Don’t Miss Idaho Cherries
Ready for some great news?! There are over 15 different varieties of cherries grown in the state of Idaho, making Idaho among the top 5 producers in the nation for sweet cherry production! And what’s even better is cherry season is here – starting in mid-June! Cherries are the first fruit of the summer season to make an appearance at farmers markets, produce stands, and local retailers. So whether you plan on indulging in cherries freshly picked or transforming them into a mouthwatering pie, make sure you look to Idaho cherries as your primary ingredient.
If you are looking for a fun family outing check out the Emmett Cherry Festival! This annual event is held during the second week of June and is a great way to get the family excited about the local fruit season. Featuring vendors from across the state, bake-offs, pie-eating contests, and more, this is an opportunity to support local cherry farmers and have a blast! Another family outing idea is taking a trip to a local orchard for some cherry picking fun. Although fall and spring freezes have reduced the local cherry crop, you can still find some orchards offering u-pick opportunities such as Northview Orchard in Buhl or Walker Fruit Ranch in Emmett.
Idaho cherries are not only sweet and delicious, but they are also a healthy addition to your menu. Cherries are a good source of antioxidants and Vitamins A and C. And with only 77 calories, one cup of cherries is a guilt free dessert option. However, if you are in the mood to indulge, try this recipe for Chocolate Cherry Pie – a quick no-bake dessert appropriate for any event!
The cherry season is short – lasting only 4-6 weeks – so don’t wait to get your Idaho-grown cherries at a local orchard, farmers market or your favorite grocery store!
For a list of Idaho cherry growers and their locations visit idahopreferred.com.