It’s the season! Cherries are back at our farmers markets.
The late frosts and bad weather has meant that lots of fruit and vegetable varieties are behind this year, and cherries are no exception but they are back!
We spoke to Michael Dallaway to find out how he’s been coping during COVID-19
Michael grows cherries at four different sites on the Kent/ East Sussex border. He sets his standards extremely high and only picks the cherries when they are fully ripened so that each and every cherry is a truly mouth-watering experience.
During the 5 weeks of the cherry season Michael will bring over 15 different varieties for you to be able to try at selected markets.
Out of season, Michael brings his cherry juice to a few markets and sells it at fairs and events; these have stopped due to COVID, limiting their farm income.
Luckily he’s not needed pickers till now as the harvest has only just begun. Usually his pickers come from the Czec Republic. This year they’re all local students who are happy to pick cherries and as Michael says, feed their buddies.
The biggest problem for the farm has been installing a new covering system. It was ordered from Lombardy last winter and due to arrive early May. It’s only just arrived which means the team are hard at work providing a dry environment for their trees just at the time they’ve started picking.
Thankfully the wet weather has only slightly affected the crop; as usual the birds get part of them but there are enough to go around!
Michael is looking forward to returning to our markets. This year, because his wife has asthma and is shielding he won’t be at markets himself unless he needs to be, but he hopes you’ll love his cherries. The first pick is called Merchant, a dark red variety which Michael says has a lovely flavour.
You can also rent a cherry tree on Michaels' farm see more here.
We also look forward to seeing cherries from our other farmers including Perry Court Farm, Chegworth Valley, Fiveways Fruit Farm, Millets Fruit and Brambletye.
You don't need us to tell you how delicious English cherries are; enjoy the short season.
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