Get those baskets ready, it’s almost cherry picking season in CT. Blink and you will miss it! The first week of July, and sometimes the second is all she wrote. You can find these jewel red gems at local farmers markets, but why pay the extra price when you can pick your own, and feel like you are communing with nature at the same time.
So put on your wellies, grab a basket and load it up! ( the wellies are because it has rained almost everyday in CT during the month of June, and the ground goes squish, squish). Another plus to picking your own is the eat all you want policy most farms have. Sweet!
I personally am planning a trip to Washington Depot & Starberry Farm. Lets just keep our fingers crossed for little or no rain in the next 10 days, or the crops could be lost.
What to do with these beauties? After pitting, make a cherry clafouti, or oven dry them for your own”dried” cherries, make a cherry chutney w/capers, red onion & balsamic to spread on a roast duck or turkey sandwich with arugula ( artisanal bread only , please!) Top warm goat cheese salad with cherries, candied pecans & crispy bacon & poppyseed vinaigrette. Enjoy!