Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do we pick at your orchard?

A: 1. Drive to our orchard. (Be sure to bring your family and friends!) Click on the location & hours link above for directions!
2. Check in with our staff at the orchard entrance.  Our staff will provide you with buckets for picking, and let you know where in the orchard the best picking is located.
3. Pick your cherries!
4. Walk to the barn, and wash your cherries in our large stainless steel sinks.
5. Walk inside the barn to have your cherries pitted in our large capacity pitting machine (only if you want them pitted, of course).
6. Package your cherries in containers or ziplock freezer bags that you bring with you.
7. Browse our selection of bakery goods, pies, jams, jellies, salsas, and local honey. We even have a cherry cookbook if you need one!
8. Check out at the counter in the barn. Be sure to bring cash or a check, as we are unable to process credit cards.
9. Drive home and bake a delicious cherry dessert.
10. Have a seat, enjoy your cherries with friends and family. You've had a busy day!

Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Cash or a check (due to security concerns we do not process credit cards), ziplock freezer bags or other containers to take your cherries home in, sunscreen, water (or something to drink), a picnic basket to enjoy a meal in the orchard, a cooler to take your cherries home in, and as many friends and family as you can fit in your car!

Q: What do you provide?

A: We provide buckets for picking, large stainless steel sinks for washing, and a pitting machine. We also have bakery goods, pies, jams, jellies, salsas, local honey, and cherry cookbooks available. Restrooms are available on-site.

Q: What are your hours?

A: During picking season, we are open 7 days a week from 7:00am to 6:00pm.

Q: How long is picking season?

A: Generally, one to two weeks from when we open, or until the cherries run out! It's a short season, so be sure to make plans to get here! After the season is over while supplies last you may still be able to get frozen cherries or cherry jam and jelly.

Q: What types of cherries do you have?

A: All of our cherries are tart (also called sour cherries). They are best known as a key ingredient in desserts, like cherry pie! Tart cherries are also delicious in preserves, main courses, salads, side dishes, and beverages. 

Tart cherries are very juicy and pleasingly acidic, making them superior for cooking compared to their sweet cherry relative. 

The two types we have are Montmorency and Balaton. The Montmorency cherries only have red pigment in the fruit skin while the fruit flesh is clear. The Balaton cherries have red pigment in the fruit skin and throughout the flesh.

We think both varieties are delicious, but some of our customers prefer one type over the other.

 

History

Steffen's Cherry Orchard is a unique Pick-Your-Own family run orchard in Southern Wisconsin.  Our goal is for our customers to enjoy a fun family outing together.  

The orchard was established in 1981 with the first 400 cherry trees.  Through the years the orchard was expanded to 800 trees.  The newest expansion in 2010 saw 1000 additional cherry trees planted.  We currently have 800 mature trees and the 1000 young trees which produced their first cherries in 2013. 

Every tree at Steffen's Cherry Orchard is irrigated using an irrigation method called drip irrigation.  In total there are 7 miles of underground pipe, which is only exposed near the base of each tree!