Cherry Jubilee



Rainier cherries ripe for the picking.  We went up to the Leona Valley, about 15 minutes from Palmdale, CA to pick cherries on Saturday.  I’ve been doing this for the past few years.  Cherry picking is pretty painless if you’re just doing it for your own use.

The Leona Valley Cherry Growers Association has directions and picking conditions, etc. They will be open this week and weekend June 10-16th, at least.

Last weekend, the valley was under evacuation due to the Powerhouse Fire, so they lost one of their three or four annual opportunities to let people pick fresh pesticide free fruit.  We went to one of the smaller orchards and picked 15 pounds in about 20 minutes!

We hear good things about the Mexican restaurant at the crossroads in little Leona Valley.


Very inviting! Find your tree and pick!


They warned us about the cannons that go off periodically to keep the birds off the crops.  Probably cheaper than pesticides, too.


Hydra’s haul.  It’s hard to stop picking!


I mixed Big Utahs, Rainiers, and Bings randomly.


The lane leads to where you weigh and pay.  Some farms are big enough that they offer trams to the orchards. Some are small enough that you don’t have to walk this far.


Is that a sink full of joy, or what?

3 thoughts on “Cherry Jubilee

  1. kitty says:


  2. seabluelee says:

    I’m glad you got your cherries, they look mouth-watering. But what will you do with so many? Do you freeze or preserve them?

    • Sundry says:

      We spread the joy! We took some to a potluck Saturday and to a board meeting Sunday and sent the leftovers home with friends we knew would appreciate them. Took some to work on Monday. Ate a lot. Froze a few!

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