Asparagus harvesting is over (we got 20 pounds from our little patch!) and now it’s on to one of my favorites – cherries.
Much to our surprise, when we moved in that our property had a cherry tree. We added three more, one of which has since died. This year is the first year that one of the new ones had cherries. I harvested a handful.
Our old tree is shaded a bit by some old apple trees we’ve not gotten around to taking down. Looks like we won’t have many cherries this year from her.
I love cherries. We had a cherry tree in our side yard when I was growing up. I loved mom’s cherry pies!
In the past I tried to make it down to the local farmer’s market every summer at the end of May to buy some cherries from one of the vendors. I had to get there early since they were a popular item.
Fast forward many years to meeting Dave. As he was telling me about his property he mentioned that he had cherry trees. “I just LOVE cherries” I exclaimed. “These are not sweet cherries,” he explained. Wow! I love the sour cherries even more! I decided then and there that we were a match!
In 2006 in our second summer of dating, we picked a large harvest of cherries from his trees, the last of them I used in making the cherry syrup in April.
But cherries around here are pretty fickle. (That’s why we still had some of the 2006 ones around. I hold on to them!) We’ve not had many cherries from our tree here and the new ones are just starting out. Hopefully in a couple years we’ll have lots and lots of cherries.
In honor of our cherries, I grabbed a bag from the freezer, added this new harvest and made a cherry cobbler for dinner last night.
I also enjoyed a cherry soda yesterday. You know – I’ve got to celebrate these cherries!
I’m really hoping we’ll harvest enough cherries to freeze several bags. I’m off to see if any of the other cherries have turned. Gotta get to them before the birds!