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TREE-MENDUS FRUIT PRODUCTS
Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm Family Tree Orchard
Thank you for your interest in a Family Tree Membership. We have many
apple varieties and tree sizes from which to choose. We look forward to your membership in
our Family Tree!
How to choose your Family Apple Tree:
Personal Appointment: Call the office for an appointment (269-782-7101, see
"Hours") to visit the orchard and personally make your selection, or let us know
the price range and variety you prefer; we will be glad to make a selection for you.
Apple Varieties available:
Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Jonagold, Jonathan, Red Rome, McIntosh and
Holiday, plus several multiple-variety trees.
Sizes range from dwarfed (6-8 feet tall), semi-dwarfed to standard sized trees (20
$20 to $150 (Contract minimum $75)
July 1 of each year. Special! We will deduct 10% from the established value when
payment is received prior to March 1 of the current year.
You may not get a billing from us for your Family Tree renewal contract so it is a
good idea to renew your contract prior to leaving after harvesting each year.
How we establish tree rental prices
Prices are based on a trees 5-year estimated average production, and the
variety, size, shape, condition and location of each tree. We cannot guarantee that a tree
you select will produce a certain volume or quality of fruit. We've tried to be as
accurate as possible, but if you have a concern, please bring it to our attention.
Who takes care of your tree?
We perform all normal cultural practices except thinning and harvesting. Some
years, excess fruit may develop on certain trees and thinning is suggested in order to
obtain good-sized fruit at harvest time. Also, some imperfect apples may be removed which
improves overall quality. The best time for thinning to take place is during late June or
July. We will be glad to instruct you as to how to do this.
Visiting your Family Tree
Stop at the Tree-Mendus Fruit Country Store office during regular business hours to
obtain an Orchard Pass. (If you must harvest your tree outside regular business hours,
please contact us in advance to obtain a special orchard permit for that day.)
Present your Family Tree Membership Card. You will receive your Membership Card as you
pay for your trees. (If you send someone to pick from your tree, be sure they have written
authorization from you.)
Return the Orchard Pass as you leave.
When to harvest
Apple harvest season is generally late September and early October , but Mother
Nature has a way of speeding up or slowing down the ripening process. Call for a
Ripe-N-Ready Report before you come to pick or check our Ripe-N-Ready
Report here on the web.
Apples remaining on trees after Tree-Mendus Fruit closes for the season
are considered abandoned, unless a special extended season permit is obtained in advance.
Picnics: Bring a picnic
lunch and enjoy the private area maintained for that purpose.
Containers: Available at a
nominal charge or bring your own.
available in orchard in limited quantity. Use at your own risk. Please ask for instruction
on their use. Please be considerate of others.