As a young child, I spent my summers in lush, green orchards harvesting cherries with my siblings. My days were filled with walking up and down the endless rows of trees picking sour cherries to fill the farmer’s wooden lugs. Most days, I would pick three, sometimes four lugs. But on the very best days, I would hand-pick enough ripe cherries for six lugs! For this, the farmer would pay me $1.00 a lug, or about four cents a pound. As a young girl in the 60’s, this felt like a million bucks!
As I grew up I started my own beautiful family and carried on the tradition of hard work that I learned in the cherry orchards. I devoted my time to crafting delicious, homemade dressings and jams using Northern Michigan cherries. Instead of spending their summers in the orchards, my children spent their days next to me in our kitchen, helping me develop delicious recipes that we love to share with our family and friends.
Now, my son Daniel runs the business using the recipes he grew up with to inspire our products. He continues to source all of Six Lugs’ produce fresh from local orchards, farms and co-ops. Meanwhile, I’m still trying my hand at creating new, flavorful recipes.
Sheryl Umulis, Founder