U-Pick Apples

A Message from Annette on July 3, 2022.

Happy 4th of July!!!

Fruit Acres Farms U-Pick Sweet Cherries is done for the year. There are no more Sweet Cherries on the tree for you to pick. There is no more Black Sweet Cherries or Rainier Cherries for you to pick off the tree. There is no Upic of anything on Monday, July 4th. You can buy already picked Black Sweet Cherries from our Farm Market , just off I-94 Exit #39 on the south side for $5.99 pound. I should have Michigan Black Sweet Cherries for about 2-3 weeks from now.

Fruit Acres Farm Market is open everyday 9am to 7pm including Monday, July 4. The market now has Black Sweet Cherries and Sour Pie Cherries from our own farm ($5.99 pound), Local Red and Black Raspberries ($5.99 pint), First of the Season Local Blueberries, Local Zuchini, Sugar Snap Peas, Snow Peas, Pickles, Cucumbers, Yellow Squash and Peaches and Cream Sweet Corn from Indiana (It is Delicious)(Very special early corn).

Sour Tart Pie Cherries are $1.49 pound if you pick or if I pick them. Monday July 4 I do not have any U-Pick Sour  Pie Cherries. But you can buy Sour Cherries already picked at our Farm Market or if you need over 20 pounds, you can come to our farm at 2559 Friday Road, Coloma MI for larger amounts. If you call and order how many Sour Cherries you want a day or 2 ahead, they will be picked fresh for you. I hope to have fresh Sour Cherries available now through Sunday July 10. Right now the Sour Cherries are very nice with very few discolored cherries because we have not had any high winds or storms here lately. (Thank God). But the weatherman is predicting rain and wind this week, so they might not be as pretty as they are right now, after the winds go through.

U-Pic Update:

Our U-Pick Apples start Early September  and goes until middle of October. Apple U-Pic Saturday and Sunday Only.

 
Apple U-Pick
Usual time to start Apple U-Pick is the beginning of September
SATURDAY & SUNDAY ONLY
U-Pick Hours: 10am-5pm*
*You must be here before 4:30pm to get into the orchard to pick
We are in the EST Time Zone, which is 1 hour ahead of Chicago
Peach & Apple U-Pick Address:
2789 Friday Rd. Coloma, MI 49038
Farm Market Address:
3452 Friday Rd. Coloma, MI 49038
Market Hours: Everyday 9am-7pm
Market Phone: (269) 468-3668
Other Times: (269) 208-3591
Please call ahead for seasonal changes and prices
Free Hayrides to the orchards are available from our central parking area. No Admission, Make a day of it by enjoying our Free Picnic Area and Playground.

Start a family tradition by visiting beautiful Southwest Michigan to see the fall colors, then you and your family can pick the perfect apple right off the tree. Enjoy our free Hayrides right to the orchard where you can pick all the apples you want without having to step on a ladder, as our many different varieties are grown on dwarf trees. Then rest awhile at our free picnic area and playground or stop by our farm market for a free sample of our super sweet apple cider, freshly made with our own apples.

APPLE VARIETIES AVAILABLE FOR U-PICK:

  • GALA - September 1 to 20 - A newer variety that has wonderful qualities. Gala has a wonderful super sweet flavor with crisp, firm, juicy flesh. Gala stores well for months in refrigeration. Gala is great for eating or baking because the slices do not cook down hardly at all. Gala is one of my favorite pie and eating apples. The apple is pink in color with a longish shape for the size. 

  • OZARK GOLD - September 1 to 20 - An older variety that reminds of a Golden Delicious apple with a slight tang. The apple looks very similar to a Golden Delicious with a small pink/red cheek. The flavor is sweet-tart and crisp, so it eats very well and bakes very well. I usually combine Gala and Ozark in my pies during this time of year. When baking, Ozark slices do keep their shape, but do soften. They make good applesauce and stores well until Thanksgiving.

  • RED CORTLAND - September 10 to 30 - A very large size red color apple with pure white flesh. Just a newer red version of Cortland. The tart flavor is good for eating, applesauce or baking, although slices do soften during baking.

  • EMPIRE - September 15 to October 5 - A tart but very flavorful, very crisp apple that stays hard for months in refrigeration. The apple is dark red with a squatty shape. Empire is great for eating or baking and the slices do not get soft. This is an older variety which does not get the attention it deserves!

  • JONAGOLD - September 25 to October 15 - A very large, sweet tart flavor, crisp apple that is very juicy. The apple is pink, large and long. Do not store past Thanksgiving for best quality. Jonagold is great for eating, applesauce or baking but the slices do get soft. This is a redder version of a very old variety.

  • RED DELICIOUS - September 25 to October 20 - I think everyone knows a Red Delicious apple. You only eat it, do not cook with it.

  • GOLDEN DELICIOUS - October 1 to 31 - My favorite apple for eating until Christmas. It stores until spring in refrigeration. The apple is bright yellow, large size and long shape. Goldens are great for eating, applesauce and baking while the slices keep their shape. All winter, Golden Delicious is my favorite pie apple. In storage, the flavor stays sweet but the apple gets soft, but not too soft to enjoy.

  • FUJI - October 15 to 31 - My favorite eating apple after Christmas because the flavor gets stronger and even sweeter but stays juicy. Fuji is great for baking but add any other apple, like Golden Delicious, because the slices will not get soft at all or release any juice. Fuji will easily stay very hard and extra sweet until taken out of refrigeration the next spring or after. This is the apple we save for our family and employees to eat all winter.

  • Red Braeburn - October 15 to 31- Tart Hard Apple that keeps until January in the refrigerator. Good for Eating, and Baking. Will stay firm in baking.

 

These varieties and others are also available already picked at our farm market, including frozen apple slices and freshly made apple cider.

 

**Availability is dependent on the weather, so please call ahead to get a better idea on ripening times. Ripening dates

can vary as much as 2 weeks earlier or later from year to year.

 

Please come visit us in June for CHERRYTIME!!

Welcome to Fruit Acres Farm Market

& U-Pick

 

A Note from Annette and Randy: Friday, July 1, 2022

At the Farm Market, we have Local Sweet Red or Black Raspberries, Our Own Black Sweet Cherries ($5.99 lb), Local Sweet Blueberries, Arkansas Tomatoes, Local Michigan Sugar Snap Peas, Snow Peas, Zuchini, and Herb Plants.

​Farm Market Address 3452 Friday Road, Coloma, MI.  I-94 Easy Off Easy On at Exit #39.

​Fruit Acres U-Pick still has Black Sweet Cherries & Rainier Sweet Cherries & Gold Sweet Cherries and Montmorency Sour Pie Cherries on the tree for you to pick yourself. I still have lots of Sweet Cherries for you to pick off the tree. When you enter the cashier area, go right and keep on going over the hill until you see the Black Sweet cherries on the tree. Rainier Cherries are very pink color now and they are in the top of the tree. Gold Cherries are all in one section almost to the end of the orchard (on the road side of orchard). There are Sweet Cherries out there to pick, but you have to walk over the hill to get to them. We are open 10am to 5pm (Michigan Time), That is 9 to 4 Illinois time. Closed July 4 for U-Pic. Sweet Cherries are $4.99 pound, and Sour Cherries are $1.49 per pound. U-Pic Cherry Address is 6299 Carmody Road, Coloma MI. NO BACKPACKS OR BIG BAGS ALLOWED IN ORCHARD. NO BREAKING BRANCHES OFF THE TREES!! That is where the cherries grow next year. NO CLIMBING TREES, (you may hurt yourself or the tree). There is NO admission being charged anymore this year. We will be having Sour Cherry U-Pic through July 10 (we hope), but the Sweet Cherries U-Pic is going day by day. Check back for updates. Our farm market is open July 4 to buy any cherries you want, but not to pick them.

Fruit Acres still has Black Sweet Cherries and Rainier Sweet Cherries on the tree, now through Sunday, for you to pick yourself. The sooner you come to pick the better, because once they get picked, they do not grow back. There is no more admission this year. $4.99 pound for the Sweet Cherries you take with you. Open everyday from 10 to 5 Michigan time. The U-Pic is Closed on Monday 7/4. You can always buy Black Sweet Cherries already picked at the market for $5.99 pound.

Montmorency Red Sour Pie Cherries are ready now! Sour Cherries are $1.49 pound (if you pick or if I pick them). Sour Cherry season is now to Sunday July 10 (I hope). These cherries are for pies or liquor, most people do not eat them raw.

Parking for U-Pick Cherries is at 6299 Carmody Road, Coloma, MI.

 

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