More on fruit picking…
We are hoping to go cherry-picking the weekend of June 28 at Prospect Hill Orchard in Milton, NY. I’ve been on a cherry kick this season, especially after reading this from Dr. Mao somewhere on the Internet.
Cherries contain these beneficial anthocyanin compounds, which stimulate your pancreas to produce insulin. In fact, Chinese researchers have observed that cherries help keep diabetics healthy. These compounds also protect you against cancer, arthritis, and heart disease because they lower cholesterol.
My daughter also likes cherries though we have to be careful with the pits. It usually requires splitting open the cherry, getting cherry juice all over my (white) pants and then giving her a piece.
I remember as a kid I would go with my friend’s family to pick strawberries and blueberries. They usually made these great jams and pies. I’m not that adventurous in the baking department. Popping them in our mouths is tasty enough.
There are lots of places to pick berries locally. Here are some pick-your-own fruit farms to consider this season: Lyman Orchards in Middleton, CT., has blueberries, raspberries and peaches; Barton Orchards in Poughquag, NY, has raspberries, blueberries, black currants and gooseberries in July; Mead Orchards in Tivoli, NY, has strawberries, cherries, blueberries and peaches this month and next and Secor Strawberries in Wappingers Falls.