Monday, July 09, 2007

Driving through the Traverse City, Michigan area this week, I was amazed at orchard after orchard after orchard of cherry trees, broken only by an occasional vineyard. We learned that 75 percent of the cherries in the US come from this area. I picked up a flyer from a "buy local" organization that covered farmers markets and produce from about a five-county area. Very slick publication. We in Ohio could learn from it!

Cherries are definitely in season here. The tart cherries are just finishing and the sweet cherries are in full swing. I've picked up some recipes that look marvelous.

Also learned a new phrase: "this farm has been environmentally verified".

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