Door County Cherries:
By the Numbers

In anticipation of another upcoming cherry season, we looked at some numbers associated with Door County’s most beloved fruit. Door County is among the top cherry-producing regions in the country, boasting thousands of acres of cherry trees. The cherry blossoms provide stunning vistas that draw visitors even before the cherries are ready to be picked in mid-July. Door County typically harvests anywhere between 8–12 million pounds of cherries per year. Check out the list below for more tantalizing cherry statistics.  

4

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


7

The number of stages of growth. They are as follows: budding, blossoming, petals falling, green coloring, yellow coloring, and red coloring, which indicates cherries are ready to pick, usually 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 their 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 make a wage.


10

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


48’1’’

The state record length for the farthest “cherry pit spit,” which you can try yourself at Orchard Country Winery.


300

There are over 300 cherries in one pie made at Seaquist Orchards. Cherry pies are normally produced with around 250, but they pack them in, meaning one slice has over 50 cherries.


1896

The year that cherry trees were first planted in Door County. Cherries flourished more than the other fruits that scientists at the University of Wisconsin’s Horticulture Department experimented with, including apples, plums, and pears.


1945

The year that German Prisoners of War were brought to Door County to harvest cherries to fill the shortage of workers during 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 with a harvesting machine per minute 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.