Every year about this time, we drive out to Leona Valley to pick cherries. Most of the time, we have checked online and know that we will find them. This year was different. Our favorite ranch didn't have any cherries at all so we decided we would drive out anyway and see what we could find. What we found is that very few of the ranches/farms had cherries and what they did have were pretty dismal (tiny and unripe).
We spoke with several of the growers and they don't really understand what happened this year. They're not sure if it was weather related, or water related or something else. It's a pretty sad situation.
So, no cherries for us this year. We are so spoiled by having fresh, plump, juicy cherries right off the tree that buying them in the store is a huge disappointment.
We still very much enjoyed the day. The scenery was beautiful out there and there was a slight, cool breeze.