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DSC_0128.JPGThe beautiful apple and cherry tree bloom is approaching soon! Each tree across the farm will slowly break out of dormancy with the warming temperature and longer days, and begin the growing season with a burst of colorful flowers ranging from white to pink.

As the blossoms open local bees and other flying pollinators begin their work of carrying pollen from blossom to blossom. Seaquist Orchards also brings in additional beehives which aid in ensuring pollination in less than ideal weather conditions. These pallet sized hives arrive first in our southernmost fields where blossoms generally open first, and are then moved North as the bloom works its way up the Door Peninsula.

A few brave souls rise well before the sun to move these sleeping beehives before they wake to the day’s warmth. The pallets are carefully loaded onto a flatbed truck, and driven to their next field to be carefully unloaded, all before the hive rises for another busy day of pollinating.

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As warm spring weather patiently makes its way up to wonderful Door County, watch as our orchards put on their finest as our growing season kicks off, and keep an eye out for the beehives and the trucks carrying them in the early predawn hours!

 

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Door County Cherries

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Cherries have been important in Door County for a long time. Over 100 years ago, Anders Seaquist and his son Carl planted their first cherry orchards in northern Door County.   Now, millions of pounds of cherries are an important part of our economy. The beauty of orchards in bloom is a spring time wonder. Fruit harvest in summer is a beauty to behold, and cherry products are a flavor thrill in fall and winter. These days, the 6th generation of Seaquist family members is busy with cherry production and can authenticate our product byline: Locally grown. Locally processed. Loved worldwide.

 

Our Winter Jamboree

 

Our Winter Jamboree

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In the height of summer, people often ask us at Seaquist Canning what occupies our winters. While Seaquist Orchards Farm Market is quiet, the Seaquist Processing is closed up tightly and the cherry and apple trees are taking a deep sleep, our canning kitchen is hosting a loud, fragrant and fun Jamboree. These are the months we have to prepare the many delicious jars of products you purchase all season long.

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So what does our jamboree sound like? It is the sound of jars clanking, lids popping, music blasting and laughter. What does it smell like? It is almost indescribable! Today it smells like fragrant, sweet, mouthwatering raspberries. We can always tell the flavor of the day by the smell in the air. What does our jamboree look like? We have 7 full time staff working so hard to make and perfect each jar of jam, jelly, salsa and pie filling. We appreciate them so much! In just three weeks’ time that staff made over 36,000 jars of our top flavor, Chopped Cherry Jam. They are a super team!  This week we are working on “small” flavors and then we move onto another top flavor, Cherry Pie Filling. This year we will make about 17,000 jars of our famous cherry pie filling.

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The Seaquist family is very thankful that we are able to bring our fruit full circle, from our orchards to your kitchen. We hope that you taste the love and commitment in each bite of our products!

 

First Kiss Cupcakes

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These cupcakes look delicious, and would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day treat!

The perfect way to celebrate National Cherry Month!

Here at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, our bakery is closed up tightly for the winter, but our homes are bustling with baking, cooking and all kinds of fun!  Winter in Door County is a busy time, but a different kind of busy than the summer season.  We are always thinking about cherries however, no matter what time of year it is!

The recipe is below.  It may look long and complicated, but it’s really quite simple, and very delicious!

Enjoy the cupcakes!

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Ingredients

CHOCOLATE CAKE:
1 cup cocoa
2 cups boiling water
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chocolate extract
Paper baking cups
Vegetable cooking spray
24 milk chocolate kisses

CHERRY FROSTING:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons cherry jam
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar

TOPPINGS:
24 red maraschino cherries (with stems)

CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
1 cup whipping cream
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cocoa and 2 cups boiling water in a large heatproof bowl, stirring until blended and smooth; cool completely. Beat butter with a mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in chocolate extract.

Place paper baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Do not cool.
While cupcakes are still warm, press 1 chocolate kiss into the center of each. Let cool completely.
To prepare cherry frosting, beat first 5 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until creamy. Makes 3 cups.
Frost each cupcake with Cherry Frosting.

To prepare ganache, cook cream in a heavy non aluminum saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, just until it begins to steam (do not boil); remove from heat. Place chocolate in a glass bowl. Slowly add hot cream to chocolate, beating with a whisk until chocolate melts and mixture is well blended. The mixture will thicken as it cools. Makes about 2 cups.
Dip cherries in Chocolate Ganache, and place 1 on top of each cupcake.

(recipe from southern living.com)

 

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This isn’t Kansas!

No Ice Cream on Cherry Pie???

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At one time, it was illegal to put ice cream on top of cherry pie in Kansas!  We don’t know why that law existed, but we here at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market Bakery are definitely glad those good folks in Kansas can enjoy eating cherry pie alamode. It’s almost the best way! If not ice cream, whipped cream will do….. or plain isn’t bad either……

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Always remember, eating cherry pie isn’t a fattening thing to do, it’s a healthy thing to do, because cherries are so darn good for you!  We raise all the cherries we use in our bakery right here at Seaquist Orchards, in beautiful Door County Wisconsin!

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National Cherry Month!

It’s National Cherry Month!  We love February!

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It’s National Cherry Month! It seems to come every February, doesn’t it? We thought it would be fun to share news, fun facts, and even fictional information regarding cherries. You may need this info some day!

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The view down Seaquist Road may look a bit dreary today, but we don’t mind it!  Our cherries are resting, getting ready for another summer bursting with cherries, hopefully!

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Do you know the name of the most popular tart cherry? It makes up about 95% of the tart cherries in the world, with the Morello coming in a very distant second. It’s the Montmorency cherry!  If you intend to do some baking, these tart cherries are the ones to use, because they have such a wonderful flavor! Here in Door County, Wisconsin, we at Seaquist Orchards raise Montmorency cherries, and lots of them! We have them fresh, when it’s cherry season, and frozen in a variety of sizes at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market. We also put them into our jams, pie fillings, and salsas at Seaquist Canning, along with pies, doughnuts, and other baked goods, not to mention our smoothies too! They are delicious!

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National Cherry Month! Even in Nashville!

It’s National Cherry Month! Wahoo!  Seaquist Orchards Farm Market in beautiful Door County Wisconsin loves National Cherry Month, and cherries!

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Here’s our cherry tidbit for today: Juicy Fruit has come out with 2 starburst flavors, and one of them is CHERRY! Way to go Juicy Fruit!

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Another “lazy” winter in Door County. Snow, cold, snow, cold…..WAIT! NOW what’s happening at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market? The main building is gone, the bakery window practically looks like a drive up window (it’s not!), and the Fudge Kitchen is wrapped in a plastic tarp! Check back for more pics of our exciting remodeling project at the market. And remember to eat your cherries! February is National Cherry Month!

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