Door County’s cherry crop is almost ready or picking now. Orchard crews soon will be out in the fields with the “shakers”, gathering the crop for sale as whole fruit, or, processing the cherries for juice, pie filling, jams, and cherry salsa.  If you’re a “do-it-yourself kind of person”, there are places where you can go and pick your own cherries. Pick your own cherry orchard locations near Birchwood Lodge are Lautenbach’s Orchard and Winery in Fish Creek, and Seaquist Farm Market, just north of Sister Bay, has a wide variety of cherry products.  Seaquist Orchards will host their Cherry Festival on Saturday, July 28th from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm. Although Seaquist Orchards does not have specific items listed for the day, be prepared for fun events and orchard tours. Some growers  may provide picking containers designed for cherries, but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers. If you use your own containers, remember that heaping cherries more than 3 inches deep will smash the lower cherries. Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large pots make good containers. Plastic storage containers can also be used. Make a reservation for your “cherry-pickin” trip and then enjoy more fun in our area when you stay at Birchwood Lodge in Sister Bay. Reservations can be made on-line at www.birchwoodlodge.com, or by phone at our tollfree number 866-854-7195. Come on up to Door County, there is an abundant crop of cherries awaiting to delight you.