Fruit Acres
Farm Market & U-Pick
 

U-PICK Big Black Sweet Cherries
& Red Sour Pie Cherries

Cherry U-Pick Hours: 10 am - 5pm You must be there before 4:30 to get into the orchard to pick
Days Open Vary please call for details

Sweet Cherries U-Pick are done for 2014

Sour Pie Cherries are done for 2014

Call or Text Annette (the owner) at (269) 208-3591

Cherry U-Pick Address:

6299 Carmody Road Coloma MI 49038

Farm Market Address:

3452 Friday Rd Coloma MI 49038

E-mail fruitacres@iserv.net

Fruit Acres Farm Market at:

I-94 at Coloma Michigan Exit #39 Easy Off/Easy On

Market Hours: June - October 30

Farm Market Open Everyday 9am - 7pm

Questions? (269) 208-3591

Current Weather at Coloma, Michigan



 

A Note from Annette and Randy:

As of August 25, 2014 Fruit Acres Farm Market & U-Pick is done with Red Haven Peaches for this year. This weekend 8/30 & 8/31 & 9/1 (Labor Day) you can pick sweet peaches off the tree on Saturday & Sunday & Labor Day 10am to 4:30 for $.99 per pound. Available this Saturday, Sunday & Monday is White (Blushingstar) peaches, Allstar peaches & Star 86 peaches. All 3 peaches come off the pit easy, are Sweet & Juicy when they get soft, they are all great for canning, Big Sweet Coralstar Peachesfreezing, eating and baking. You can buy Sweet Big Coralstar Peaches already picked at our farm market for $26.99 half bushel (without basket). We also will have White Blushingstar Peaches at the farm market this week. We U-pick a different variety of peach every week. There is about 25 pounds in a half bushel basket. We do give you a free bag for the peaches but if you want the basket it is an extra $3. You are welcome to bring your basket back from last year for you to use and take with you. We will have u-pick peaches every weekend now through September. Peaches are ripening very slowly this year because of all the cool weather we have been having. If the peaches you buy are very hard, please just set them on the counter for 2-3 days until they are getting soft. Do not put them in a plastic or paper bag. Peach U-Pick is open ONLY Saturday and Sunday & Labor Day from 10am to 4:30pm. The last hayride leaves for the orchard at 4:30. So you cannot go u-pic after 4:30. We are NOT OPEN for U-Pick during the week. You have to buy the peaches already picked at our farm market. We are 1 hour later than Chicago time.

At Fruit Acres Farm Market we aresellingsweet juicy freestone Coralstar peaches now. Peaches already picked from our farm are $26.99 half bushel (about 25 pounds) plus $3 if you want the basket. Smaller amounts of peaches are also available. 3 different kinds of Sweet Juicy Eating Plums from our farm ($5.99 quart).Apple season is finally starting with Early Gold Apples & Dandee Red Apples. They are all great for eating & applesauce but do cook down if you make a pie with them. Sweet Donut Peaches $1.99 pound. This is all picked fresh from our own farm.

 

At Fruit Acres Farm Market we now have Local sweet Peaches n Cream Sweet Corn, Sweet Local Cantaloupe & Watermelon, We finally have lots of Local Red Ripe Tomatoes , Roma Tomatoes, Local Grape, Cherry & Cherry Berry Tomatoes, Fresh Green & Yellow Beans, Michigan Lettuce, New Potatoes (red & yukon), Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Pickles, Beets, Turnips, Comet summer squash, Michigan Acorn Squash, Green Cabbage & Basil Plants. Peppers include Green, & Purple Peppers, Jalapeno, Cherry Bomb, Anaheim, Poblano, Roasting, Sweet Snacking, Cayenne, Hot or Sweet Banana Peppers.This is all from local farms within 20 miles of our farm market.

We are picking Chenango Strawberry Apples, also know as Sheepnose Apples. This variety was first grown in New York state (Chenango valley) since 1855 and is a very popular apple with the Amish to make applesauce for canning. It is a semi tart, very soft apple with a pink skin that makes the Applesauce slightly pink. Applesauce experts like it as much as Lodi or Yellow Transparent. They will be available at the farm for $10 bushel with a new cardboard box. We pick fresh to order.

Gas in Michigan is currently $3.55 gallon.

Now for an update of the crops. Most varieties of Peaches, Plums and Apples all have a good crop. We are excited about all the crops this year! We are very blessed to have as much fruit as we do this after the very very cold winter. There are many farms that are not as fortunate.

Turn Here when you see this sign!Fruit Acres Farm Market

Please check Harvest Times page for ripening schedule

Peach U-Pick

Apple and Pumpkin U-Pick

U-Pick Sweet and Sour CherriesSweet Juicy Black Sweet Cherries

Fruit Acres Farms is the largest Black Sweet Cherry grower in Southwest Michigan for the amount of acres, and different varieties grown. Most of the varieties are Big, Sweet, Delicious, Juicy, Black Sweet Cherries but we also have all Gold color Sweet Cherries and Pink color Sweet Cherries (including Ranier). All our Sweet Cherries trees are different kinds, so sample some of the cherries on the tree before picking, to make sure you like them.

Sweet Cherry Recipes

 

Sour Pie Cherries Tart Sour Cherries are also available for U-Pick. Sour Cherries can be used for making Cherry Pies, or other baking, Dried Cherries and Cherry Juice that is great for arthritis, gout and help fight against Cancer and Heart Disease.

Sour Cherry Recipes from Cherry Marketing Institute

Dwarf Sweet Cherry Trees

Family picking on Dwarf Sweet Cherry TreesWe grow over a thousand dwarf Sweet Cherry trees. The fruit taste and look just like the bigger trees, but the dwarf trees are easier to pick because the trees are much smaller. You do not need ladders, all the trees can be picked from the ground. Next to the dwarf trees are huge old Sweet Cherry trees. Some of these trees are over 60 years old.

I am very sorry but we do not have the Free Hayride and Playground until peach season in Late July. We do have the large tent set up for a free picnic area.

More details on Fruit Acres Sweet and Sour Cherries

 

CHEMICAL USE PRACTICES

  • We use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which means we only spray for Pheremones on Peach Tree in Bloom insects according to their life cycle and if that insect has been spotted by scouting orchards every few days.
  • We use pheremones when possible to eliminate or greatly reduce the use of chemicals for certain insects such as Oriental Fruit Moth, Codling Moth and Peach tree Borer. We participate in studies with Michigan State University for peach and apple to reduce chemical use as low as possible depending on the weather conditions that particular year.
  • Michigan unfortunately has too much natural insect pressure to farm organically on a commercial scale. Organic growers do still spray their orchards with many of the same chemicals we do. The western states with their dry desert weather conditions are better suited for that possibility. If we could save alot of money and time by not spraying and grow a sellable fruit we definately would.
  • We do not grow genetically altered fruit trees. The new Stellar peach varieties are hand cross-pollinated on a mother tree to get the new varieties the same way breeders have been doing it for hundreds of years. There is no genetic manipulation in a laboratory.

PLEASE COME VISIT US NEXT JULY FOR CHERRIES!!

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