Door County Cherries, Picking in Late July

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Cherries in Door County, Orchard Country Winery and Market, Seaquist Orchard, Stay at Ephraim Guest HouseDoor County has always been known for its Door County Cherries which date back to the 1800’s.  In the mid-1900’s Door County was the largest producer of cherries in the United States.  Things have changed over the years from hand-picking cherries to the cherry shakers but one thing has remained the same–the beauty of this fruit.  Cherries come in both sweet and tart and are loved by many.  Door County has many orchards and some even allow you to pick your very own.  With the abundance of cherries, many of the restaurants in our area use these delectable fruits in their dishes.  There just so good that you can’t help but enjoy this time of year.

This year it’s looking like cherry picking season in Door County will start around July 26th.  Please be aware that these events are always weather related and this is a best guess based on the conditions we have now.  For up-to-date information on the Cherry Season, please see the Door County Visitor Bureau’s website http://doorcounty.com/cherries/cherry-blossom-report/ for their Cherry Report.   During this time-frame, both Seaquist Orchards in Sister Bay and Orchard Country Winery in Fish Creek will be hosting Cherry Festivals.

Seaquist Orchards will host their Cherry Festival on Saturday, July 26th from 11 am – 3:30 pm.  Although Seaquist Orchards does not have specific items listed for the day, be prepared for fun events and orchard tours.

Orchard Country Winery will host their Summer Harvest Cherry Fest on Saturday, July 26th from 10 am – 5 pm.  Enjoy complimentary wine and farm market food tasting, pick-your-own tart cherries, free guided tours, live music, inflatable bouncer, and more. Fun contests include: cherry pie eating, cherry doughnut eating, and the popular Cherry Pit Spit!  If you have never tried the Cherry Pit Spit, that is simply a must on your to-do list.

As with any fruit, the picking season is short, usually 2-3 weeks in length so be sure to check your calendar, make your reservations, and come to Door County to enjoy the tastes of the seasons.  Rooms are filling fast at the Guest House so be sure to call and book today.  You don’t want to miss out on these fun-filled summer days and the enjoyment of fresh cherries.