Lesson #1: embrace imperfections.
Recent rains made some cherry crops unsalable due to imperfections. It didn’t matter to us as we were freezing or dehydrating our cherries. Imperfect fruit is just as tasty and nutritious.
Lesson #2: things can get messy
I learned the hard way to wear latex gloves after cherry stained fingernails took many days to wear off.
Lesson #3: be generous
David Suzuki once said his mother didn’t mind sharing fruit with nature. There was so much that the birds got their share too.
Lesson #4: be open to new ideas
After pitting, I made cherry pie filling, cherry jam, cherry bbq sauce, froze cherries, dried cherries, and have fresh cherries in our guest’s morning fruit cups.
Lesson #5: don’t double handle
We had a little challenge between my German engineered single cherry pitter and our neighbour’s 6 cherry multi pitter. Sorry, the lab tech in me prefers single piece flow.
And lastly. . .
Lesson #6: it’s only cherries
I was fretting running out of time to pick the last bunch of fruit. After losing a parent this spring and all the grief and process involved afterwards, Rick reminded me, its only cherries.
That’s my view from the deck.
Rick & Gayle Grant
Naramata Lakeside Guesthouse