[Fish Creek, WI] — Nothin’ says summer in Door County like spittin’ cherry pits — unless you’re talking about a Door County fish boil, of course, which I’ve written about previously.

You’ll find so many cherries in Door County, you’d think they grew on trees. Oh, um, never mind, they do. The county is particularly well-known for its Montmorency cherries, a tart variety well-suited for cherry pies.

Door County’s peninsula is one of the country’s top cherry producers; you’ll find 2,000 acres of orchards here. The trees blossom in springtime and are usually ready for picking between July and August. A typical harvest runs between 8 and 14 million pounds per season, although this year’s number is down considerably due to an unseasonably warm spring — which caused the trees to bloom early — followed by a killing freeze. Nonetheless, the harvest is expected to be around 700,000 pounds this year.

That’s a whole lot of cherry pits.

As you might expect, you’ll find everything cherry in Door County — cherry wine, cherry jam, cherry salsa, and of course, cherry pie. At the Orchard Country Winery and Market, there’s even a cherry pit spittin’ range where you can measure your pit spittin’ ability, complete with helpful distance markers.

Tasting room and market at Orchard Country Winery & Market

You can also buy tickets at the orchard for the Door County Trolley. Here tour guide Jim Sanden waits to take visitors on a scenic tour of the county


Orchard Country Winery & Market


9107 Highway 42

Fish Creek, WI 54212

Door County Trolley:


Wisconsin Cherry Growers Association:


Door County tourism information:


(800) 52-RELAX


About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

View all posts by Glen Abbott »

  1. Helene

    July 25, 2012

    Breathtaking shots! That must be such a funny place! I like the red of the cherry, it is vibrating on the images with the green of the grass!

  2. inka

    July 19, 2012

    I get the feeling that Door County is definitely my kind of place.These people know how to enjoy themselves. Oh, and I can spit with the best.
    inka recently posted..Conquering my fear at Sümela monastery/Turkey

Leave your comment

CommentLuv badge