Wisconsin’s Door County Summer 2011 with a Cherry on Top
Monday, July 25, 2011 — Enjoy tart cherries during harvest in Door County, WI
Door County, Wis. – (July 26, 2011) Red Alert! It’s cherry season in Door County, Wisconsin. Cherry harvest has arrived in Door County – the summer destination for pick-your-own fruits and a great cherry getaway. The cherry harvest is a bit later than usual this year, so it’s not too late to head to the country to pick up a few buckets of delicious Montmorency Cherries for yourself. The cherries are ready for harvest and Door County is ripe for the picking.
For visitors, Door County is a veritable “cherry bomb” – with dishes and activities throughout the region focusing on the county’s main crop (Door County is expected to produce about 8.5 million pounds of cherries this year). Spring rains and low winds have created good conditions for a good crop in 2011, and U-Pick operations are now open and should remain open through the middle part of August.
Can’t get enough of those super fruits? A growing body of science reveals tart cherries have among the highest levels of disease-fighting antioxidants, when compared to other fruits. Emerging evidence seems to indicate that cherry consumption may ease the pain of arthritis and gout, as well as reducing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Cherries also contain melatonin, which has been found to help regulate the body’s natural sleep patterns, aid with jet lag, prevent memory loss and delay the aging process.
Interested in a Cherry Getaway Weekend? Check out the following cherry themed activities during a visit:
Start the day with Door County’s Cherry Stuffed French Toast at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. The fresh egg bread layered with Wisconsin cream cheese and Door County tart cherries, topped with genuine maple syrup was named “America’s Best Breakfast” by Good Morning America (http://www.whitegullinn.com/).
Visit more than a dozen orchards and farmers markets around the county where visitors can pick fresh cherries off the trees or fill a shopping basket with dried cherries, jams, jellies, pies and turnovers. Visitors can go to http://www.doorcounty.com/ for market locations, store information and a special orchards map.
Follow Door County’s wine trail and sip swirl and sniff your way up the coast to enjoy local cherry wines – responsibly, of course. Visit http://www.doorcountywinetrail.com/ to download a map, get tour times and find out where to taste. If beer is more your style, don’t miss the Door County Cherry Wheat beer at Shipwrecked Brew Pub in Egg Harbor (www.shipwreckedmicrobrew.com).
Don’t miss “Bing! The Cherry Musical” the American Folklore Theatre’s newest summer show. Fun for the entire family, “Bing!” celebrates Door County’s summer season as it follows a family’s journey on their cherry orchard. Make sure to arrive early and participate in the cherry pit spit contest, hosted by Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market. For more information on the show, visit www.folkloretheatre.com.
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