry Pie" cherry tree. No pets; please keep your dogs at home where they are cooler and more comfortable. Bathrooms and water fountain available.

Starting Saturday, July 16, Pick Your Own Black and Red CURRANTS and GOOSEBERRIES by appointment only 715-778-5881. $3.25 per pound. You can pick Currants and Gooseberries on the PYO Cherry Day without an appointment as available.

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Always available at the farm by appointment: HONEY, MAPLE SYRUP, JELLY, APPLE BUTTER, APPLE CHIPS

Fall Season: OPEN daily 10:00-5:00 LABOR DAY MONDAY-HALLOWEEN (Sept. 5-Oct. 31), and then Wednesdays and Saturdays November 1-December 23. Call 715-778-5881 with questions.

EVERY DAY in the shop, select from our almost 30 varieties of APPLES as they ripen throughout the season, and purchase MAPLE SYRUP made on our farm, HONEY from our beehives, fresh unpasteurized APPLE CIDER, JELLY, PEARS, SQUASH, WATERMELONS, SALSA, PICKLES, POTATOES, Pick Your Own GRAPES and PUMPKINS, MUMS, etc.

WEEKENDS starting Sept 10: Hayrides to Pick Your Own Apples on selected varieties based on availability, APPLE DONUTS on Saturday and Sunday, APPLE PIES on Friday and Saturday, and APPLE CRISP on Sunday.

We are a family run orchard employing local families. This is a real working farm, where the fruit is grown on site. We utilize Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to provide you with high quality fruit with minimal sprays. We monitor our orchard regularly for pests by setting out pheromone traps to catch and monitor insect pest species and only spray when the number of specific pests in the traps exceeds the threshold. Mark monitors apple leaves and fruit for insects and diseases. Our weather station monitors conditions that are favorable for disease development. Mark uses this information, along with the stage of fruit development during the year, to make decisions on how to manage pests in the most environmentally friendly way. We utilize many alternative methods for pest control to cut down on spraying, such as alternate row mowing, hanging wren houses in the orchard, pheromone disruption for apple codling moth, and providing good habitat for beneficial insects. We strive to take care of this beautiful farm, so it can be producing delicious fruit for generations to come.

Taste the difference of locally grown fruit vs. fruit in the stores that have been shipped long distances and stored for long periods of time.

Visit Mark at St Paul Farmers Market on Saturday mornings May - October.

Service dogs only. Please keep your pets at home where they are more comfortable.


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Thank you,
Mark and Sue Christopher
Maple Leaf Orchard