A Last Weekend of U-Pick! August 5, 2017

Greetings cherry fans!

Okay, change of plans. We will be open both today, Saturday, 8/5 and tomorrow, Sunday, 8/6. We will close at 4 p.m. today and at 2 p.m. tomorrow. This is your last chance to get fresh cherries from us this year. (At 12:20 p.m., it is a perfect 72 degrees. Doesn't get any better than that for cherry picking.)

All the information you need to get here and the "rules" for picking are listed below.

Cheers! Thanks again everyone! See you soon.

Here are the paticulars:

  • U-pick cherries sell for $1.50/#.
  • The available cherries are Lapins on our younger dwarfing trees and Lamberts on our venerable old full-sized trees. There are no Rainier cherries available for u-pick. Some limited pie cherries are available this year. Pie cherries sell for $2.50/# u-pick.
  • Most of the fruit is easily reached from the ground. Most of the fruit is now adult-shoulder height or higher. If you feel you need some help, please do not bring a stepstool with more than three steps. We are not allowed to provide you with ladders. Please note that if you bring and use a step-stool, you are assuming all liability for its use.
  • We need you to bring adequate containers to take your fruit home. We are no longer providing bags or boxes in order to conserve planetary resources.
  • Our orchards are host to lots of beneficial insects and the occasional wasp or bee. Dress accordingly, wear a hat, use sunscreen, and drink water. We are trying a new orchard floor management scheme and there are chopped prunings on the ground, so we recommend closed-toe shoes.
  • Your children are welcome and are a main reason we open for u-pick, but they are not allowed to climb the trees and we ask that you keep them with you, within a tree's distance, at all times. And please, no children on any ladders. (We know you would never let your kids climb our trees or ladders or wonder off. But other people do and we need to remind them.)
  • We prefer if you leave your dog(s) at home, but if you must bring them with you, we require that you have them on a leash at all times and are prepared to clean up after them should the need arise. Due to new Federal food safety guidelines, we can no longer allow you to take your dogs into the orchards. (Those other people, again.)
  • Please verify that we are open before coming out to the orchard. Things can change suddenly on a farm, and we want you to have a positive and memorable experience with us filled with LOTS of cherries. So make sure we are open with fruit available. Call 406.887.2869 or email or check back here.

If you've never been to the orchard, here are directions:

From Polson take Hwy 35 north six miles to Finley Point Rd. Turn left. Just after you see the sign for Finley Point State Park, make a left onto South Finley Point Rd. Go 1/4 mile and pass the cherry packing plant. We are the first dirt road past the packing plant on your right. Go to the top of the hill and come in our gate on your left. During u-pick season, we will have our "Fat Robin Organic Orchard & Farm" sign out South Finley Point Rd to guide you. There may be hand-painted u-pick signs on the highway and right after you turn onto Finley Point Rd. That is NOT us. If you are coming to Fat Robin, pass those signs and follow the directions above.

From Big Fork take Hwy 35 South approximately 25 miles to Finley Point Rd. Turn right and follow the directions above.

Google Maps will bring you here but many GPS systems won't. GPS may take you someplace else, which will be a nice diversion, but won't get you any of our yummy cherries.

Any questions? Need to make an appointment? What to find a "drop" close to you. Or order cherries? Call 406.887.2869 (no earlier than 7 a.m. or later than 9 p.m., please) or email us at info@fatrobinorchard.com.

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We will also have picked and packed fruit available to order and pick-up.

18# of Lambert, Lapin, or Van cherries ~ $50
18# of Rainier cherries ~ $63 (sold out)

Pie cherries of either variety, Montmorency or Balaton ~ $3.50/# in gallon bags

Please call to place your order.

If we can get sufficient orders, we may be making deliveries the week of July 31 to the following areas:

Bozeman/Livingston/Gallatin Valley
Great Falls

Delivered cherries are priced slightly higher to accomodate for the travel, calculated for each delivery. If you don't see your area on this list, talk to us about organizing a delivery into your area.