Cherry Picking in Toronto & the GTA
Cherry season in Ontario runs in June and July but always check with the farm first before making the trip out. Here's where to pick your own in Ontario, along with tips on how to pick this tasty fruit!
Cherry picking can be a great way to spend an afternoon as a family, as well as getting fresh fruit. Cherries not only taste great but they also provide the body with key nutrients. They contain natural antioxidants that keep you healthy and are packed with Vitamine C! The key to picking the right cherries is timing because unlike some fruit, they do not ripen off the vine. In order to get the maximum flavour, you should only pick the cherries that have just ripened
Fresh cherries can be baked into pies, swirled into ice cream, tossed into Summer salads or just popped into your mouth, one by one.
How to Pick Cherries
- Wait until fruit colour is fully developed. The cherries should be deep red to mahogany.
- Pick the cherries one by one. Do not pull them off in bunches or break off branches. If the buds or branches are destroyed, the tree will lose its ability to produce fruit to full capacity.
- Grip the very top of the cherry stem firmly with your thumb and index finger. Your fingers should rest at the top of the cherry's soft stem just under the bud, the woody part that is attached to the branch. Twist the top of the stem as you pull it down and away from the bud.
- Place the cherries gently into a basket or bucket. Cherries bruise easily, so be careful.
- Store fresh cherries in a shallow bowl in the coldest part of your refrigerator.
Where to Go
Here are some local farms where you can pick your own cherries:
Always check with the farm first, before heading out. Looking for more locations? Visit: www.harvestontario.com.
Where does your family go to pick cherries?