Sunday, June 12, 2011

Cherry-picking time...

They are all washed and in the refrigerator. Fresh cherries right off the trees. And, man oh man, are they good! The cherries you get in the market just cannot compare.

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!

8 comments:

HollyM said...

Oh, it's been many years since I had cherries off the tree. i don't believe they can grow up here but we had them where I grew up.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Those buckets of cherries look so good Terrie! Could you email me one so I can taste how good it is??

floribunda... aka Julie said...

oh, we did that one year! I know that "making yourself sick on cherries" feeling...
Try putting them in a cobbler with fresh apricots -- absolutely the best combination!

Crispy said...

Oh I'm so jealous!! No cherry trees here. We would drive to eastern Washington, the Yakima Valley, to get cherries and tons of other fruits & vegetables, a couple of times a year. I sure do miss those days.

Crispy

Jackie said...

No cherry trees here either! It looks like a ton of fun. What are you going to make with them?

Sally said...

The cherries look great! You're right, the planting and ripening season this year is all off-kilter. Corn should have been planted by now here in central Pa., but we've had so much rain that the farmers couldn't plow. Corn--knee high by the 4th of July--certainly won't happen this year. And-what a lovely way to spend a day.

Diane J. Evans said...

One word: YUM!!

Diane

Judy Rys said...

30 pounds? Yikes, that's a lot of cherries. Do you make jam, pie, or wine? You can't possibly eat 30 pounds in a week!