LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn visited Montrose Orchards Friday and joined owner Dan Hill for a morning of picking blueberries and apples and touring the orchard’s facilities. Montrose Orchards is the fourth stop on Horn’s “Hometown Tours” series.
“It was great to join the staff for a behind-the-scenes look at how the produce makes its way through production and onto the shelves,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “Dan gave us a fantastic look at the orchard’s operations.”
The visit started with an introduction to the facility and the equipment that Horn would be using throughout the morning. After a brief lesson, Horn and Hill made their way out to the apple orchard.
“The first stop was out in the orchard to pick apples,” Horn said. “They use big buckets latched around your back so you can use both hands for picking. I learned the proper technique to remove the apples from the tree, which helps the next crop come in.”
Next, they made their way out to the blueberry patch to harvest a few buckets, after which they sorted and prepared the blueberries for sale.
“I never knew there were so many different varieties of blueberries,” Horn said. “Dan is really an expert on this stuff and it was fascinating to learn the differences between them. Certain types are better for pies, while some work better for jams and fillings. During my visit, we picked Elliot Blueberries.”
Lastly, the pair made their way to the final stop on the tour, which, according to Horn, was the best of them all.
“After we wrapped up sorting and boxing the blueberries, Dan took me over to the bakery where we made donuts and I was able to sample some of the items along with a cold cider slushie. It was a great end to a great experience.
“I am extremely grateful that Dan and his wife Deb allowed me to spend the morning at their orchard,” Horn said. “We were incredibly fortunate to have beautiful weather, which made the time spent outdoors picking fruit even more enjoyable.”
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Horn’s Hometown Tours feature various communities in the 32nd District. If you are interested in having Horn visit, please contact his office at (517) 373-1760, toll-free at (855) 347-8032 or by email at [email protected].
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PHOTO 1 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, places fresh donuts into the sugar coating and prepares them for display in the bakery.
PHOTO 2 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, equipped with a bucket harness, stops to pick some apples from one of Montrose Orchard’s many apple trees.
PHOTO 3 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, and Montrose Orchard owner Dan Hill sort through freshly picked blueberries as they are boxed up and prepared for sale.
NOTE: See all of Horn’s Hometown Tours here.