One of the benefits of my life is that I get to go out and hand-pick some of the fruit that we sell at the market. I am by no means speedy, so I get to do some oddball varieties, or pick something that is just beginning to get ripe when everyone else is busy harvesting other crops.
This morning, I enjoyed the warm weather as I hand-picked some of our tart (Montmorency) cherries. It’s a lovely visual task, as the bright red cherries contrast nicely with the bright green leaves. No blue skies this morning, which really makes it stunning. I spot-picked the ripest of the cherries from the bottom of three trees, on the west side. (We harvest that side first to get them off before our westerly winds cause windwhip, or bruising.) I found only a few cherries that were frost-scarred, with smaller fruit and puckered tan scarring–and again proved true my dad’s adage that damaged fruit is sweeter. I love fresh fruit, so the ones that are damaged go right into my mouth! (I think I may have eaten a few too many. . .)
When you visit Rennhack Orchards Market, be sure to work your way down the sample shelf (right inside the front doors). Right now, we have two varieties of our own fresh hand-picked black sweet cherries, as well as our light sweet cherries, tart (Montmorency) cherries, apricots, and Michigan blueberries to sample! We have another sample station on the other side of the counter, for pantry items–today, all Michigan-made: Dr. Flynn’s Organic Granola, Wee Bee Jammin’ Jam, and Corn Puffs. There’s always something tasty to try–come on in!