Sunday, July 28, 2013

Cherry Pickin' It

I had never done it, picked cherries in Door County. 

Tart cherries

So bucolic

These step ladders are great.  So stable!

We picked our cherries at Cherry Lane Orchard.  They didn't pay me to blog about it, though.  They have a website, but I doubt they know about blogging.  They kept sales records in a handwritten sales ledger.

Sorry out of focus!  I don't usually have any sort of vista at which to aim my camera, but you get the idea.  While I was driving, my mother kept referring to the Bay of Green Bay as the ocean,  we're very (pen)insular here!

I had a great aunt who died at 16, having contracted typhus in the 1920s cherry picking in Door County.  I brought my own water, just in case.  Her last sister, my great aunt Lucille, died just this last year.  I think Lucille was 105, lived on her own and kept a shot gun by the door.  Always advised me to get a dog rather than additional husbands; dogs are more "reliable", even if they don't last quite so long.  (I think she buried six-- husbands.  I think she was talking about dogs' lifespans, however.)

My mother and I had a great day in Door County, ate at a Kristi's Pub, picked cherries, saw the King of the Garden Gnomes and took in the Door Garden run by the Master gardeners of Door County, which is a very talented bunch of people.  I'll do a separate post on that, but the bench from this post was at the Door Garden on the Door County Agricultural Research Station.


  1. We used to go picking sour cherries in Michigan, then Judy would make cherry jam. I remember they had a hand cranked machine that would pit the cherries. Sounds like you had a fun trip. Somewhere I heard something about gnomes being very big around Door County because there were lots of people from Iceland. Or maybe Germany, I forget.

  2. Glad you had a great time in Door County. It is a great place and I go there very often all Summer long. The gardens here are just south of that county so life and climate are much the same. The crop of cherries this year is way about average and everyone up there is happy with that. I keep thinking about planting cherry trees here on the shore - but I never get around to that. I'll stick with the many flowers. JC