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Sweet Cherries on Johnson Farms, Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

We’ve been getting questions about when cherries and blueberries will be ripe on the Old Mission Peninsula. Most OMP farmers are starting – or have already started – harvesting sweet cherries this week, and you can find both light and dark sweets on roadside stands along the Peninsula.

My niece, Heatherlyn Reamer, who manages our family’s farm, Johnson Farms, says they will start shaking tart cherries on July 18, although they will be ready a few days before that. You may even find some tarts on roadside stands this week.

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As for blueberries, Ben and Lori Buchan, who own Buchan’s Blueberry Hill, say they are seeing a few “blue” berries here and there, but are looking at the last few days of July to open for picking.

Here’s their post on Facebook:

Buchan’s Blueberry Hill is located at 1472 Nelson Road on the Old Mission Peninsula. They are mainly a u-pick fruit farm, but also make their own (delicious!) ice cream, cider, and homemade jams, jellies and baked goods.

When they open for blueberry picking (generally around late July or early August), their market hours are Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Specifically:

  • Monday – Wednesday: Adults 12 and up u-pick days
  • Thursday – Sunday: All pick days

Before heading over there, be sure and call (231) 223-4846 to check the picking status. Happy picking!

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A lifelong resident of the Old Mission Peninsula, Jane grew up on a cherry farm (Johnson Farms), married the boy next door (Tim Boursaw), and raised two kids there (Will and Marissa). Her 35-year career as a photojournalist includes bylines with the New York Times and Ladies' Home Journal, and interviews with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. But she loves writing about the OMP most of all.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks Jane,
    I thoroughly enjoyed this edition. The granting OMP School sovereignty is very exciting . Hope to see you at Bryce’s reunion the first Saturday in August. I have copied the video of the dedication of the war memorial, but it’s in pretty bad shape. Remember it is over 65 years old. Hope that you can use some of it. I have a couple of surprises of people that I copied as well. You may recognize them.

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