I always end up on my classic rock Pandora station when I run. Okay, it’s not just when I run. The ’80’s are alive and well on my music lineup no matter where I am, and when Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” came up in the rotation the other day…I won’t hold it fully responsible for the need to bake with cherries that took hold, but it’s up there on the culprit list.
It doesn’t help that cherries are wonderfully and beautifully in season here in Northern Virginia. Those cherry blossoms that we were oohing and aahing over a couple months ago have sprung to ripe juicy life and are in need of harvesting. And right now, you can find them all over the place, in farmers’ markets, in roadside stands, and at pick-your-own farms.
We’ve been checking out different places to go picking but almost accidentally happened upon Hartland Orchard, about an hour from us in Markham, when we were driving back from another event. They sell gorgeous cherries in their shop and will give you a basket to go pick your own. We grabbed cherries from the stand this time, but next time, we’re going picking! And if they’re out of cherries, their peaches are supposed to come ripe in August and September.