Sunday, June 20, 2010

Cherry-Picking Sunday

Apparently, cherry picking season started last week.  You can drive up to Palmdale and visit one of about 15 different orchards and pick as many cherries as you'd like. 

You'll notice right away that there is one orchard that is completely commercialized with big signs, and tour buses parked outside.  We skipped this place for several of the smaller family-owned orchards.  Our reasoning was that we wouldn't be contending with picked-over trees.

At the entrance they give you a big plastic bucket, or smaller buckets made out of old coffee cans, and a stick with a hook to pull down the higher branches. The trees are all eye level so we didn't really need to use the stick.

Because it is still early in the season, the cherries were plentiful, but they weren't all ripe yet.

Regardless, we managed to fill two bucketfuls of cherries.  But I'm sitting here now, wondering what in the world I'm going to do with all these cherries.

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