Ladders are provided, but hardly ever needed. My hubby is tall and there are millions of cherries within reaching distance anyway.
We wear our oldest and crummiest clothing since there is usually some cherry juice that finds it's way onto clothing and/or shoes. :) And, plenty that goes right into the mouth. We always make ourselves sick with cherries before we are even done picking.
Apparently all of the orchards lost a lot of cherries to a late frost this year. In fact, some of the orchards have not even opened yet, which is highly unusual. The end of May is the normal time for cherry picking for us, but not this year. Everybody's weather is weird this year, right?
It was an absolutely gorgeous day today. About 72 degrees with a slight breeze, which is just perfect because some years have been scorchingly hot. Plus, we've been having our usual June gloom and where we go for cherries it's far enough away from the coast to have sunshine. Yippee!
By the time we were finished, we had picked 30 lbs of cherries. And, they'll be gone within the week. Once a year - what a treat! Hubby and I have been doing this now for 18 years!