Can Michigan tart cherry growers adapt to a changing climate?
As earlier blooms expose cherries to frost, an industry searches for a solution.
A young tart-cherry grower, Frank, is looking to get started in the business and continue a family tradition in Leelanau County, where fruit-growing is a way of life. Growing cherries has always been a risky business but changes to the industry and an increasingly variable climate have compounded that risk. Frank faces a number of decisions that will impact his success in the long-run, but only if he can stay afloat long enough to get there. Meanwhile, an entire specialty industry contemplates how to respond to change. Readers will explore adaptation and vulnerability to environmental change, of individuals and the industry as a whole.