US tart cherry forecast up 48 percent

U.S. 2018 tart cherry production is forecast at 353 million pounds, up 48 percent from the 2017 production. Michigan tart cherry production in 2018 is forecast to be 264... more »

Year-round tasting room needs staff, space

An investment in year-round staff and expansion is paying off for Blake Farms in Armada, Michigan. Blake’s Orchard grows 45 different apple varieties on more than 500 acres and runs the Cider Mill and Tasting... more »

Cool springs set well with fruit tree growers

Stable springs without hard frosts are sitting well for fruit tree growers around the country. In Washington state, growers are set up for a good growing season. “A great spring where it isn’t too hot... more »

Tart cherry volume regulation proposed for 2017–18 crop

A proposed volume regulation for U.S. tart cherries produced during 2017-18 crop year would restrict the way the cherries can be marketed. The USDA’s proposed rule would be under the marketing order for tart cherries... more »

Growers tap fresh market for sweet cherries

What is the future of fresh market sweet cherries in Michigan and how does the industry get there? “It’s hard to put a number on the potential market for dark, fresh, sweet cherries,” said Isaiah... more »

Michigan apple growers continue advertising program

Michigan apple producers recently approved a referendum to continue their advertising and promotion program A total of 113 ballots were cast in the referendum, according to a news release from the Michigan Department of Agriculture... more »

Great season, technology has winegrapes grower beaming

Spirits are high this harvest at northwest Michigan’s Black Star Farms. Owners say they took in the best harvest in memory and purchased a thermo-vinification device to bring the best out of Midwestern winegrapes. “This... more »

Fostering wild bees for orchard pollination

Be nice to wild bees: They live near your farm and go to work without being asked. Native pollinators are a force for good in Michigan orchards, and although they don’t draw paychecks, there is... more »

Cidermaker Vander Mill to invest in new machinery

Vander Mill in Grand Rapids, Michigan plans to invest in new cider machinery, with a helping grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). At a March 21 meeting, the Michigan Commission... more »

Michigan’s Black Star Farms vineyard celebrates 20th anniversary

This summer, Black Star Farms will celebrate its 20th Anniversary and invite the public to join the festivities. The week-long celebration is scheduled for July 23-July 28, 2018, at the 160-acre winery estate a 15-minute... more »

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