Big, ripe, plump and ready for picking and pies!
Travel to the farms in Londonderry, NH, within in a hour ride from the seacoast, the White Mountains, or even Boston, for delicious cherries ready to eat. You can pick your own at Sunnycrest Farm and Elwood Orchards. The season is very short for sweet cherries, it is only a week and a few days long. It starts at the end of June and goes through July 4th weekend, but it can end before then. Towards the fall there is also a sour cherry season, Elwood Orchards is known for this variety they can be found right along the roadway.
Did you know…
Closely related to plums and other stone fruit, cherries have been known and appreciated since ancient times. Cherries are very versatile fruits and can be a part of any meal or dessert. From breakfast to soups and salads, these find their way into any food item easily! Being delicious, these can be frozen and devoured whenever you wish! Studies have shown the cherry fruit to have plenty of health benefits. These are known to provide pain relief for people who suffer from arthritis. It is said that eating 20 tart cherries in a day can prove to fight inflammation effectively.
Ripe cherries off the tree mean success and happiness. It takes about 250 cherries to make a cherry pie, so each tree has a potential producing enough cherries for 28 pies. The same chemicals that give tart cherries their color may relieve pain better than aspirin and ibuprofen in humans.
Cherry Picking Facts
- Pick your cherries with stems attached. They last longer this way.
- Pick cherries at their peak of size and ripeness. Unlike bananas or pears, they will not ripen off the tree.
- While cherries should be firm, they should not be hard. A hard, rock-like cherry is a sign that the cherry is beginning to spoil.
Farms that have fresh U-Pick Cherries in Londonderry:
Sunnycrest Farm, fields open 7 AM to noon
Elwood Orchard, fields open 8 AM to 6 PM
Picking season begins at the end of June between the 24th and the 30th and last about one week only.