U-PICK & WHAT TO EXPECT
• “Where do I go to pick cherries?” Park in our store parking lot. The cherry shed is located behind our store, nearest the rows of cherry trees. There will be a sign opposite our back door, indicating which direction to go.
• We grow 4 varieties of sweet cherries on our farm.
• Our trees are tall but there are no ladders and we do not allow you to climb them, for your safety. When we have determined that there is no more low hanging fruit, we will close our cherry u-pick for the season and our workers will clean pick the trees. The remaining fruit will be for sale in our store. We are working on planting new trees that will not grow quite so tall, but it will be a few years before they are producing fruit.
• As cherry season for us is very short, please CALL AHEAD to make sure we are picking that day.
• The Cherry fruit is known to grow in many areas of the United States and the trees have a very short fruiting season.
• Cherries are one of the very low calorie fruits; however, are rich source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Both sweet as well as tart cherries are packed with numerous health benefiting compounds that are essential for wellness.
• Scientific studies have shown that anthocyanins in the cherries are found to act like anti-inflammatory agents by blocking the actions of cyclooxygenase-1, and 2 enzymes. Thus, consumption of cherries has potential health effects against chronic painful episodes such as gout arthritis, fibromyalgia (painful muscle condition) and sports injuries.
• Cherries are low in cholesterol, fat and sodium and are high in antioxidants that help to fight cancer and heart disease. They are also a very good source of fiber and Vitamin C.
• Cherries do not ripen after harvest.
• Cherries are very versatile fruits and can be a part of any meal or dessert. From breakfast to soups and salads, these find their way into any food item easily!
• Serving size = 1 cup (145 g) sweet cherries, pitted
• Per serving: 91 calories; 0.5 g fat (.1 g sat, .1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrates; 18 g sugar; 1.5 g protein; 3 g fiber; 5 mg sodium; 268 mg potassium.
COOKING & HANDLING TIPS
• Sweet as well as sour cherries can be used for jams. Sour cherries are used more often as an ingredient in pies and are suitable for making soufflés, cooked fruit compotes etc.
• Since the cherry fruit bruises easily, you need to handle them with care.
• To really bring out the flavor of cherry, use ¼ teaspoon of pure almond extract.
• Cherries should be refrigerated immediately, do not wash or cover. Storage time will vary, but may be up two weeks.
* To freeze: (Do not pit when freezing) Rinse, drain thoroughly, blot with paper towel, spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet, and place in the freezer overnight. Once frozen, the cherries can be transferred to freezer bags. Frozen cherries can be kept up to a year. You can eat frozen cherries straight out of the freezer, just be careful not to bite the pit. Thaw them for 10 minutes prior to using in recipes.
• To can: rinse and stem them first. Pit them if you desire. Pack cherries into clean, sterilized jars. Pour a sugar syrup over fruit (one cup sugar to three cups water, heated until sugar is dissolved). Apply proper lid. Process in boiling water bath for 20 min. Place in pints and quarts.