This morning, I'm technically cleaning house, however I took a short sidetrack and ran down to the fruit stand, one country block from our house. I've been going there a lot lately. Fresh Cherries are in season, and we have already consumed our fair share.
Yesterday I was walking along the edge of our property where we planted a ornamental cherry tree that had attitude issues a few years ago.
Originally it had been planted along our driveway in Japanese Cherry Tree row, but it alone decided to neglect the flowers and sent out some wild branches. We uprooted the tree and planted it along side the ditch at the back with the other bushes and trees that have needed some time out from the general landscaped areas. This year I noticed that it must be feeling somewhat remorseful because it is sporting real cherries.
I tasted them and although they are scrawny and mostly pit, they provided a recent memory of the aforementioned fruit stand. I ran back to the house to get my camera to take a picture and gave the tree a cursory . ."well, that's an improvement over last year".
When I was little . .(I'm thinking I should have an abbreviation for that WIWL for as many times as you are forced to read that line) going to pick cherries was a regular part of our summer vacation. These two pictures are asking you to use your imagination, and yet I put them on because for me, they conjure up happy times of camping as a family.
I liked this photo. My dad is picking cherries and I think that might be my mom in the back side of the tree, but there are us kids, waiting for the cherries to be picked so the feasting can begin.
This morning I also stopped by my secret sour pie cherry house. I found it by accident last year. They have the most gorgeous dark red sour pie cherries. I was a week early. Good to know.
Last year I almost missed them. So, in a week or so, you will be treated to another one of my favorites. . . cherry perishky (pie by the yard). I could have convinced Terry to marry me on these morsels alone.
So, about the ice cream. Oh goodness, my mouth continually watered with the different suggestions. There are a few I want to try. We haven't finished our Rocky Road yet, but when we do, my ice cream machine will be churning up a storm. Hmm, where will I start?
Do you have a favorite cherry dessert?