July is here, and that means cherry picking season is too! Cherry season typically starts at the beginning of July, but it all depends on what Mother Nature decides to do this year. If you live in the Grand Rapids area, contact us for more information on cherry picking, including dates, times, and prices.
Types of Cherries
There are two main types of cherries, tart and sweet, and we grow both at Robinette’s.
Tart cherries are usually bright red in color. They are sometimes called sour or pie cherries. Because of this, they aren’t typically eaten fresh. Rather, people use them for pies, jam, jellies, and more. Adding sugar to tart cherries sweetens them. Don’t let their name scare you off; you can make some amazing desserts with tart cherries!
Sweet cherries are most likely what comes to mind when you think of cherries. They are naturally sweet, so you can enjoy them on their own, without adding sugar. Sweet cherries are typically a darker red than tart cherries.
Tips for Cherry Picking
We love having a u-pick cherry orchard for locals and out-of-towners to enjoy. Many people have had the pleasure of picking apples from an orchard, but not as many have experienced the fun of picking cherries. If this year will be your first year picking cherries, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Pick Ripe Cherries
Cherries will not continue to ripen after they have been picked, so be sure to pick cherries that are ripe. You can tell if a cherry is ripe by its color and size. Look for cherries that are bright in color, shiny, and firm.
Lightly Tug Cherries
If a cherry isn’t ripe, it won’t come off the stress easily. If you have to pull too hard to get a cherry, it probably needs to ripen a little bit more. Leave it for next time!
Find more cherries by looking between leaves for ones that might be hiding.
Cherry picking is a fun summer activity for the whole family. Be sure to stop by Robinette’s orchard and pick some cherries before they’re gone!