Jollay Orchards :: Orchard Outlook
Jollay Orchards takes the greatest pride in providing manicured orchards for our visitors. Grab a little red wagon at the farm market and take a walk through the orchard trails. Beginning with the blossoms in May and fruit ripening through Harvest in October there is always something to see, and learn.
Our Orchard Outlook will keep you up to date on growing conditions and current fruit available for you to pick. Beginning in July with, delicious Michigan Sweet Cherries, from Rainier to Queen Anne, you won't believe the flavor and satisfaction of picking tree-ripened fruit. Sweet Cherry U pick will lead us into Peach season. Juicy peaches that range in variety from freestone to cling will be a treat for young and old alike. Our Red Raspberries are an ever blooming bush. Once the fruit begins to ripen in early July we will have raspberries for you to pick until late September rolls around. With activities and fruit available throughout the summer we are just gearing up for the Fall Harvest. The most bountiful time at Jollay Orchards the trees and vines are ready with Apples and Pumpkins.
From early summer though late fall there is always something ready for your family to enjoy at Jollay Orchards.
The Lake Effect: We often hear about Lake Effect in the winter. With heavy snow and winter's wrath coming to mind it is hard to believe that we love the Lake Effect. Lake Michigan offers us a unique climate for fruit growing. Here is a view of the effect of Lake Michigan by season:
Spring: With Lake Michigan still cold from the winter months, air coming across the lake keeps the coast cool. The benefit to our fruit is that a bud does not open too early. Once the flower blossom is open it is vulnerable to damage cause by a late frost. The lake effect delaying the bloom mitigates that risk.
Summer: Growing fruit is not just a passion it is a science as well. Tree functions begin to shut down when temperatures reach about 90 degrees. The cool air coming off Lake Michigan make these days rare in Southwest Michigan.
Fall: Now that Lake Michigan has had ample time to warm up, colder air moving in from the north comes across the water, warming up as it travels. This process helps delay the arrival of the cold weather and the first frost.
Winter: We know lake effect in winter, huge piles of snow and white out conditions, that snow helps insulate the ground and protect our trees. Fruit growers worry about the intensely cold temperatures. Lake Michigan is hard at work again keeping the lakeshore about 10 degrees warmer from inland temperatures and protecting the dormant buds that can be damaged in extreme cold.
Our landscape is full of rolling hills, keeping air flowing through orchards and frost off of the delicate leaves and buds. The clouds that form over the lake act like a giant blanket, holding warmer air closer to the ground. It is so easy to forget where our food comes from. Grocery stores do not begin to tell the story that Mother Nature writes each season. She always seems to keep us on our toes but with a lot of work and a little luck each year we are here to provide you with the highest quality fruit. Come learn and grow at Jollay Orchards.