Lehman’s Orchard is located in Niles Michigan.
The present farm was traded by Ralph Lehman in 1929 for a farm in Northern Indiana.
Ralph Lehman, a school teacher, tried many different crops and finally settled on raising 40 acres of tart cherries.
From the beginning, the cherries were always hand harvested.
Ralph and his wife, Raphael had one child, Sarajane. Sarajane married William Lecklider and their middle child, Steve now operates the orchard full time.
The second and third generation fruit growers took over Lehman’s Orchard in 1992 and have since added many other fruit crops sold at the farm and at various Chicago farmer’s markets.
In 1951 Ralph Lehman added the tart cherry pitting machine and a building to wash, clean and sort the cherries.
Through the years, we had sold many different crop related items and then in 2008, the Winery/Cidery was added to the Farm Market.
Lehman’s Orchard Hours & Picking Season
No matter where you go to pick your fruits and vegetables, u-pick farms will all have different open times and seasonal times based on many different factors.
We list ‘Open Season’ below as a general guide to when you can find what Lehman’s Orchard offers.
This seasonal open date can start in the middle or end of the month. Some u-pick farms are also only open for a short period of time. Depending on where in the country you are located, some produce may have very short seasons.
The actual business hours will vary based on the farm, where they are located and when their fruits and vegetables are ripe and ready for picking.
It is impossible to get a set standard on business hours or even an exact date of seasonal openings and closings.
For this reason, we try hard to be as accurate as possible with Lehman’s Orchard u-pick seasons. It is up to you to check with the farm to make sure they are open and what their hours of operation are.
Weather is also a factor in both the seasonal openings/closings and business hours of a farm. Weather alone can affect when a crop will ripen or even if there will be a crop available this year.
Too much rain, not enough rain and not enough sun can also affect the timing of when Lehman’s Orchard will have a crop ready for u-pick.
We have listed the contact information of Lehman’s Orchard below to help you with finding their open times and what produce they are currently picking. Some farms only have one produce they are picking while others will have many different fruits and vegetables available throughout the year.
Even if the farm only offers one item to pick, they may have a farmers market or fruit stand where you can buy additional items or goodies to take home with you.
We found that most farms have at least one social media account where they will list their seasonal opening and closings, including pictures of their produce.
If you are ever in doubt, please call Lehman’s Orchard before heading out to make sure they are open.
Thank You For Supporting Lehman’s Orchard
One of our main purposes is to support farms from all over the United States. Growing up our family would always make it a point to find a local farm to support and pick fresh strawberries.
Now our children get to have the same experience and learn what it means to support farmers who provide not only our fruits but also vegetables. This becomes a learning experience for them and a tradition we hope that they continue to carry with them.
Besides, going to a local u-pick farm is not only fun but gets you out of the house and active!
When you support a local farm like Lehman’s Orchard, you are supporting small businesses and the families that go with that farm. You are also promoting a healthier lifestyle and our mission for a sustainable food source.
Some of the larger u-pick farmers also support your local food banks. We would love to see a world where our smaller farmers are producing more of our fresh produce and can compete with bigger box stores.
If you have been to a local u-pick, you probably know the difference in quality of their fruits and vegetables compared to your local box store.
Again, thank you for supporting Lehman’s Orchard and please reach out to them if you are interested in visiting their farm. Make sure they are open before you head out.
Lehman’s Orchard Is Located In Niles MI
If you are looking for a farm in Niles, then Lehman’s Orchard is the place to go! If you live in the area, check out this farm.
Our family enjoys exploring new farms even if they are a further drive away. This is how we have found some of our favorite farms and have made it a tradition to visit them at least once a year.
Some of our best memories are made enjoying these farms and we hope you get to experience the same!
Getting To Lehman’s Orchard
Below you can find the contact information that we have for Lehman’s Orchard. Every u-pick farm listed on our website will have an address and some form of contact information.
As we have mentioned earlier, please contact the farm or check out their social media to make sure they are open for the date and time you are looking to visit their farm.
If you have questions for the farm, you will need to contact them – otherwise if you have questions for U-Pick Farms USA, please send us a message.
We hope to see you at Lehman’s Orchard in the near future!