Peach U-Pic Update:
Peach U-Pic will be open around August 12 through September 10. Open Saturday and Sunday Only. Mother nature changes every season, so the dates may change. Every variety of Peaches will only be available for 1 or 2 weekends. No Admission Charge. We give you a free Tractor pulled Hayride to the orchard where you pick the fruit yourself off the tree. There is also a free Playground & Covered Picnic Area.
A Message from Annette and Randy on May 27, 2023
Fruit Acres Farm Market & U-Pick is closed for a few more weeks. The Farm Market will be open again around June 12, 2023 when Sweet Local Strawberries are ready for sale. Hopefully there will still be some Local Asparagus and Rhubarb available for sale too. But I cannot guarantee that I will be able to still buy it then. Sorry. There is NO UPIC Strawberries available. Sweet Cherries from our own farm will be starting around June 23 at the Farm Market. We will also have Sweet Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Tomatoes, and some Vegetables from southern states until our Local Melons and Vegetables are ready to pick. We accept Cash or Credit/Debit Cards at Farm Market or U-Pick. Farm Market is open everyday 9am to 7pm (even holidays). Farm Market address is 3452 Friday Road, Coloma, MI 49038.
The first U-Pick available will be Sweet Cherries you can pick off the tree yourself. We hope to start U-Pick Sweet Cherries on Friday June 23, 2023. But please check back around June 18 for the exact opening date. Cherry U-Pick Address is 6299 Carmody Road, Coloma, MI 49038. We have a good crop of Sweet Cherries this year but when they are picked off the tree, there are no more coming this year and the u-pick will be closed. Sweet Cherry U-Pic could be open for 3-10 days, depending on weather and how busy we are. The Cherry U-Pick is open 7 days a week from 10am to 4:30pm until the Cherries are gone off the tree.
Sour (Tart) Pie Cherry U-Pick will start around July 1 and only goes for about 4 days. We never have the U-Pick open on 4th of July, but the Farm Market is open to buy Cherries on 4th of July from 9am to 7pm.
Sweet Cherry U-Pick Prices: $4.99 pound, $5 per person Admission (age 6 and up). For every 15 pounds bought, you get 1 ($5) admission back. An example is if you buy 30 pounds or more, you get $10 back from the admission for 2 people. You can add family purchases together to get the discount, if they are all paid by the same person in 1 transaction. We accept Cash or Credit/Debit Cards at Farm Market or U-Pick.
We have NOT increased the price of Admission or Cherry U-Pick price for this year!
Sour Pie Cherries (not for eating, just for Pies, Jam, Cooking) U-Pick or Already Picked are the Same Price at $1.49 per pound. Sour Cherries are starting around July 1 at U-Pick and Farm Market or Farm if you buy over 20 pounds. It is better to pre-order the Sour Cherries over 20 pounds (within a few days of pickup), so we make sure we have them ready for you. We sell already picked Sour Cherries for about 10 days (depending on weather). Please bring something that doesn't leak to put the sour cherries in. Sour Cherries will make a mess in your vehicle in a bag. A cooler or tub is recommended. I am hoping to have credit card availability at the farm this year.
There is no hayride for Cherry U-Pick, but you can enjoy a lunch or snack under the tent with picnic tables. Portajohns are available but I recommend finding a bathroom on the way to the U-Pick. Fruit Acres Farm Market has bathrooms and McDonalds is just north of the Farm Market. We do sell cold water and pop at the U-Pick but no food is available (except Cherries!).
Peach U-Pick is from around August 12- September 11
U-Pick SATURDAY & SUNDAY ONLY
U-Pick Hours: 10am-5pm (Open 9 to 5 Chicago Time)
*You must be here before 4:30pm (3:30pm Chicago time) to get into the orchard to pick
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 at U-Pick takes you 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.
U-Pick Sweet Peaches
We specialize in tree-ripened, fresh, sweet, juicy peaches and we invite you and your family to create some family memories of picking that perfect peach off the tree and experiencing the delight of that first bite with juice dripping down your face and arm! Enjoy the beauty of our farm as we drive you to the ripest peaches on our free hayrides. Peach trees can be picked easily from the ground, so no ladders are needed. There is also a Free Playground with Covered Picnic Area. We sell Cold Water and Pop, but we do not sell food. You can bring your own food.
Peach Varieties available for U-Pick:
RED HAVEN - August 7 - 14 - This variety was released in the 1950's in South Haven, Michigan at the Michigan State Peach Breeding Program. It was the best variety for the time but the newer varieties are very much improved in flesh quality and flavor. Red Haven is still the most planted peach in Michigan because of customer recognition. It is a semi-cling peach, meaning the pit does stick to the flesh if not completely ripe on most years, which can make canning more difficult.
STARFIRE & REDSTAR - August 7 - 20 - These superior firm flesh peaches are great for fresh eating, canning, freezing and baking. The beautiful 80% red skin peach stores well in the refrigerator so you can be eating fresh peaches for 2 weeks if you wish. Starfire & Redstar have a great, sweet peach flavor and is a true freestone (it does come off the pit). The size is large (2 1/2" to 2 3/4"). The first great overall peaches of the season.
Coralstar August 14-21 - A extra large, very sweet peach that is really beautiful and good to eat. Coralstar are larger than most other peaches we grow. But they are still great for Eating, Canning, Freezing and Baking. They come off the pit very easy.
ALLSTAR - August 20 - 31 - A very attractive and superior quality new variety peach. Great flavor, firm flesh, completely freestone, and stores well in the refrigerator. Excellent for canning, freezing, baking or just eating. Does not brown when cut. Allstar has 80% red skin on a large peach (2 1/2" to 2 3/4").
BLUSHINGSTAR (White Flesh Peach) - August 25 - September 10 - This is a WHITE flesh peach with many of the superb qualities of a yellow flesh peach. Do not compare this to any other white peach you have ever tried before. The 80% dark pinkish red skin over a light pink and white background is just beautiful. The size is large at 2 1/2" to 3". The flesh is very firm, completely different from the soft, older white flesh varieties. Blushingstar can be prepared like a yellow peach as far as freezing and eating. But when used for baking, it has a very sugary flavor, so experiment yourself. Great flavor and an aroma you will be smelling all the way home. Completely freestone.
SWEETSTAR - August 20-30 - This is Annette's Favorite Peach and what I freeze every year. Sweetstar is the latest in our Peach Breeding Stellar Series and I think it is the best one we developed. It is the sweetest peach we grow, but is also large and beautiful with red outside, with great firm flesh that is great for Canning, Freezing, Baking and especially EATING!
CLING (Baby Gold Type) - All of August - We have several types of Cling peaches available. Cling means the peach does not come off the pit, so you have to cut it off. Many customers love these peaches because they have a firmer and more rubbery fruit than many freestone peaches, making them great for canning.
GLOWINGSTAR - September 1 - 10 - This variety is very large at 2 3/4" to 3 1/2" with 60% dark red skin and bright yellow background. Glowingstar has very firm flesh, freestone, very good flavor and stores well in the refrigerator. It is a beautiful peach that does not turn brown when cut.
STAR 86 - September 5-10 - This is also a new peach variety from our Stellar Peach Series. It is in the process of being named. 86 is a very good peach for the season. It is large, sweet flavor, beautiful red color and a good peach for Canning, Freezing, Baking and Eating.
AUTUMNSTAR & LATE STAR PEACHES - September 15 - 30 - These varieties are like a very improved Fayette. The large peach (2 3/4" to 3 1/4") has 60% red skin color and a great flavor for anytime of the year, but especially for this late season. This peach has firm flesh and stores well, so you can still be eating fresh peaches even after peach season has ended.
These varieties and more are also available already picked at our farm market, including other delicious Stellar peach varieties.
**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.
Fruit Acres Farm Market is Open Everyday (starting Tuesday June 13?) 9am to 7pm. Market address is 3452 Friday Rd, Coloma, Michigan
Cherry U-Pick starting June 23 (?) Open everyday for about 7 days from10am to 5pm, (open 9 to 4 Chicago time). Cherry U-Pic Address is 6299 Carmody Rd, Coloma, Michigan. The U-Pick is 1 mile south of Farm Market. More details below.