Mel, better known as Red, and Carole Christofferson have owned Christofferson Farms since 1967. The property has been farmed since the mid-1800’s and cherries were first grown on this farm early in the Twentieth Century. The brick farmhouse was built in 1884 and the farm has been in continuous operation ever since.
From the late 1960’s to the early 90’s, the Christofferson’s mainly grew tart and sweet cherries for commercial production. They also had small quantities of Red Haven peaches that they sold to local markets. In the latter years of the century, Red and Carole decided to focus more on quality than quantity and started trying new varieties of fruit including the Flaming Fury and Stellar varieties of freestone peaches. During this time they began selling directly to customers at the Midland Area Farmers Market. Slowly they ceased the commercial part of their business and began concentrating on direct sales to customers.
Today, Christofferson Farms is a thriving “U-Pick” and “already-picked” orchard operation. They offer a wide variety of traditional and boutique fruits for fresh eating and for preservation. Among the offerings from their orchards are black and white sweet cherries, tart pie cherries, Saskatoon berries, raspberries, apricots, apriums, plums, blackberries, peaches, donut peaches, nectarines, pears, apples, and more. Because fruit availability depends on many conditions, we suggest you call ahead to see what is ripe.
The orchard is just a short walk away to where you can pick to your heart’s delight. The farm also has golf carts available for customers with limited mobility. The orchard provides a great family activity and what better way to know exactly where your fruit was grown and how it was harvested. The orchards are also a pleasing place to walk in and experience the beautiful countryside of southern Mason County. If picking your own fruit doesn’t appeal, they have freshly picked quantities available for purchase. And you can get up close to one of the Consumers Energy wind turbines as there is one right in the orchard.