It’s that time of year again…as the July 4th holiday arrives, so do the cherries (at least in PA).
One of our best summer days EVER was a day trip to Erie County. It started in the morning at Mobilia Fruit Farm (and winery!) picking our own cherries under a crystal clear blue sky. Afterward, with our bounty of cherries loaded in the cooler we headed to the beaches of Presque Isle for a day of soaking up the sun, kite flying and body surfing the waves of Lake Erie. This particular day started something we now strive to repeat every year in late June/early July when the cherries are in season.
The entire northern edge of Erie County borders Lake Erie and is a bountiful region of fertile farmland with a unique growing climate tempered by the lake waters. Well-known for its vineyards, the area also boasted a number of successful cherry producing farms in the early to mid 20th century, from which emerged a thriving fruit packing industry. Today’s farms that offer pick-your-own cherries honor this industry’s heritage, many growing both sweet and sour varieties. Mobilia Fruit Farm that we visited not only offers fresh, pick-your-own cherries, they also pit and freeze their sour cherries, beautifully preserving them for cherry pies and other tasty treats year-round.
Less than a 2-hour drive from Pittsburgh, the Lake Erie region of the Keystone state is a perfect day-trip, whether you’re headed to the beaches, to one (or more) of the many farms to pick your own summer treats … or both!
Those freshly picked cherries were a refreshing snack that sunny summer day on the beach…and they were equally delicious in a number of dishes we created back home, including this version of summer’s favorite dessert – ice cream! Can’t wait to get back there this year!!
For more cherry treats from past visits, see our other posts HERE.
….and HAPPY July 4th!!