Cherry picking was a great success! We went to Ayer’s in Cana, Va. It’s about an hour and a half from here, but so beautiful. They were sweet enough to let us in to pick a day early, so we had the orchard nearly to ourselves.
Eliza enjoyed herself, especially riding high the carrier–as of late she’s not loved the ergo, this way she can see more, and doesn’t get as hot.
We picked almost 50lbs of cherries, we had a hard time stopping there. It was really relaxing to work on this ‘chore’ as a family. Not to mention the pitting, canning, cooking, drying and freezing we did together when we got home. I thought we’d have a lot left over to share, and give away but we really went through them quickly. Canning is not nearly as difficult as it seems like it will be going in.
(fill jar with pitted cherries, cover with water, water bath 15mins)
(using the oven as a dehydrator can be long and tricky, but aside from the ones I charred while warming the oven to bake bread, we we were successful)
(We spread them on a tray, freeze them, then dump them into a freezer bag. This keeps them from clumping and makes it simple to use a few at a time)