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)

 

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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Soup’s On! Who can’t always eat soup?

 

Spring is coming real soon, but we know we will still have chilly days ahead!

This is your chance to stock up on the award winning soups from Maggie and Mary! You’ll find all their delicious flavors on our website, at www.seaquistorchards.com. Do a search on our online store for Maggie and Mary, and the selection of soups will be available to you. We will send you a free box of the #1 winner, Creamy Wild Rice Soup Mix, with every 3 boxes you order! There isn’t a better soup mix out there– so if you haven’t tried them, – this is the perfect opportunity! Eat well and be well, with our delicious soup mixes! This offer is available March 19 through March 31. You will not see this in your cart.  We will just add it. 

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National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #28

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #28

This is it!  The last fact!

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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

Get cozy!

Get cozy!  Warmup with a free soup mix from Seaquist Orchards Farm Market with purchase of $35 or more.

Enter promo code GETCOZY at checkout, and we will include a free Cream of Wild Rice Soup mix.

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Have you been in Door County, to Seaquist Orchards Farm Market lately? Stop in and sample our famous salad dressings!

Have you been in Door County, to Seaquist Orchards Farm Market lately?  Stop in and sample our famous salad dressings!  Print this page and bring it in for 20% off any Seaquist salad dressing.  Or type in promo code 20dres and receive a 20% discount online.

YMCA Kids at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market

It’s a fun day for YMCA kids at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market!

A group of day campers from the Door County YMCA came to visit us today at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market.  Mr. Seaquist took the kids on an orchard tour in a school bus, and taught them about crops and the way we take care of trees.  A quick rest on cool grass in the shade of a big tree felt oh-so-good!  Listening to 4 different antique tractors run was fun too! After the tractor lesson, it was time to check out our new production facility, to see where we make jam, pie filling, press  apple cider and pack apples.  The Rope Maze was the next stop – and hopefully the kids will all find their way through the maze, and back to the Y!

 

Cherry Harvest

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!

What is Zach up to these days?

Zach at one of his many desks!

Summer is here – and Seaquist family members and employees are working non-stop!

Our next family member in our story of what we do during the off-season is Zach.  BUT, it’s not the off season anymore!  Summer, fall, winter or spring, – Zach, who grew up working in the farm machine shop, orchard, beside his dad Dale, is busy year-round, building and repairing equipment.  Zach is in charge of the machine shop, heads up the harvesting crew during cherry season, implements and maintains our irrigation systems, and helps us all whenever he can with whatever needs to be done.  Zach is one of our behind-the-scenes family members, – who helps make it all go well for the rest of us.

It’s a good day!

It’s a good day at Seaquist’s for many reasons:

The sun is shining in Door County!

Zach is in the Seaquist Machine Shop.

Dale is working on his Fordson tractor.

Cole has a smile on his face – probably because of Lisa!

Kristin walked to work today, – through a cherry orchard and an apple orchard.

Heather is heading out of town on a little vacation.

The others are all busy too, including Jim, Robin, Lisa, Justin, and all the other helping hands.

GOD is good!