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By the Numbers: Cherries

In anticipation of another cherry season, we looked at some numbers associated with Door County’s most beloved fruit.

4

Wisconsin is the fourth-largest producer of cherries in the nation behind Michigan, New York and Utah.

6

The number of stages of growth: budding, blossoming, petals falling, green cherries, yellow cherries and red cherries that are ready to pick between mid-July and mid-August. Following the harvest, cherries are out of season again until April. 

7.5

The boys who traveled to Horseshoe Bay Farms for its Cherry Camp had to pick 7.5 pails of cherries per day to earn their room and board. They could stop there or keep going to earn a wage.

10

Door County grows 10 percent of all cherries in the United States.

48 feet, 1 inch

The state-record length for the farthest cherry-pit spit. You can try a cherry-pit spit for yourself at Lautenbach’s Orchard Country.

300+

More than 300 cherries go into one pie made at Seaquist Orchards. Cherry pies are normally produced with around 250, but Seaquist packs them in, meaning that a standard slice contains 50-plus cherries.

1896

The year when the county’s first cherry trees were planted. In experiments conducted by the University of Wisconsin’s Horticulture Department, cherries flourished, whereas apples, plums and pears didn’t fare as well.

1945

The year when German prisoners of war were brought to Door County to harvest cherries to fill the local labor void created by World War II.

2,500

The number of acres of cherry orchards in Door County.

7,000

The number of cherries on an average tart-cherry tree.

17,000

The most pies that Seaquist Orchards has produced in a year.

42,000

The number of cherries harvested per minute with a harvesting machine at Seaquist Orchards.

130,000

The number of pounds of cherries that went through Seaquist Orchards’ canning kitchen last year.

270,000

The total number of cherry trees in Door County.

10.2 million

The number of pounds of tart cherries harvested in Wisconsin in 2018.

11.3 million

The number of pounds of tart cherries harvested in Wisconsin in 2017.

Sources: USDA, Laura Seaquist, doorcounty.com, wisconsincherrygrowers.org, orchardcountry.com, horseshoebayfarms.org