I’ve been hankering for cherries ever since I saw that recipe in Food & Wine. The one with the port-soaked cherries over ricotta. That’s not the kind of thing you can mention in passing and then expect a girl to go about her daily chores in a focused way. No, not when there are cherry trees to locate.
But who in Massachusetts grows cherries? Anyone? Let me save you some legwork. YES. Carver Hill Orchard in Stow does. And so we went.
Tractors are always popular with the kids. Especially shiny, red ones.
We found grasshoppers in the tall grass next to the strawberry fields. I already have my source for strawberries, though, and you can’t tell me that anyone grows them better.
Now it’s like Christmas Day for me. Rainier cherries, sweet and delicious. We filled a quart and then picked up a pint of Bings from their farm store. Those came from their other orchard where the wind from one of those crazy thunderstorms we’ve been having lately knocked them all down.
Last week may have been it for cherry-picking, but you can pick your own peaches around the last week of July so mark your calendars. They have apple-picking, too, in season of course. This is the same orchard that makes the Box Hill apple cider that Russo’s stocks. Quite good. They also have an ice cream stand, as if grasshoppers, toads, and tractors aren’t enticement enough.
Carver Hill Orchard, Rt. 62 West, Brookside Ave., Stow, MA, 978-897-6117.