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  • Harvest 2018

    What We Know as of July 19, 2018

    Our cherry harvest will be a little later this year, at least that is what we are guess-timating right now. We plan to open the orchard to guests by appointment starting on Friday, July 27, and throw the gates open to the general public on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29. You can make your appointment at the bottom of this page. We will keep this page updated as things progress as well as post on our page on Facebook. You can also call us at 406-887-2869, but please, no earlier than 7 a.m. or later than 9 p.m.
     

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

    Cheers! Thanks and see you soon.


    Here are the particulars:

    • We are normally open for u-pick on weekends, or during the week by appointment. Please do not come to the orchard during the week and hope to get in to pick. We will be busy with our commercial harvest and won’t have time to take care of you.
    • U-pick sweet cherries sell for $1.50/#. Pie cherries sell for $2/# u-pick.
    • 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. Two varieties of pie cherries are available this year. 
    • Most of the fruit is easily reached from the ground. If you feel you need some help, please do not bring a step-stool with more than three steps. We are not allowed to provide you with ladders. 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 , visit our Facebook page, email us 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.


    Be a friend! Bring a friend! Tell a friend!

    Some of our smallest pickers end up with more cherry on the outside than the inside.

    Some of our smallest pickers end up with more cherry on the outside than the inside.