Our Winter Jamboree
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.
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.
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!
It’s National Cherry Month! We love February!
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!
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!
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!
National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #28
This is it! The last fact!
The Seaquist family LOVES cherries – that’s a fact! 🙂
Remember to come to Seaquist Orchards Farm Market in friendly Door County Wisconsin! We open for the 2013 season on May 15, 2013, – but you can order online at http://www.seaquistorchards.com – any day, any time!
We hope you have enjoyed these cherry facts. Keep your eyes peeled for other interesting info here at http://www.seaquistorchardesfarmmarket.wordpress.com
We will be taking a look at the history of cherries in Door County for the next few days! The next time you come to
Seaquist Orchards Farm Market in Door County, you’ll be full of fun facts!
History of the Door County Cherry Industry
In 1896, A.L. Hatch & Professor E.S. Goff began planting cherry trees on land stretching north of the city of Sturgeon Bay. One by one, new orchards were planted farther north up the peninsula by men who had faith in Door County’s special fitness for growing fruit.
By 1909, the bountiful cherry crops had received national attention and a boom in fruit growing began. A number of large corporations started planting hundreds of acres. The first such corporation was the Sturgeon Bay Orchard & Nursery Company. Years later, over 3200 acres had been planted. In 1917 it took around 230 railroad cars to haul the harvest to markets.
(information from http://www.wisconsincherries.org)
Interesting Cherry Fact #7
Why was Laura Seaquist sitting on the back of a car?
She was the Wisconsin Cherry Queen in 2006, and was part of the National Cherry Festival festivities and parades! The National Cherry Festival, which has taken place since 1926, will kick off the 87th season on June 29th, 2013. It begins with a Festival Air Show, Bay Side entertainment, and lots of cherry delights throughout the festival grounds.
Check back tomorrow to find out where in the world this festival takes place!
Every Thursday two pie-making classes are being held in the Seaquist Bakery with people of all ages learning how to make a Door County cherry pie! After introducing some of the best ingredients and techniques with which to bake, students make and assemble their very own pie that they take home at the end of class.
Cherry harvest begins tomorrow – the mechanical harvesting, that is!
We have been hand picking fresh sweet and tart cherries daily, and have them available at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market. As harvesting and processing begins, we are in prayer for our harvesting crew, and our guys working at our processing plant – for safety, for the equipment to all function properly, and for a productive, successful harvest and pack- of a very small crop!
Kristin Seaquist is the next in line for our little presentation of what the Seaquist family members are doing during the winter in Door County. The off season pace is certainly slower than it is May though October, but Kristin is still busy spending time analyzing what happened in the previous season, and planning for the upcoming season. She usually attends at least one gift show, has often attended national farm marketing conferences, and dreams about what might be possible in the upcoming years! Walking in the cherry orchards, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, reading, knitting, spending time with friends, doing Bible studies and especially enjoying her family without being in a rush, help round out the winter months. But – with March here – she has been working in earnest, getting ready for the May 16 opening day of Seaquist Orchard Farm Market.