Welcome to Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm, reporting on what's going on here at the orchard. Our Farm market is open for the season. Our hours are Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Our orchard closes at 5:30. We are closed on Tuesday. Please call during regular business hours for the up to the minute harvesting schedule.
Sweet Cherry harvesting has begun and the crop is Tree-Mendus. We are starting the early varieties on June 17 and will continue through many more varieties as they ripen. Harvesting season usually lasts a few weeks.
Tart cherries are looking good as well and right now we are thinking about the last week of June to the first week of July for the beginning of harvesting. Please check with us if you are planning to come for tart cherry u-pick. Mother nature has a way of speeding up and slowing down the ripening process. It's better to call before you come. Don't forget that we have pitting facilities where you can wash, sort, and have your tart cherries pitted before you go home. It is always a good idea to bring a cooler to store them for the trip home.
We have picked a few apricots for the Country Store but we wont have a plentyful supply for a week or two. The season is right around the corner and I can't wait.
If you can't make it to the farm we do have 2 farmers markets that we attend. Friday from 7-1 at the St Charles Bakers Church in Illinois and Sundays from 9-2 at the Frankfort Country Market in Illinois. Come see us for some Tree-Mendus Fruit.
Mark your calendars for the 42nd International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship. Held right here at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm every year on the first Saturday of July. This year our Pit- Spit will be on July 4th. This event is free of charge and is for every age! Qualifying rounds start at 10:00 am and end at 12:00 pm. All of the top spitters in their designated division will then compete in the championship rounds that begin at 1:00. Join us for a "siptacular" event.
When planning your summer events Tree-Mendus Fruit has accommodations for your family to make your visit more enjoyable. We offer a private "valley" picnic area for large groups, family reunions, or any gathering you may have. The valley comes with a pavilion and picnic tables to accommodate any size group. Call for reservations. For your fall visit you may want to consider renting an apple tree from our family tree orchard. This is a private orchard to "Rent-A-Tree" customers only. Our "Family Rent-A Tree" program allows families to "rent" an apple tree for the season. We take care of it; all you have to do is pick it! Bring the family and enjoy a picnic under your very own tree. Choose from apple varieties like, Mutsu, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Rome, Jonathan, and Holiday.
Nancy is continually updating our listing for "e-news". This will be any updates on special events, harvesting, or fruit special's you may want to know about. If you wish to be signed up for this, just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be sending these e-mails only when there is an update on the season fruits or specials. You can also check us out on FaceBook. If you receive our newsletter in late May, some of this information will be in there, but up to the minute details on harvesting and added specials will only be sent via e-mail. You can call us anytime for more information, or check here for the Ripe-N-Ready report.
Did you know in addition to U-Pick and we-pick fruit in season, Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm accommodates company picnics, group orchard tours and country dinners by reservation. Our recreation area is a private picnic area nestled in a valley surrounded by trees for privacy. A pavilion is also available in case of rain. So plan for next spring or summer now. Call during regular office hours to schedule your event.
Thanks for visiting and have a Tree-Mendus Day!