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!
- Fresh Cherry Tart (cafecarol.com)
- Griotte Cherry Clafoutis Recipe (greatbritishchefs.com)
- Cherry Harvest (agriculturaprofetica.wordpress.com)
- Michigan’s sweet cherry crop in good shape despite cold spring, growers and packers say (mlive.com)