There are t-shirts and bumper stickers for sale all over Northern Michigan with the slogan “Traverse City: More Than Just Cherries.” This makes me laugh every time….a city so tied to its cherries that it needs a slogan to try and break away. But it’s true, there is so much more to Traverse City than just cherries. That being said, the cherries are pretty darn great!
We’re big fans of King Orchards, a family owned and operated orchard in Central Lake, Michigan, just a short drive from the cottage. They offer a variety of u-pick fruits as well as a farmstand with every variety of cherry product you can imagine. This year we stocked up on buckets of sweet black cherries, apricots and raspberries. Perhaps the most exciting thing of all was the cherry pitter, which the boys helped operate, and which led to many cherry based desserts including clafoutis and cherry crumble. And let’s be honest, it also led to cherries being eaten by the fist-full. Luckily, a quick dunk in the lake is all that was needed to scrub the boys of their cherry stains.