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Old 02-19-2011, 09:27 AM
 
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Most of the cherries grown in the USA come from MT, WA and then MI
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:37 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Most of the cherries grown in the USA come from MT, WA and then MI
Tart cherries are mostly from Michigan, in 2009 the USDA forecast a 284 million pound tart cherry harvest in the US, 220 million of those from Michigan with Utah coming in second at 23 million pounds, then Washington at 17.5 million. for 2010 here (http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/CherProd/CherProd-06-17-2010.pdf - broken link) is the USDA forecast.

The largest sweet cherry producing states are #1 Washington, #2 California, #3 Oregon, #4 Michigan (Montana Cherry production is less than 10% of Michigans)

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Old 02-19-2011, 08:46 PM
 
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Right you are - except Montana & Washington grow Rainer's - does Michigan grown Rainer's?
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:11 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Right you are - except Montana & Washington grow Rainer's - does Michigan grown Rainer's?
Sure do. Not as big of a crop as most other varieties, but they are easy to find here. There are several growers within a few miles that I know offhand that have them. Very good I think.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:51 PM
 
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Farming artichokes in Monterey area, literally on the other side of a dune is the ocean.
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:33 PM
 
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I'm not an expert but I know the future of water will be important. A majority of the west is irrigated. The eastern US seems better in the future. Eastern TN, Northern Georgia, WNC, VA may provide a warmer winter but may not meet all of your needs listed...
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:20 PM
 
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western kentucky region seems to fit the bill. 4 season weather & cheaper land with rich soil.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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*****closer to owensboro
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Back in Melbourne.....home of road rage and aggression
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I agree with mossberg14--Kentucky is pretty hard to beat! (My homestate, I bleed bluegrass! )

However, if I can't farm there, then it's South Gippsland region, Victoria Australia for me. We have a property in the hills overlooking Wilsons Promontory and the Corner Inlet. Our views are outstanding! Behind us, to the North, we have the Strezlecki Mountain Ranges which includes some temperate rainforest and old growth forests. To our east and west: dairy country. Dairy country sandwiched between us and the oceanfront to the south. In my humble opinion, we pretty much have the best of everything: mountains, rolling hills, flats, beaches.....just missing desert (but we've got that up here in the Pilbara, and I'm just about over it )

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Old 04-27-2011, 07:47 PM
 
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Thank you so much for all the responses! I am sorry it has taken me so long to get back to this. I must admit we are more confused than ever! : ) We went on a trip to VA to look around - mixed feelings. Love the area but it is a bit more expensive than we can afford (have lowered budget to $400K.) We are now thinking about upstate NY - more for the lifestyle probably but saying that, we are seeing plenty of existing farms on localharvest. org website.

Any comments on farming in upstate NY? The taxes are high (much higher than VA) but the farms seem less expensive. Much colder weather - but we are thinking we might be able to cope.

Will read through all the comments again and make a list of places to research.

I appreciate everyone's time and thoughtful comments.
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