Cherries are in season!
Sure, you can buy ripe cherries at your local market, but go to the U-Pick farms in Brentwood, and you’ll get the freshest, most scrumptious cherries ever. Later, you’ll savor the delicious memories of a great adventure.
Bare hands are all you need. But here’s a tip: Pick the fruit from the stem so the cherries don’t get bruised. Most farms provide buckets for picking, but bring a container to take your cherries home.
“Be judicious about picking,” says Becky Courchesne of Frog Hollow Farm. “Look for a deep, dark red color for Bings and Brooks, and a yellow background with a red blush for Royal Anns and Rainiers.”
At home, lay the fruit in a shallow container, and refrigerate. Leave stems on to prevent moisture from getting in. Stored correctly, cherries can last one week.
Cherries are versatile: Toss them in salads, crush them up for meat marinades, or preserve them for winter jams. The season lasts from mid-May to mid-June.