And actually, the kids had a ball. There were long rows of trees in the morning sunshine, buckets in our hands, and ladders to move from tree to tree. The trees were loaded and it felt so luxurious and wonderful to have so much bounty at our fingertips. My gardening efforts yield handfuls, not bucketfuls.
|the children took turns using the pitter and their fingers to pit cherries; I used a paper clip|
We picked 3 pounds of sweet cherries for $2.75 a pound and 12 pounds of sour cherries for $2.25 a pound. We sat on the porch and pitted the cherries (I did end up pitting the rest by myself - the silence was fine with me). I made a cobbler in the slow cooker, we ate the sweets, and the rest of the sour cherries went in the freezer.
This was the second preserving project of the season. The first was strawberry jam and went entirely undocumented by camera or blogging. The third was recently completed - stay tuned because I have a new, useful canning set-up to reveal!