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.

 

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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 “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

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #27

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #27

You may have read some of these facts previously on this blog, – but one of them is really worth repeating.

Which one?  The cherry pie filling one, in particular!

•Cherry pie filling is the number one pie filling sold in the US.

•Tart cherries contain 19 times the of beta carotene of blueberries and strawberries.

•They are also rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E and also provide potassium, magnesium, folate, iron, and fiber.

•Tart cherries are one of the few known food sources of melatonin. Melatonin is an antioxidant that helps regulate our circadian rhythms and natural sleep patterns.

•A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that tart cherries ranked 14 in the top 50 foods for highest antioxidant content per serving size—surpassing red wine, prunes, dark chocolate and orange juice. (from http://www.wherefoodcomesfrom.com)

 

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Remember, – you can order cherry pie filling year round at http://www.seaquistorchards.com.  Seaquist Orchards Farm Market will open its doors for the 2013 season on May 15, 2013.  The snow will have all melted by then, and you will be able to come on in and purchase pie filling right off the shelves.  We are busy making filling right now at Seaquist Canning.  If you are in the area, you are welcome to watch our products being made, all winter long, at our new production facility, in Door County Wisconsin.

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #26

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #26

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If you lined up all of the Seaquist cherry trees north to south, how far would they extend?  Well – this may not be an actual fact, – but we think it’s pretty close.  They would extend down towards southern Illinois!!!

But – we still do have a few cherries up here in Sister Bay, Door County, Wisconsin at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market.  Order online at http://www.seaquistorchards.com, and Tom will ship them to you just as quickly as you can say, “Cherries!”

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #25

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #25

It’s another delicious recipe!

You will love this – and there is a bit of history behind it too!

Remember, – you can order cherries online at http://www.seaquistorchards.com, from Seaquist Orchards Farm Market in wintery Door County Wisconsin!

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The Best Ever Cherry Hamentashen

(Now you are wondering perhaps, – “What are Hamentashen?”  There was a man in the Bible named Haman.  If you know the story of Esther, – you may recognize that name!  If you’d like to know more, it’s a fascinating story, found in the book of Esther, in the Bible.  These Hamentashen are a delicious treat served during Purim, a Jewish holiday.)

Yields:  2-3 dozen

Ingredients:

3/4 cup margarine, softened (not tub margarine)

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (I often just use a squirt of lemon juice)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 drop water

1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling

sugar, for sprinkling

2 1/4 cups flour

Directions:

1 Cream margarine in mixer bowl.

2 Add sugar and beat till fluffy.

3 Beat in egg, lemon peel, and vanilla.

4 Add in flour and salt.

5 Beat in water a few drops at a time until dough starts to come away from sides of bowl.

6 Place dough in a 2-quart size bag and form into a flat disk.

7 Refrigerate for a minimum of 2-3 hours and maximum of 2-3 days.

8 Roll out dough flat about an 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.

9 Using a round cookie cutter or the top of a cup, cut out circles.

10 Spoon 2 cherries and a little bit of filling onto the dough circles.

11 To fold into the shape of a hamentashen (a triangle) use both thumbs and the two first fingers on each hand.

12 Slide two fingers from left hand under left side and two fingers from right hand under right side and two thumbs under the bottom of circle.

13 Bring all fingers (with dough) together to form a triangle and try to pinch close.

14 Repeat this process with remaining circles and dough.

15 Place on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper.

16 Sprinkle a small amount of sugar on top of each one.

17 Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes or just starting to turn pale golden.

Read more at: http://www.food.com/recipe/the-best-ever-cherry-hamentashen-55454?oc=linkback

 

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #23

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #23

Please laugh at this……..  🙂

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Knock Knock


Who’s there ?


Cherry !


Cherry who ?


Cherry oh, see you later !

 (from http://www.jokebhudda.com)

We’ll see you in the spring, – Seaquist Orchards Farm Market will open in sunny Door County, Wisconsin on May 15, 2013.  Until then, you can find delicious cherry products at http://www.seaquistorchards.com

Cherry Oh!

 

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #21

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #21

This nutritional info will help you to…..

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Cherries
Serving Size (73g)
Amounts Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 50
Calories from Fat 0
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
  Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
  Sugars 10g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 2%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

As you can see, – cherries are so very good for you!  We have a special running right now on dried cherries at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, in a snowy Door County, Wisconsin.  You may want to pick up a few packages at http://www.seaquistorchards.com!

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Here’s an idea of something to do with all those leftover cherry pits!
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For centuries cherry pit cushions have been used in Switzerland as both a massage and heating cushion. Cherry pits are the ideal natural substance for retaining heat or cold without synthetics. A well-dried cherry pit can easily absorb heat or cold and release it very slowly.

Cherry pits inside cotton velour make a great natural heating pad or cooling pad. Used as a heating cushion, it maintains a temperature that is superior to that of a water filled hot water bottle. Heat in the microwave or freeze in freezer. Great for menstrual cramping, pregnancy pains, after birth pains, lower back discomfort; freeze to use cold on minor injuries.

You know that we will have plenty of cherry pits during cherry season at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin.  Check us out online at http://www.seaquistorchards.com!

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #19

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #19

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You can find cherries all over the world!

Globally, the United States is the largest fresh cherry exporter, followed by Turkey, Austria and Chile. Total U.S. cherries exported, tart and sweet varieties combined, was 58,704 metric tons in 2010.

In 2010, Canada was the largest market for U.S. cherry exports overall, followed by Japan and Taiwan. Canada accounted for $114.7 million of the $326 million in total U.S. exports.  (www.agmrc.org)

You can always find cherry products at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin.  Check out our large variety of cherry items at http://www.seaquistorchards.com.