Jul 23, 2018
The 2018 Door County Cherry Season is in full swing. This year’s crop is beautiful. The trees are loaded with bright red cherries.
Door County’s cooler spring months and unique soil composition make it an ideal spot for growing cherries. Early farmers in the county observed this and developed some of the earliest and largest fruit orchards in the state. Some of the biggest names in the county—such as Seaquist, Lautenbach and Zettel—got their start with a modest grove of cherry trees, eventually making words “Door County” synonymous with “cherries.” – Door County Visitor Bureau
Cherry Season 2018
Harvest and Pick Your Own – Orchards further south on the peninsula will typically see an earlier harvest than the orchards in the northern portion of Door County. The typical cherry harvest lasts for about 3 weeks, so there may be cherries available farther north into the first-second week in August. – Wisconsin Cherry Growers
It’s nearly impossible to visit Door County without having cherries come into a conversation or appear on a menu. From farm markets to wineries to canned goods, products from the region’s most prized fruit are a sweet (and sometimes sour) fringe benefit of the Door Peninsula’s cool winds off Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Wisconsin loves Door County cherries, but the best place to go and get them is from those who love them the most: the area’s growers. – Travel Wisconsin
When it comes to Wisconsin cherries, Door County is at the center of the industry. Or, as Jon Jarosh of the Door County Visitor Bureau puts it, “We are the heart of the state’s cherry industry. Almost all of Wisconsin’s cherry crops are grown here in Door County.” That’s been the case since the 1890s, when cherry trees were first planted in the county, located on the peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Both geographically and geologically, it’s an ideal region for growing the primarily tart cherries Door County is known for. – Farm Flavor
August means cherry everything in Door County – drinks, desserts, even savory entrees! Tart Montmorency cherries grow particularly well on the peninsula and are wonderful for cooking and drinks. The Wisconsin Cherry Growers Association touts the health benefits of cherries, including protection against heart disease and inflammation and high anti-oxidant properties. Just one ounce of cherry juice concentrate a day could do wonders for your health. – Sturgeon Bay Visitor’s Center