Cherry production in Michigan Information

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Montmorency cherries

Cherry production in Michigan is a major part of the agriculture industry in the state. [1] Harvesting over 90,000 tons of cherries each year, Michigan is the nation's leading producer of tart cherries. The Montmorency cherry is the variety of tart, or sour, cherry most commonly grown in the state. [2]

Michigan's cherry industry is highly vulnerable to a late spring frost, which can wipe out a season's harvest. This occurred most recently in 2012, when over 90% of the crop was lost. [3] [4]

The Fruit Belt (also called the Fruit Ridge) of western Michigan, and, in particular, the Grand Traverse Bay region, produce most of the state's cherries. [5] In addition, Traverse City hosts the National Cherry Festival each July. [6] [7]

See also


  1. ^ Russell, John L. (July 16, 2016). "Michigan Growers Foresee Tasty Year for Cherry Harvest". The Detroit News. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  2. ^ Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (n.d.). Michigan Agriculture Facts & Figures (PDF) (Brochure). Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. n.p. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Dolan, Matthew (June 1, 2012). "Spring Is No Bowl of Cherries for Michigan Growers". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Michigan Ag Council (2016). "Michigan Cherries". Michigan Ag Council. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  5. ^ National Agricultural Statistics Service (June 17, 2010). "Cherry Production" (PDF). National Agricultural Statistics Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 22, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  6. ^ Traverse City Tourism (2017). "Cherry Industry". Traverse City Tourism. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  7. ^ Michigan Economic Development Corporation (n.d.). "National Cherry Festival". Pure Michigan Travel. National Agricultural Statistics Service. Retrieved January 2, 2017.