A bit early, the Door County cherry crop is ripe, abundant and ready for harvesting.
Turning east on Cty EE off Highway 42, just north of Egg Harbor, I had to stop, turn around and take a closer look at “something old, something new” – an addition to the rural landscape. The Robertoy’s have rescued a classic old cherry stand from the Kita farm, painted and polished it up a bit and opened the doors for business. Hyline Orchards now has three different types of cherries ready for hand-picking by-the-bucket.
According to Terry Sorenson, President of the Wisconsin Cherry Growers, mechanical tart cherry harvest has just started with sweet cherries 10 days or so into their harvest.
“The mild spring has everything bumped up a bit,” says Sorenson. “And although we’ve had some loss because of a couple of cold snaps, there will still be plenty of fresh cherries available through the end of the month.”
Three generations of Robertoys are hard at work in Egg Harbor at Hyline Orchards. When you go cherry-picking, keep your eyes peeled for their yellow cherries, an unusual and tasty variety.
For more information on where to pick or purchase delicious Door County cherries visit www.wisconsincherries.org.