Well so much for thinking that the 10+ pounds of Marostica cherries would be enough to eat and cook with. I had every intention of sharing something, even a simple thing like cherry cobbler or cherry tiramisu, but the bulk of our purchase ended up in our bellies. What more can I say? The harvest this year may not have been as great as 2015, but the cherries were so delicious that it was impossible to keep our hands out of the fridge.
At the cherry festival in Mason Vicentino (a few miles west of Marostica), a competition for the best of the best had crates of plump, shiny red, amazingly perfect specimens on display at the judging station. Hand-selected and inspected one-by-one by the respective producers, they were the ultimate of the season’s crop. Local roadside stands were everywhere (even at a gas station!) so you didn’t even need to check out a festival to buy some. Now I know better to buy more the next time. Have a cherry good day!
Mister B actually does not like cherries
Back in March we went to see the cherry blossoms, but this time around we spent a 4-day weekend in Marostica for the cherries: piled high in a bowl, in creamy gelato, in a cocktail drink, with pasta, on cheese, and even plucked from a tree when nobody was looking. More cherries in the days to come.
Cascina Peliza, Castel Cerreto (BG)
To think that we were hunched over picking strawberries under blazing sunshine a couple of weekends ago. Row upon row of red, sweet, juicy fruit, just waiting to be plucked. I feel for our favorite farm who pretty much has to suck it up when bad weather puts harvesting on hold. We’re stuck with this rain for a few more days but thankfully no hail – yet.
At 6€/kilo, we made sure to pick the best-looking ones. Certainly you can get strawberries for less than half that at the supermarket, but the fact that these are organically grown is worth the extra cost.
The cherry trees are at the right height to harvest without needing a ladder. Some held more fruit than others but unless you’re making a load of pies for a pie-eating contest, one tree is probably all you’ll need to visit. The farm supplies punnets and crates for collecting. While we were there, I took note of the apricot orchard which should be ripe and ready in another month. We need sun!