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Fat Robin Orchard and Farm
Address: 34126 S. Finley Pt. Rd. Polson, MT, 59860
Email Address: liserousseau@bresnan.net
Phone: 406-887-2869
About Us
Our family-run orchard has existed in one form or another since the 1930s, and has been certified organic since 2000. Our specialty is sweet cherry varietals, including the ever popular Lambert cherry, Rainier, Lapin, Black Republican, and Van. We also have a limited number of pie cherries (Montmorency) and some newer varieties, Balaton, Kooteney, and Sweetheart.

We grow Macintosh and a few heirloom Wealthy apples, planted by the original owners' sister, Elsie, back in the '30s.

Some years we also offer varietal garlic and shallots.

Part of our farm management scheme includes grazing sheep where and when appropriate. We enjoy the company of our permanent flock of ten, and their lambs in season. We offer sheep and their wool for sale when available. Our 2013 lambs are here, all ten of them, and they are a lovely bunch.

We invite you to visit the farm to enjoy our fruit, admire the views, and pet the sheep. Or check out our products and bring a little of the farm home to you.
Practices
Cherries have been grown in the Flathead region for more than 80 years. Our cool summer nights, long summer days, pristine air, and glacial soils, combined with the magical "lake effect" make for perfect growing conditions that produce a cherry with natural sweetness and tang without comparison.

We currently grow five varieties for sale which are described below. Our cherries are available as fresh fruit in late July and early August. We are pleased to offer them to you picked and packed directly from the orchard as well as through U-Pick, local natural foods markets, CSAs, and by mail order. Click here for pricing.

In season, Lambert cherries are mahogany red, heart-shaped, rich, and sweet. Dried they are sweet and tangy, with an almost subtle smoky flavor. An older variety, they are getting harder to find. We consider them the quintessential "Flathead Cherry."

The newer Lapin cherries are ruby red when ripe, with a bright cherry flavor. Dried they are tangy-sweet and pair well with citrus in cooking and baking.

When fresh and ripe, Van cherries are nearly black and incredibly sweet. Dried they are pure concentrated chewy cherry goodness. Vans are seldom sold as fresh fruit, planted primarily as pollinators in most orchards.

Rainiers, the queen of the orchard, are delicate, fat, yellow cherries with a lovely rosy blush. Considered a premium cherry, they generally command a higher price due to the extra work required to keep them unblemished. We currently do not offer them as dried or frozen cherries due to their high demand and premium price as fresh fruit.

Black Republican, one of the oldest cherry varieties, was developed by the same man who discovered the Bing and is its predecessor. They are firm, fat, medium-sized cherries with a nice snap, complex flavor profile, and deep purple color. Considered a heritage variety by the Slow Food USA, they rarely are grown for the fresh fruit market.