11 Places to Experience
Cherries in Door County
In Door County, cherries are not only integral to the local economic and culinary landscapes, they are also touchstones of history and family. Make cherries a family affair by visiting locally owned and operated cherry orchards and markets. Pick your own cherries, learn about Door County cherry history, and taste delicious cherry products at these 11 Door County locations.
Cherry De-Lite Country Ovens
Using Grade-A Montmorency cherries, Cherry De-Lite Country Ovens fills its country store top to bottom with cherry products. Samples abound! Cherry highlights include autoimmune-boosting cherry juice and dried cherries, as well as chocolate-covered cherries and bakery items. Stop by for the annual Cherry Celebration in July. This fun-filled day includes wine-tasting, cooking demos, pie eating contests, games, and live music.
Located on 200 acres of cherries, Choice Orchards is the perfect place for a multitude of cherry experiences. Pick your own cherries during the cherry harvest season that usually runs from mid-July to early August. You can experience cherries even when they’re not in season at the Orchard Museum. Learn about cherries and the day-to-day functioning of Choice Orchards. Round out the day with a picnic and walk through the Evergreen Maze.
Grandma Tommy’s Country Store
Beginning with a Croatian grandmother, her original roadside market, and a dream, Grandma Tommy’s Country store is now run by Grandma Tommy’s grandchildren and specializes in Door County products. Of course, this includes Door County cherries! Pick up a Cherry Lovers Basket, cherry jam, cherry pie filling, and more.
Wood Orchard Market
At Wood Orchard Market, discover products from three different types of cherries—Montmorency, Balaton, and Sweet cherries. Montmorency cherries can typically be found in the market’s dried cherry products, jams, and juices. The Balaton cherry, a sweeter tart cherry variety, is baked into delicious homemade pies. Find sweet cherries in cherry donuts and at the newly added fudge bar.
Koepsel’s Farm Market
Established in 1958, Koepsel’s Farm Market is the oldest farm market in Door County. Stop by and pick up one of the fresh cherry pies that are baked daily. While you’re visiting, check out (and sample!) the rest of the market’s impressive selection of cherry products. Classic cherry products are punctuated by favorites such as cherry salsa and cherry granola.
Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery and Market
Located on 100 acres of orchards and vineyards, Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery and Market has been a family affair since it was established in 1975. Stop by for a tour of the winery, housed in a restored dairy barn, or for live music Mondays. Bring the whole family along for pick-your-own-cherry experiences from mid-July to early-August. The annual Summer Harvest Fest in July is another highlight, featuring horse-drawn wagon rides, guided tours, and cherry pie eating contests.
Seaquist Orchards Farm Market
Located on approximately 1,000 acres of Montmorency cherry orchards and producing around 6 million pounds of cherries in an average year, Seaquist Orchards is a quintessential Door County cherry location. Go on a farm tour to get a glimpse of how a real working farm functions. Check out the Canning Kitchen viewing area to see how the jam gets made. As you will see, much of the process is done by hand and in small batches to ensure a homemade taste. In addition to canned cherry products, the farm market offers other cherry staples such as dried cherries, baked goods, and juice.
Bea’s Ho-Made Products
In 1961, the Landins' oldest daughter started selling cherries from a picnic table by the roadside near Gills Rock on Hwy 42. Motivated by her success, the next year she began expanding her products, including her grandmother’s famous chopped cherry jam. The Landins family has owned the homestead since 1884 and you can still shop there today. Bea's is now a modern facility that houses the kitchen, bakery, warehouse, and retail store. The jams, jellies, and pickles are made in the same manner as they were when the business started: in small batches and packed by hand. Bea's adds no artificial colors or stabilizers. You'll find only natural goodness in all of its products.
After a small home garden became too bountiful not to share, Wienke’s Market established its first market in 1982. Today, Wienke’s Market offers cherry products that are free from preservatives and additives, relying instead on the pure goodness of locally grown Door County cherries. Time-tested favorites are available for purchase alongside products such as cherry cheddar cheese, cherry brats, and cherry summer sausage.
Meleddy Cherry Farm
If you’re looking for an authentic, family friendly cherry picking experience, Meleddy Cherry Farm is the perfect place to pick the day away. And the cherry on top? After you’ve picked buckets of fresh tart cherries, staff will wash and pit the cherries for you on-site!
Soren’s Valhalla Orchards
Soren’s Valhalla Orchards is committed to preserving the fruit-growing heritage in Door County through sustainable farming practices. Stop by to pick your own tart cherries, fresh off the tree. Stay to browse the delicious farmstand of cherry products and more!