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Blossoms on the Cherry Trees!

What a beautiful day it is on the Leelanau peninsula! The cherry trees are blooming, the bees are buzzing and there is promise in the air of a good crop.  This area grows the majority of the tart cherries in north america. Last year there was almost complete crop failure because of some freaky hot weather in march for 10 days. Say a prayer and keep your fingers crossed for a good crop this year.

Tart Cherry Blossoms

These are tart cherries, the variety is called Balaton. My favorite!

Rows and rows of cherries

Rows and rows of cherries

The Fruit growers have to rent bees to ensure pollination. These bees are from Sleeping Bear Apiaries

The Fruit growers have to rent bees to ensure pollination. These bees are from Sleeping Bear Apiaries

Rows and Rows and Rows of Cherries. This orchard is adjacent to Hillside Homestead

Rows and Rows and Rows of Cherries. This orchard is adjacent to Hillside Homestead

The sun on the cherries

And the Sun we could not do it without the sun and the bees and the soil and the water.

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