An Afternoon Cherry Picking
We are lucky enough to live in an area close to lots of orchards and farms. Thankfully not the kind of farm that stinks of animal droppings! These local farms grow cherries, peaches, apricots, strawberries, pluots, pomegranates, corn, tomatoes and a number of other fruits and veggies. And right now, we are in the middle of cherry season. In past years, cherry season had been pretty short due to the effects of the drought. But this year, the trees are pulling out all the stops!
This is our 4th year going cherry picking and we love it! It is so amazing to see the transformation of the trees. In the winter, the cherry tree orchards have a lovely, lonely look with leafless branches. But in the spring the trees transform. The cherry blossoms turn the trees pinkish white. And now the trees are green and heavy with fruit.
We went on an afternoon this past week and met some friends at the Bloomfield Cherries in Brentwood. The kids picked cherries (only the dark red ones, please!), while us moms talked and supervised. I guess we were gabbing away a little too long, because before you know it, the kids’ buckets were pretty full. I was getting worried that I didn’t have enough cash on hand to pay. Yikes!
(Tip: Make sure you have plenty of cash to pay for your u-pick produce. I have found you have to pay for what you pick and cash, or possibly check, is required for payment.)
We ended up with just over 6 pounds of beautiful cherries! Luckily, I had enough. One dollar to spare. Whew!
I always think that we are getting enough for me to bake something fancy or try to make jam. But no such luck, once again the cherries were gone within 3 days! Guess I’ll have to buy more next time! And I’m already looking forward to peach and apricot season. My kids are crazy about apricot jam. Maybe I’ll actually get to make some.
If you haven’t had the chance to go cherry picking yet, go soon before the cherries are all gone!