Jun 23, 2012 · 9:30 AM
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The cherry season has just began and it lasts only a few weeks so it's the 23rd of this month or next year for me. The last time we (LAWS) did this outing was two years ago so I feel like it's time again. U pick cherries and buy what u pick by weight. Some places charge $2, some $3.50. Some farms also sell honey and lavender. It doesn't take long to pick and we may go to two or more farms depending on what we find. They are all around the same location, down a long stretch of road. Please bring a lunch and blanket as we will try to find a place to have a picnic, if we can not find a place (there is a beach or lake front a few miles out as I recall, but it is very windy but I don't think I would do that again), we will eat where our cars are parked. Sunscreen, water, snacks and comfortable shoes r a must. U need to comply with rules of the farm and whatever u do is at your own risk, including buying too much cherry (I ended up with 14 pounds because my daughters are such good pickers.). There r recipes for freezing and using cherries. U may want to look them up in advance to determine how much u want to pick. The cherry picking association in Leona valley's link is http://www.cherriesup... The are five farms that I am considering. We have had good luck with big john's and that's why we r starting there. The others that I am contacting to see if their cherries r ripe yet are: C&D ; Rolling Thunder; Northside and Windy Ridge. U can hyperlink their website from the Growers association page (at the bottom of the page) and read about them. I will be happy to take suggestions as to where to go. I think 1 to 2 atmost three farms will probably exhaust our enthusiasm for this. Please note that it's about 60 miles one way. Carpool is recommended. and the LAWS attendance rules apply.