This weekend’s gathering for cherry picking in Leona Valley has been cancelled because many of the cherry farms have announced that their trees have not borne as much fruit as anticipated. From Charles Rosenberg:
The cherry picking season was strange this year. It started early and has ended early. There were fewer cherries this year because of a frost in April that ruined the crop for a number of orchards. Leona Valley will still be having the cherry parade on Saturday the 9th but ironically none of the orchards will be open. One of the farms posted the following message on their website: “All our fruit is gone. Farming is so unpredictable and frustrating. We are so sorry if we misled our dear friends and customers. We know many of you were planning to come this weekend.”
Please let Slow Food members know that our cherry picking trip is cancelled. I will be organizing a peach picking excursion later in the summer and I will let you know when that happens.
Thanks to those of our members and friends who wrote to express their interest in this event; we’ll share more news about fruit picking opportunities, and continue to keep you informed about the fall-out from this spring’s storms.