We have three young tart cherry trees.  We have had a bit of harvest in the past few year…enough to make a pie.  But this year, we have hit a new level!

I have been harvesting a bit at a time as the berries get ripe to stay ahead of the birds.  Once they catch on that there are ripe cherries for the taking…forget it!

So, each day I harvested a pint or so.  But now, it is a half gallon a day!  And that is just picking what I can reach from the ground!  My ladders are all at the reno and besides I do not need more cherries than I am harvesting.



A day’s harvest.  Then to pit them.  Luckily, I have an antique pitter that pits two cherries at a time.  You can put a handful of cherries in the feed tray and let the pitter shafts gather eight cherries at a batch.

I looked online for a more efficient pitter but could find nothing near this efficient for a home cook.  Go antiques!



About Retired woman

retired, dealing with parents recent deaths, wondering what lies ahead with the health of my spouse, overall enjoying each day, love cooking, gardening, travel, Grandsons, family, small town life
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