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)

 

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!

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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Special Offers – now through August 3!

Special Offers – now through August 3!

Chopped Cherry Jam

 

Buy 5 Chopped Cherry Jams, Get 1 FREE!

Cherry Season has arrived in Door County!  Here at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market we are loving this cherry season!  We want to share the love!  If you order 5 jars of our 12 oz. Chopped Cherry Jam, we will send you the 6th jar free!  Our products are locally grown, locally processed (right next door at our Seaquist Production Facility), and loved worldwide!  Order quickly, because this offer ends August 3.

 

No promo code needed – we’ll take care of the details for you!

A Pick of the Best Gift Crate

$12 Shipping!

 

Picking cherries couldn’t be easier!  We have selected some of our best loved products (mostly cherry), and put them together in our lovely Pick of the Best Gift Box!  Dried cherries, Cherry Salsa, Chopped Cherry Jam, Cherry Nut Bread Mix, and our Summer Tomato Salad Dressing, make a wonderful gift for a friend, or yourself! We will give you $10 off the cost of the shipping if you order this week.  Instead of $22, you’ll only pay $12, – so order quickly, because this offer ends August 3.

 

No promo code needed – we’ll take care of the details for you!

Specials may not be combined.  Only one special available per order.  Thank you!

Special Offers – now through July 27!

What’s New at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market

Special Offers – now through July 27!

Dried Cherries Free Dried Cherries with $20 Order!

Free dried cherries? Are you serious? Yes we are! If you order $20 or more from Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, we will send you a free 2 oz. bag of dried cherries! Place multiple orders, get multiple bags! This terrific offer ends July 27.

Promo Code: FREEBAG

Seaquist Orchards Jammin' Gift Crate $9 Shipping!

We here at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market are “Jammin”! Order our “Jammin” gift box, filled with 4 12 oz. jars of a variety of cherry jams, and our Cherry Nut Bread Mix and we will send it to you for only $9 shipping (regularly $16.50). Where are the jams made? Right here, at our Seaquist Production Facility! From our orchards, to your table, our products are locally grown, locally processed, and loved worldwide! This fantastic offer ends July 27.

No promo code needed – we’ll take care of the details for you!

Specials may not be combined.  Only one special available per order.  Thank you!

Special Offers – now through July 20!

What’s New at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market

Special Offers – now through July 20!

Cherry Salsa

10% Off Your Entire Order!

Here’s a fun deal!  If you purchase a quart jar of Seaquist Orchards Farm Market “better than anything” Cherry Salsa, we will take 10% off your entire order!  That’s easy!  Order soon however, because this sale ends July 20.

Promo Code: SALSA10

Door Country Sampler

$15 Shipping!

Sampling Door County………hmmm………how do you do that?  Well, here at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, we will put together 12 delicious Door County products:  coffees, jams, applesauce, sausage, mustard, pancake mix, chocolate covered dried cherries, maple syrup, – all from some of Door County’s finest businesses, and send it to you!  Regularly, the shipping cost is $22.00, but for this week, it’s only $15!  We know you know someone who is longing for Door County, and this may help relieve their distress!  Send them a gift of Door County – today!  This offer expires July 20.

No promo code needed – we’ll take care of the details for you!