We have a bountiful apple crop this year! Over 20 varieties of apples growing on 375+ acres of Pure Michigan countryside. Apple harvesting will start toward the end of July and run through late October. Our variety of apples include: McIntosh, Jonathon, Ida Red, Williams Pride, Prima, Mutsu, Cortland, Gala, Northern Spy, Red Delicious, Early Blaze, Rhode Island Greening, Jon-a-Gold, Ruby Jons, Chenango, Winesap, Lodi, Ray Spy, Royal Gala and of course our best seller Honey Crisp. We have something to please everyone’s taste buds, whether it’s tart, tangy or sweet. Our oldest apple trees are nearly 100 years old and our newest trees were planted this spring. The orchard is always growing! For specifics on harvest dates and apple usage please visit our fruit information page.
Back by popular demand Montmorency tart cherry trees! We planted tart cherry trees that should be ready for harvest this summer. Of course we will continue to have Traverse City black sweet cherries, what would summer be without sweet cherries!
U-Pick red raspberries will be available Summer 2013. We have over 1,000 bushes and they are doing great.
Started in 1956 by Ray and Louise Meckley. The farm was a simple wholesale operation, where Ray took apples to the Eastern Market in Detroit. In the late 1960’s, Louise has a vision of a bakery, cider mill and farm market. At first, the retail was the older children selling fruit from a picnic table, along South Jackson Rd. In 1970, the farm market with bakery and cider mill became reality for the Meckley family. During the early 1970’s the first apple butter festival was held. Tragedy stuck on December 1st 1976 when the farm market, cider mill, and bakery building was destroyed in a massive fire. The spring of 1977 was a memorable time, when the whole family took a trip to the New England states to view other orchards and farm markets. With inspiration from the trip, renovations took place and we were able to re-open by the fall of ’77.
Over the next three decades, the farm evolved in to what is now a destination location. Four generations of customers now enjoy the many festivals and events held throughout the year, making the farm a place where many families create memories.